What are Vision Kura waders like?
Vision Kura waders are stocking foot chest waders that you wear with separate wading boots. They have an integrated neoprene sock or bootie which goes inside the wading boot and they keep you warm and dry when wading. As they're made from breathable fabric, unlike PVC or neoprene waders, you won't swelter quite so much if your trip involves a long walk.
How are Vision Kura waders made?
Vision Kura waders are ultrasonically sealed rather than having seams that are stitched or welded like other waders. They're made from thin but hardwearing breathable fabric so they're comfortable to wear, even when it's hot, and they'll keep you dry.
What fabric are they made from?
Vision Kura waders are made from "F3.5" breathable waterproof fabric. This consists of a mixture of three and six-layer fabrics, which the six layer sections being present in all of the areas more likely to wear out.
What are the stocking foot booties like?
The neoprene booties or socks on the Vision Kura waders are well sized and very comfortable. I've got size 11 feet and mine go on no problem with room underneath for warm woolly socks in the winter months.
Do they come with gravel guards?
Yes, the bottom of the waders are fitted with a built-in gravel guard. This elasticated cuff on the bottom of the leg section is designed to be pulled down over the top of your boot, while the little hook on the front attaches to the front of your laces. When fitted, it stops grit from getting inside your boots and potentially causing a leak in the stocking foot.
How do they stay up?
They're fitted with soft stretchy braces which are an inch or two wide and are adjustable to let you fit the waders to your height so they don't fall down. Once you've got them adjusted, they're very comfortable to wear and keep you nice and warm.
Are there any pockets?
There's an internal mesh pocket on the inside of the waders inside which you can store small items, as well as a large waterproof pocket on the front which is ideal for your phone and car keys. There are also a couple of smaller pockets and a slot for a pair of forceps.
All of the waterproof pockets have top quality YKK zips to keep out water, but you do need to be careful not to squeeze too much stuff into the front pockets. Forcing a fly box into one led to me ripping off the seal of the zip, rendering the pocket useless.
Do they come with a wading belt?
Yes, there's a fitted elastic wading belt on the waist area. It's adjustable and can be made relatively tight to prevent water from flooding the inside of the waders if you fall in, however, it's not as good as a separate wading belt.
Are they packable?
Yes, they roll up into quite a small bundle so fit neatly into your bag when you're travelling. They also come with a mesh bag for transit and storage which lets you air them after your trip without the risk of them getting mouldy or mildewed.
Do they leak?
I bought my Vision Kura stockingfoot waders in 2014, along with a pair of matching Vision Hopper II felt soled boots. While the Vision Hopper boots looked great and were comfortable to wear, they fell apart within six months. Thankfully, the Kura waders have lasted much longer. They've been used at least once a month on trips to rivers and reservoirs and they're still totally free of leaks.
How much do they cost?
I paid around £250 for my Vision Kura waders in 2014 and got them with a "free" pair of Vision Hopper II felt soled wading boots. Current prices remain around the £250 mark, but you may need to shop around to find a deal with some wading boots thrown in.