Inside Hodgman

Our Grit Gear Commitment

We go the extra mile to develop gear engineered to stand up to the toughest conditions. We know you are counting on our products to allow you to go further and experience the best your outdoor adventure has to offer.

Hodgman is founded on the principle that we don’t sell our waders and apparel until we’ve field tested it and beat it up to the point we’re absolutely sure that you can’t find a better protective garment. It’s gear with grit and an iron clad development process that yields performance day after day for years to come.

That’s why Hodgman is recognized throughout the world as one of the oldest and most respected names in waders and outdoor gear. In fact, after the company started in 1838 Hodgman manufactured what was probably the very first pair of waders ever made.

Today, Hodgman leads in the design and production of waterproof/breathable waders and foul weather grit gear used by avid sportsmen and sportswomen worldwide.

Then and Now

The original company started in 1838 and was located in Framingham, Massachusetts. The company prospered and over the years developed an excellent reputation for better made waterproof rubber products. In 1956, Converse Rubber Company purchased the original Hodgman Company and sold products under the Converse/Hodgman label until 1979, when the Hodgman division was purchased by R.W. Foster, president of Hodgman. In 2006, Hodgman was purchased by Stearns Inc., a K2 Company known for its marine and outdoor products. Hodgman was acquired by Pure Fishing Inc., in the fall of 2011. Pure Fishing Inc., a subsidiary of Jarden Corp. Jarden Corp. is an entity that owns many well-known leaders in branded consumables which bring value and quality to the consumer.