LL Bean Stowaway Ultralight Waders 2

The LL Bean Stowaway Ultralight Waders are touted as “Waterproof in the river; ultralight in your pack and as LL Bean’s lightest, most-packable waterproof waders.” I was intrigued and put them to the test to find out if all the hype was true.

“LL Bean claimed that you’ll never find an excuse to leave [their] lightest, most-packable waders back at camp. And at just under two pounds, [they] are equally lightweight and hardworking.” I had these waders in mind for some backcountry streams where I’d be carrying all my supplies in on my back. Packed they measure just 13.5”x9”. So if the water temps are going to be too cold to wet wade and you know you’ll be getting wet stuff these in the bottom of your pack. You’ll hardly notice they are there!

LL Bean Stowaway Ultralight Waders

“… Durability wasn’t sacrificed either to achieve a lighter weight [they] just eliminated the stitching. [The] Super Seam® technology joined the seams with a super-adhesive to greatly reduce the chances of a leak, for the most watertight seams [LL Bean] has ever made. This new construction method creates a more flexible wader    allowing you to move more naturally in the water.” While I can’t attest to the new tech making these seems the most watertight LL Bean has ever made I can attest to the fact that they were a very comfortable and flexible wader. I normally wet wade, as I hate the cumbersome nature of having on to much gear. However, with the onset of fall the water temps in Japan have plummeted and I’ve been quite happy with the LL Bean Stowaway Ultralight Waders. While I can’t say that “I hardly notice I have them on” they are comfortable and I don’t feel like I’m wearing a space suit in the river.

“A simple-to-use three-point shoulder harness provides easy on/off. Secure, waterproof and removable interior pocket holds phone, cash and keys. Our lightweight PerfectFit wading belt is the fastest adjusting belt on the market. 3 mm ergonomic neoprene booties are form-fit with a ‘built-in gravel guard.” The harness and belt help these waders wear comfortably but allow plenty of layering during inclement or sub-freezing temps.

I would be remiss without mentioning LL Bean’s excellent customer service. On one trip I accidentally threw away the waterproof removable interior pocket. I contacted LL Bean and told them my tale of woe and within a few weeks I had a new interior pocket delivered to my doorstep (and in case you were wondering I did not mention that I was testing and reviewing the wader for www.seattlebackpackersmagazine.com)

LL Bean Stowaway Ultralight Waders

9.5

Comfort

10.0/10

Flexibility

8.5/10

Waterproofness

10.0/10

Durability

9.5/10

Pros

  • Light
  • Comfortable
  • Durable
  • LL Bean Customer Service

Cons

  • None
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