Silver Sonic Convertible-Top Waders

These convertible welded waders offer ultimate convenience and bomb-proof welded seams.


The most versatile welded waders on the market today. Fish dry, and know you'll stay that way. Featuring the patented Orvis SonicSeam technology, all thread and stitch holes are eliminated and seams are double reinforced, prolonging the life of the waders dramatically. These are hard-wearing, breathable, everyday waders for the serious angler. Main wader is made of the same durable 4-layer nylon fabric as the Pack and Travel waders, while the upper is a lighter weight 4-layer nylon, the same fabric used in the Pro Guides. An innovative suspension system allows you to convert them to waist-highs without removing suspenders, a perfect feature for warm spring afternoons. Front zippered pocket is highly water resistant and an ideal storage place for fly boxes, while a flip-out interior waterproof pocket can hold cameras, cell phones, or fishing licenses. Attached gravel guards feature a quick-drain panel to keep you moving. Anatomically correct, sculpted neoprene booties for comfort. Strategically placed lower leg seams run up the back of the wader, reducing abrasion. Wader is cut higher in the front on women's model to provide a more comfortable fit. Wader belt and traditional suspender option included. In overcast/taupe. Outer shell: 100% nylon. Imported.
  • Features the patented Orvis SonicSeam® technology
  • Constructed with a durable 4-layer nylon outer fabric
  • Innovative suspension system easily converts the waders to waist-highs without removing suspenders
  • Anatomically correct neoprene booties for additional comfort
  • Flip-out interior waterproof pocket with touchscreen capabilities for smartphones
  • Attached self-fabric gravel guards with quick-drain mesh panel

Winner of a 2013 Field & Stream Best of the Best Award, as chosen by the editorial staff.


Overall: 4.5/5 starsShow Rating Distribution 4.5 / 5 based on 174 reviews

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157 of 174 reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.

  • 3/5 stars 3/5

    An improvement - 8/12/2014
    By: from U.K.

    I purchased these new at the start of this season. The sizing is good except for the very large neoprene boot which is excessively large and tends to roll up at the heal inside my wading boots. They seem durable except that the stitching is coming apart at the elastic stone guard.

  • 5/5 stars 5/5

    Glad I changed my mind. - 8/5/2014
    By: from Manchester, NH 03103

    Last year I had decided that it was time for a new pair of waders. I decided my new pair should be hip waders and not chest waders do to my age, 75, I am not as steady on my feet as I was 60 years ago. Who is? So I ordered a pair of hip waders from Orvis, I received them late last season. I never opened the box, just put them away and waited for this season to open. In early June we went upstate New Hampshire to trout fish for 3 days. The first day I took them out of the box and tried to put them on. I am 6' tall and weigh 220 lbs. They were Mediums and not the Ex. Large I had ordered. So when I got back home I called Orvis and explained my problem. They understood , but explained to me that they did not have any stock in my size in hip waders and didn't know when they would. I had just received a new Orvis catalog and in there I found the new Silver Sonic Convertible Top Waders. I liked the idea so I ordered a pair and received them 4 days later. So far I have used them twice and I am very satisfied with them. When it's hot, unhook the top and slide them down and they become hip waders. They are great. So after almost a year later, from my first ordering a pair of hip waders, I now have the new Convertible-Top Waders and they are just fine. Luv'm.

  • 1/5 stars 1/5

    Leaks, leaks, and more leaks - 7/31/2014
    By: from New Hartford, CT

    I bought Silver Sonic waders three weeks before a trip to MT. I wanted to wear them before heading west, and the first time I wore them, both legs leaked. I called Orvis and was told that it would take 6-8 weeks to repair them. I asked for a refund and was refused. I continued to wear them and have now worn them 40-50 times. They always leak. Always. I worn them yesterday and my left leg filled with water. My right pant leg got wet, but at least my whole foot wasn't soaked. Any way to use a zero-star rating?

  • 1/5 stars 1/5

    if they didnt leak they would be great - 7/29/2014
    By: from horton,ny

    I bought a pair in May both stcockings began leaking within 30days. No problem I returned them and they sent me a new pair withn 2 weeks. Now the right stocking is leaking on new pair. Must be a defect. I love Orvis and their customer service, but now I have to do this all over again. Next time Ill order the guide pants.

  • 4/5 stars 4/5

    Excellent Waders - 7/26/2014
    By: from Galveston, TX

    Excellent stocking foot waders. Pack easily and compactly in the included carry bag. Comfortable and dry quickly. Sizing is accurate and fits real world dimensions. Convertible feature is wonderful but releasing the back strap is a bit awkward. Best waders I've ever owned.

  • 3/5 stars 3/5

    Great...but problems - 7/18/2014
    By: from Rolla, Mo

    This is my second pair. The first lasted almost 5 years and then began to delaminate...about what can be expected from breathable waders with regular use. I replaced them and in my second season have found a serious "chafing" issue where the inner stocking foot meets the outer breathable materia, causing me to have a wet foot. Only in one spot but possibly a killer for these waders. I take good care of my waders and love these but if I can't repair the leak I won't purchase another pair. That being said, the design is wonderful and all I could ask for in fit, comfort, and function. I really hope I can repair them!

  • 3/5 stars 3/5

    WY Cowboy - 7/17/2014
    By: from God's Country Wy.

    fit of waders was ok as far as length goes, had they extra long xl. Booties were way to big and bulky. All they did was bunch up inside the boot which was way too much to be comfortable. The convertable part was a little difficult especially the back strap, also miss the front hand warmer pockets, Already sent them back, but going to an Orvis store to try other styles

  • 4/5 stars 4/5

    Mia Culpa - 7/10/2014
    By: from on line

    I've used these waders on three occasions so far, and I really like them. The inside and outside pouches provide plenty of room for gear that needs to stay dry, and there is enough room to hang glasses an a camera around my neck that will stuff into the bib of the wader. The only problem I have is that the booties are too big; but, the way I see, it's not Orvis' fault that I'm 5' 8" tall and weigh 200 lbs. If I lost 20 lbs I could buy a wader with a smaller bootie. These waders will be great in cold weather with a couple pair of socks. In the mean time, perhaps this will serve as incentive to loose some weight.

  • 5/5 stars 5/5

    Lemons to lemonade - 7/3/2014
    By: from Vernon, Texas

    Last month I went to open our cabin after having winterized it months earlier only to find that it had been broken into and my fishing gear stolen, most of which were Orvis products accumulated over many years. As a replacement I purchased Silversonic Convertible waders and Korkers wading boots from Orvis. After repairing the cabin I have put these products to the test and both have been terrific, maybe the best I've ever had.

  • 5/5 stars 5/5

    Intelligent design, superb quality! - 7/3/2014
    By: from England

    Having just returned from a trip to the Findhorn with friends, I can safely say that my Silver Sonic's are now fully tested and passed with flying colours too! This rocky Scottish spate river eats waders, the abrasion of constant rock-hopping and the potential for snags has killed at least a pair each season and sometimes two. A friend and lifelong fisherman recommended I invest in Orvis, this I did and i can say this was the best money I have spent on keeping dry. Previous purchases have been both more and less expensive and none have featured such logical design features and most importantly, the will to survive! This fabric is super lightweight and I fully expected it to fail after a day or two, or one good snag through a gorse bush. It is as tough as a team of sherpas and after fishing for 12 hours one is glad of the comfort the low weight and easy cut affords. Tiny details impressed me; the dual straps option is clever and the front pocket design with seperate waterproof pouch is brilliant. Highland Scotland is where the weather changes from chill to hot in just a few minutes. I never overheated and found the breathable properties of this fabric seemed to work particularly well. I recommend these to any slightly portly yet enthusiastic fisher, they are superbly made and thoughtfully designed.

Size Chart

Wader Sizing Chart: Stockingfoot
Body Size Chest Inseam Range Bootie Options Height Range Weight Range
Small 34-36 28-30 7-9 5'5"-5'8 130-160
Medium/Short 38-40 28-30 7-9 5'5"-5'8 140-180
Medium 38-40 30-32 8-10 5'7"-5'10 140-180
Medium/Long 38-40 32-34 9-11 5'10"-6'1 140-180
Large/Short 42-44 28-30 8-10 5'7"-5'10 180-220
Large 42-44 30-32 9-11 5'10"-6'2 180-220
Large/Long 42-44 32-34 10-12 6'1"-6'4 180-220
Large/XLong 42-44 34-36 10-12 6'5"+ 180-220
XL/Short 46-48 28-30 9-11 5'7"-5'10 210-240
XL 46-48 30-32 10-12 5'10"-6'2 210-240
XL/Long 46-48 32-34 12-14 6'1"-6'4 210-240
XL/XLong 46-48 34-36 12-14 6'5"+ 210-240
XXL/Short 50-52 28-30 10-12 5'7"-5'10 220-260
XXL 50-52 30-32 12-14 5'10"-6'3 220-260

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