The Frogg Toggs Camo Amphib Waders were definitely a piece of gear I was looking forward to review. I have a few friends wearing them for hunting, so it was easy for me to get my hands on this pair of chest waders. Also, all of them seemed to be totally convinced that in terms of price/performance ratio, these are the number one, when you are looking for mid-range neoprene waders. Still, I will try my best to give you my unbiased opinion.
- 3.5mm Neoprene Fabric combined with polyester jersey shell
- Stitched, glued and taped triple-finished seams
- 600 gram Thinsulate Insulation in attached boots
- reinforced knee pads
Construction Of The Frogg Toggs Amphib
3.5mm Neoprene waders combined with insulated boots: Frogg Togg tried to make equipment, that you can wear even under tough and cold conditions. If you live in moderate climate with exceptional cold days and you need more than just waterproof protection, this is the right choice of material. In contradiction to the 5mm neoprene, which is also very popular, you should be able to walk from fishing spot to fishing spot without overheating too much, at least when it’s not summer. The camo patterns used here, are standard “Realtree” types and should be suitable for most occurrences. The knees a reinforced with rectangular kneepads, and combined with the neoprene used here, are undeniably durable enough for duck hunting, or other material challenging occasions. The seams are glued, taped and stitched which is common for these products. All in all you definitely feel like you hold a quality product in your hands. The pair I borrowed for this review was already used a few times for hunting and still looked like it came right out of the box.
I ordered one size bigger than my usual size for boots and the fitting was good. A lot of people do not know, that slightly longer legs are intended to protect the seams from stretching too much, and that is exactly what Frogg Togg aimed for in the Amphibs.
The boots come insulated with 600 gram “Thinsulate Ultra” which provides enough warmth for longer fishing sessions. Since they are already attached, you do not have to worry about debris or stones entering your boots and therefore gravel guards are not needed. One item less you have to worry about! They are also surprisingly comfortable since the boots are fairly high and have good sized collars, that prevent them from pressing too hard against you legs, which can be a problem during longer fishing sessions. The ankle support is unfortunately not what you would wish for.
Shoulder straps are adjustable and made from neoprene as well, and are secured on the inside. When you are hunting this could turn out to be a problem considering the two rings, meant to attach a shell holder, are on the outside around the same height. As soon as you attach said shell holder, the velcro used here might get pulled off, depending on the weight of the attachment. I used it to attach a line clipper, which it was perfect for.
As usual, these chest waders come with the typical front pocket, including a storage pocket, as well as bilateral handwarmer pockets for colder days. A wading belt is not included, and should be purchased separately, do not go wading without one!
How The Frogg Toggs Amphib Perform In the stream
If there is one thing where the Frogg Toggs Amphib overperform, it is insulation. They are made for cold temperatures. I made the mistake, to try them on a normal late summer/early fall day and even though I fished early in the morning, with no direct sun around, I still started to sweat. If you need something for winter outdoor activities, this is the right pair.
As most neoprene waders, they are pretty flexible and did not limit my movement at all.
- Durable material and reinforced knee pads
- Well insulated boots
- Good flexibility for neoprene waders
- Bad placement of rings for the shell holders
Final Review Of The Frogg Toggs Amphib
There are barely any arguments against them, and I certainly see why I heard so much good about this product. If you want neoprene waders with boots for under 200 dollars, this is honestly the best you can get. The Frogg Toggs Amphib feel like something way more worth, and could easily compete with items from around the 300 dollars price range. No matter if you plan on duck hunting or fly fishing, you can’t really go wrong here and that is why they are also included in my list of best duck hunting waders.