Rated 5 out of 5 by pillcaster nice so far
I have only been on the water twice, but so far, no leaks. I had the old model Kennebec waders with the sewn seams, which I loved. They lasted 3 years, which I think is good, considering I give waders a lot of use. The new model, with the "sonic" seam technology, seem to be a little lighter in weight than the old model. I like the new clear sealable internal pocket, great for your phone. The belt on these is great, you can cinch it down for a good fit. The suspenders are really nice. The new bootie design fits better. A sizing note; I am 5'9", 200 lbs, size 11 shoe, 29" inseam. Most waders are uncomfortably too long in the legs for me, I ordered the stout large, they fit great thru the legs, long enough for climbing but not excessively long. They are plenty big thru the chest, actually a little too big, but I can wear multiple layers when I need to. When I don't need to, I can cinch in the belt at that takes up the excess and it gives a comfortable fit. Last time out, I wore sweat pants over my jeans and the waders still fit fine. The real test, of course, is if they stay leak free for the next 3 years, like my last pair. I recommend you brush any sand, gravel out of the gravel guard seam and hang up the waders immediately after each use. I would suggest LL Bean put a net loop at the top back of the suspenders, I made my own with a rivet tool and it works well.
February 3, 2016
Rated 1 out of 5 by Kpoag Do not stand the test of time
I have owned these waders for just over a year and have been disappointed. I have had to have them replaced multiple times due to leaking. I am an avid fly fisherman and take good care of my equipment. I would expect pair of waders in this price range to last 3-5 years. I have not had a pair of these last over 6 months.
February 1, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Russmon Sizing Perfect
Didnt have a chance to put them through their paces yet but material, workmanship seem definitely LL Bean standard. We shal see...............
January 13, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Mdl1 Customer service
I have to say LL bean has the nicest and most helpful staff I've ever contacted. They went out of their way to take care of my issue I had with waders. They also have the fastest delivery,had my new waders in 2 days time. Great business and employees.
December 2, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Crossdraw Good waders
Comfortable, dry, nicely designed and constructed.
October 22, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by JH1980 Best Fitting Waders
I recently purchased the Kennebec Waders to replace my old waders. First off, I am 5'11", 150 lbs, size 10.5-11 shoe size. I opted for the medium size waders. They fit incredible. Not too baggy, not too tight. The stocking foot seems to be a perfect fit just like a sock. They are very light in weight. The shoulder straps have two adjustments on each side allowing for a perfect fit. The clear cell phone pouch inside is genius, no more pulling my phone out to see who's calling. The built in belt is nice, although I'm not comfortable leaving expensive pliers on them yet. I will primarily use these waders to fish the surf and back bays. Time will tell how they hold up with the waves and turbulent sand getting inside the gravel guards. With Beans flawless warranty, I worry less about them leaking over time. Hope this review helps.
October 14, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Rafdawg34 Solid waders
First time using LL Bean and tried them out since someone had recommended them to me for new waders. So, I recently bought these waders and have used them for about 15 days on the water. So far, great fit and comfortable. They fit my strout body well. Also, there are no punctures yet even with some thorny wading that I have done in this short period of time. Plus, they are easier on and off than other wader for some reason
One only slight issue I have is that the hand pockets in the front seem are not that big and seem to not fit where I would normally place my hands to put them in a front pocket
August 17, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Blackdogfish Very good waders so far
Have worn these on several outings now and so far they are great.
I use these for both freshwater trout fishing and ocean/shore surfcasting in RI/MA beaches and rocks. They are doing great for both. These are nice and lightweight,,,the sizing, as is the case with most waders, can be tricky since you have the regular size thing as well as "Stout/Skinny sort of thing as well. I had to return one pair and get another to get a good fit. so be it. They are a bit baggy- I must say...I think this is just the style...maybe it's a "homie" thing. ;-)
I'd rather have them a bit loose than tight. They are really breathable and walking the shoreline and climbing over large rocks this past weekend- I did not get overheated and did not get damp underneath them. Awesome!
The silicone-plastic waterproof Ziploc pouch for cell phones inside the chest of the waders is great. it keeps my cellphone handy for taking pictures. Since the pouch is clear, I can flip it up and see whose calling and decide if I want to take the call/text...depending on how good the fishing is! ;-)
The "handwarmer" pocket and the small accessory pocket are just right and not overly complex. Straps and strap padding are great. Gravel guards work well in concert with my new Bean West Branch boots and keep sand out of the boots when surf- fishing beaches.Only thing I would have liked, and been willing to pay more for, is reinforced knees. Overall, very happy and I hope they are durable...who wants waders that leak when you're into fish at 3AM in the dark...I'd rather have waders that are durable and last a good while than have to rely on a return policy. But I know I'll be able to return them if needed.
I think my long term solution is to have two pairs. One pair as the backup, so if I need to ship a pair back for exchange the next morning after fishing, I can, and grab the second pair from the truck for that night.
May 20, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5
by Michigan44degreesLat Functional and Comfortable
I planned to leave on my fly fishing trip to the Au Sable in Grayling, MI two weeks away from the day I ordered my Kennebec Waders with Superseam Technology. I could not have been happier and relieved when they arrived a week before I left, all that was left now was to try them on and hope the fit would be good. The fit is very good and the added bonus was the design, waterproof functional inside chest pocket which held my fishing license and wallet, chest hand warmer pocket - which got some use on the Au Sable in April, the zip close exterior chest pocket for left or right access, and the wading belt which is an excellent design for function and feel. Keep up the good work! L.L. would be proud of you!!
May 8, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by MOFish Very Comfortable Waders
I really like this model of wader. It fits me very well and is comfortable in the water and walking on land. The hand and zip pockets are really handy. I really like the belt feature also as I can attach my wading staff and creel. Overall very good. The only reason I did not give it 5 stars is that the first set developed a seep in the crotch in less than 3 uses...that made me look like I wet my pants when I took them off as well as a little damp feeling while using. LL Bean is great about replacements and I have another set that is dry so far. Again I really like these waders.
April 22, 2015