Among Orvis’ broad line of fishing waders, the Encounter Wader offers anglers Orvis quality found in higher-end waders at a value-minded price point. The Encounter Wader by Orvis is a budget-minded, breathable wader built along a similar construction pattern to waders twice its cost. Comfortable, durable, and easy-on-the-wallet are all words that should come to mind when looking at the Encounter Wader by Orvis.The Encounter Wader is an excellent value, breathable wader best intended for fishing applications. Anglers will appreciate the comfort, breathability, and body specific sizing of the Orvis Encounter Wader.
Most breathable waders follow a similar construction pattern. However, there are certain features that set some waders apart from the rest. The Encounter Waders are built with a breathable four-layer nylon construction, the same found on waders much more expensive. Additional protection is added on the highest wear areas of the lower legs to extend the lifespan of your investment.
The fit of this wader has been enhanced to provide anglers with optimal comfort. The Encounter Wader now models its fit after the award-winning Silver Sonic line of waders by Orvis. On top of a newly enhanced fit, the Encounter Wader is offered in a broad range of sizes to fit anyone from large men to women and even kids. This vast number of sizes offered is a rarity among waders in this price spectrum.
As with any good wader, the Encounter Wader comes with a few welcome features. Integrated nylon gravel guards with lace hook assists in keeping your wading boots free of debris. The belt loops and included elastic wading belt are an excellent safety feature when getting into deeper water. Lastly, the handwarmer pocket and front storage pouch are akin to those of higher end waders.
Enhanced Fit - Comfort and performance were added to the newest generation of the Encounter Wader. Modeled after the award-winning Silver Sonic series of waders by Orvis, the new fit will be appreciated by anglers. On top of that, the huge range of sizes available for men, women, and children helps to ensure everyone has a comfortable and proper fitting wader out on the water.
Reinforced - Additional reinforced fabric on the high wear areas of the lower legs is a feature found on most quality breathable waders. Anglers will inevitably spend some time crouched or resting on their knees. Having extra durability on these high wear areas will do wonders for extending the lifespan of your waders.
Functional Features - Many great features are offered in the Encounter wader that are comparable to much more expensive waders. On those colder mornings, you will certainly appreciate the side-entry handwarmer pockets located on the chest of the waders. In front of the handwarmer pockets, there is an additional storage pocket for smaller items you want close at hand. The gravel guards are another feature that I certainly seek out in a pair of stockingfoot fishing waders and are standard on the stockingfoot Encounter Wader.
Durability - These waders may not match the durability of much higher-end waders. Sometimes, when spending the extra money on those top-of-the-line waders, you are paying for more durable, high-performance materials and enhanced fabric seams. Taking precautions not to tear your waders, proper maintenance, and sealing any holes initially will all aid in durability and extending the lifespan of your waders.
Warmth - Keeping you warm is not the selling point of breathable waders. If you are looking to fish in very cold waters and don’t need to be worried about getting hot and clammy in your waders, you would be best to go with a different pair of neoprene waders. The Encounter Wader is breathable and does not offer much insulation. If you occasionally fish in colder conditions, you still retain the flexibility to layer clothes underneath your breathable waders.
What are the Orvis Encounter Waders Best For?
This is the pair of waders for the budget-minded angler. TOr for the angler who doesn’t want to break the bank on the highest end gear but doesn’t want a significant sacrifice in quality. The Encounter Wader by Orvis delivers the same quality engineering found in top-of-the-line waders in a value-minded package.
Breathable waders are best-suited for anglers who anticipate fishing in fair to warm weather conditions. The benefit of the breathable nylon is the ability for water vapor molecules (evaporated sweat) the pass through the fabric while still being waterproof. On a warm summer day, you will be glad your waders are breathing instead of being hot and clammy like rubber waders.
These waders are available in both a bootfoot and stockingfoot option. I myself, prefer to purchase stockingfoot waders. I recommend stockingfoot waders to better optimize the fit of a wading boot versus a clunky integrated rubber bootfoot. A stockingfoot is an excellent option for anglers who anticipate walking more than a few hundred yards on a fishing outing. If you don’t plan on covering ground in your waders, a bootfoot wader may be more convenient for your application.
For anglers of all shapes and sizes, the Orvis Encounter Wader likely offers a well-fitted size. These waders are available in a wide breadth of sizes often not found in comparable waders. No more awkward fitting waders, even for those “not so normal” body builds.
For anglers that require waders for their style of fishing, price can be an issue, particularly on high wear items like breathable waders. Thankfully, Orvis has offered budget-conscious anglers an option without a sacrifice in performance. The Encounter Wader brings in the best of both worlds with a value-focused design that brings in elements of higher end waders without breaking into that price spectrum.