I’ve been using the Rustic Ridge LX waders for a couple years now, and up until a couple weeks ago, have been very impressed with the durability and quality of the materials.
The Rustic Ridge LX waders are breathable, durable, and comfortable. Some waders I have used in the past trap a lot of condensation and get pretty wet inside. Outside of a few very long, hot summer days, I haven’t experienced that issue with these waders at all. Unfortunately, I have recently experienced a problem with the quality of the materials used in the construction of the waders.
These waders have several reinforced sections of material, and those reinforced sections are incredibly durable. I once slid 20ft down a rocky embankment and was pleasantly surprised to find that my waders hadn’t sustained any damage whatsoever. Now I usually fish once or twice a week, and these waders have finally started to give into the wear and tear sustained by normal fishing activities. I will do my best to explain. The inside of the waders uses some sort of a tape material so that no water leaks through the seams. This works great, but on the outside of the waders, the edge of this tape material has created a wear spot. This developed into a pin sized hole on both the left and right leg of the waders. Some super glue has done the trick to fix the leak, but nonetheless, the need for this repair did come as a disappointment.
The buckles and zippers are all high quality and function well. There is one exterior zipper pocket and one interior zipper pocket. The interior pocket is great for ensuring that any valuables you carry stay dry and protected. There are a few small, open top mesh pockets on the front of that I have yet to find a good use for. In my experience, they are somewhat loose pockets and therefore don’t retain small objects well. The last pocket seems to be designed as a handwarmer of sorts but usually ends up being the home for my hat, gloves and a handkerchief.
As far as I know, the Rustic Ridge waders are only available at Sportsman’s Warehouse. I recommend these waders for those who fish occasionally or even frequently, but if you are out on the water once a week or more, then you may want to consider a higher-end option. At the attractive $109-129 price point, you will be hard-pressed to find waders of this quality for any less.
UPDATE: Over the past couple of months, I have been plagued with pin size holes along the seams of the waders below the knees. Luckily they are so small that I don’t usually notice the water intake while I am fishing, but it is a little frustrating to try to find these small holes.