Hodgman and Proline are well known names in hunting and fishing circles. Anglers and also fowl hunters are familiar with the variety of waders both companies offers. Take a closer look at the styles available from either company, the sizes they offer, the materials from which the waders are made and also the price tags attached to both companies' products. This review focuses primarily on the camouflage Hodgman and Proline waders, as these are most likely to be chosen by seasoned anglers as well as savvy hunters.
Hodgman and Proline sell a number of different styles. There are solid color waders and also camouflage kinds. Since fishermen agree that camouflage is the way to go in order to prevent fish from catching on that you are in fact in the midst of their habitat, our comparison will focus on this kind.
Proline's camouflage waders are roughly waist high. Nylon suspenders hold them up and ensure a close bodily fit. Hodgman offers two chest high waders. Both are made from neoprene, but one adds puncture resistance while the other does not. Since they are both chest high, the suspenders on the Hodgman models are markedly shorter.
Both Hodgman and Proline waders are boot footed waders. This means that a boot portion is already attached, and you do not have to purchase an additional boot that is separate from the waders. Proline offers men's sizes from 8 all the way up to 13. Hodgman waders begin at size 7 and also go up to a size 13.
Touch the Proline waders and you notice that they are somewhat stiff. Made from waterproof nylon and specially treated seams, they offer complete protection against the elements. The boot portion of the Proline wader is fashioned from rubber. Inside, there are 200 grams of insulation to keep the feet warm, while the exterior of the boot also features cleats that offer the possibility of getting a good grip on slippery rocks.
Run your hand over Hodgman waders, and you will notice that they are made from neoprene. This gives them a more yielding feel and makes them more comfortable to wear. Hodgman boots are made of rubber and the inside is insulated with 1,000 grams of insulation. The model that offers puncture resistance is stiffer to the touch and is more geared to hunters in pursuit of waterfowl than anglers looking for the catch of the day.
Hodgman waders are typically more expensive than the Proline model. Hodgman waders geared toward hunters cost between $250 and $310, while the angler model starts at about $175. The Proline wader is a lot cheaper, usually costing $60 and up.