The premise behind L.L. Bean’s new Helix waders is simple: Eliminate the seams, and you’ll eliminate the leaks. The newest edition to the company’s line of high-quality waders does just that, thanks to a new engineering technology that allows for wader construction with a mere six seams.
That’s half the number of most waders, according to Bean. And since 87 percent of all wader leaks occur at the vulnerable seams, Helix waders are bound to keep you dry, comfortable and warm during a long day on the water.
Helix waders are made of a rugged yet breathable four-layer fabric and feature adjustable neoprene shoulder straps, built-in gravel guards, hand-warming pockets, tough neoprene booties with extra-abrasion-resistent soles and a wading belt that can be worn by itself or in conjunction with an interchangeable lumbar support system. Bottom line on these great new waders: They’ll keep you dry. Period. MSRP is $399. www.llbean.com