History of Chest Waders
With the ancient and prehistoric hunting practices such as fishing and waterfowl hunting of our early and modern civilizations, it was only a matter of time that chest waders would be invented in the coming of modernization and industrialization age. There are fishing techniques that do not require you to be in the water because this would also depend on the kind of fish you want to catch the body of water they are found but sometimes you can best catch the fish when you are soaked. Considering the changing water conditions and the hazards of staying in the water for a long time, our bodies need the right gear to support and protect it when hunting.
As the practice and interest for fishing and waterfowl hunting grew as well as water hobbies, so did the need for protective shoes and perhaps clothing and so chest waders came into the picture. Waders are waterproof boots that extend from the foot to the chest. They are also referred to as fishing trousers. Besides fishing, angling, or waterfowl hunting, they were also (and are still) used for water gardening and maintenance of industrial facilities and utilities such as sewerage and water supply and even for playing with model boats.
The first chest waders were made as early as the 1850s where one of the oldest and pioneering companies that produced them was Hodgman, which was founded in 1838. And from the beginning of the rubber revolution to today’s era, technological changes and modifications have been done giving chest waders a wider range of classification in terms of material, length, size, durability, comfort, and permeability. They’re not only for commercial and recreational purposes but also play an essential role like when floods happen.