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: Show Rating Distribution 4.5 / 5 based on 181 reviews


163 of 181 reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.

  • 5/5


  • 5/5

    silver sonic waders - 9/9/2014

    great fitting and comfortable - almost forgot I had them on.

  • 5/5

    By: from Crestwood,KY

    I tried on regular waders at my local Orvis store to make sure of the size.The store did not have my size in stock for the Convertible Top waders. i placed the order through the store for delivery to my hame at a delayed date since I would be out of town for a few weeks. When i returned home, my waders arriver two days later as promised. The waders are a perfect fit. i have used them twice since i received them and i absolutely love them. They replaced Simms waders. I love that with the convertible top, you can lower them enough to relieve yourself without unstrapping and taking everything off. Best quality i have had in waders.

  • 3/5

    Why is booty so large - 9/9/2014
    By: from Mi

    Not sure about these waders. Very great fit throughout. I am a size 10.5 and run my boots big but holy cow. There is a lot of material I have to stuff around in order to be half way comfortable. They may want to redesign the booty. I have had orvis waders for 18 years. The material is great. If you have a size 11 foot or under you might not like the booty

  • 5/5

    Great waders. - 9/1/2014
    By: from Tennessee

    I've used these a couple times a week for two months. Really like the convertible feature and they seem very durable so far. Unless I'm venturing out waist deep I usually leave the chest in the down position. I'm 5'11" and 180 pounds. I thought I would use a Medium Tall but went to the store to be sure. The Regular Large fits perfect with a little extra room for layers this winter. I did a fair amount of research and don't think there's a better pair of waders at this price point.

  • 5/5

    Great Purchase - 8/28/2014
    By: from Scottsdale, AZ

    The convertible top waders are great. I got the medium short and they fit great including the boot sock. Nice to have boot sock at the right size and not bunch up with wading boots on. The convertible top will be great for warm day fishing on the Colorado River, Lees Ferry.

  • 5/5


  • 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

    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

    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?

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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