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Old 03-15-2018, 10:29 PM   #1
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Wader Recommendations

Does anyone out there get the sense that wading gear (like just about everything else) just ain't made like they once were? I had a pair of felt-soled boot waders from Cabela's that lasted 6 years without a leak. In fact, I replaced the felt soles twice, and tossed them only after creases and abrasions at the knees finally gave way.

Last year I bought the exact same model from Cabela's (little over $100), and they immediately leaked. Cabela's replaced them and the replacements leaked again. So I upgraded to a Cabela's sock foot style with separate wading boots (about $275 for the whole get up), and the waders leaked after about the 10th use. And yup, the replacements have leaked again when I was chasing steelies a month ago.

Cabela's has been great with replacing all these recent leakers, but does anyone have a good recommendation to share? Not necessarily interested in decking myself out with $500+ waders to look the part of "fashion-istas", but this is getting ridiculous!?!
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Old 03-16-2018, 07:48 AM   #2
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I agree. I have been frustrated with my LL bean waders. Leak after leak after leak after leak.
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Old 03-16-2018, 09:17 AM   #3
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The entry level waders from orvis held up very well for me after years of bushwacking in them. I got them 10 years ago so Im not sure how they are still.
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Old 03-16-2018, 12:48 PM   #4
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I have a pair of stocking foot waders from Simms. One of their less expensive models and they have held up well. They supposedly have a great warranty dept but I haven't had need to check it out.
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Old 03-16-2018, 01:21 PM   #5
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Thank you for reminding me. Like gmorin,I have yet another pair of L.L.Bean waders and I even upgraded to one of their more expensive stocking foot waders and after only a couple seasons they are leaking down the left leg. Frustrating ,but with proof of purchase I guess I`ll get them replaced yet again.Ugh...:banged: Hope this helps.
Also, anybody ever try Patagonia`s waders? I was thinking of trying them at some point.
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Old 03-16-2018, 05:42 PM   #6
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I'm really down on LL Bean waders. Also Orvis.

I have a high end pair of Patagonia waders that are heavy but bomb-proof. I also have a lightweight pair of Reddington stocking foot waders that I use for float tubing when I backpack in (replacement for the Orvis which were a replacement for LL Bean's, both replaced under warranty).

The Reddingtons seem to be holding up well. There. I probably just jinxed myself by saying that.
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Old 03-16-2018, 09:27 PM   #7
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Yah you did!
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Old 03-17-2018, 11:11 PM   #8
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Waders can be problematic, but, making sure of a good fit is paramount. not just large with a size 11 boot. Leg length is critical. To long and they bunch up , rub and wear excessively. To short , and you put to much stress on the crotch, you definitely don't want leaks there. in April.
I'm 6'3 210 lbs, size 13 foot, I've had 2 pair of Simms over the years, stockingfoot XL Long w/ 13 foot the Guide model and the G3's. First pair I used 10+ years and the G3's I've been using 4 years now.
Oh, and wash them once and a while, goretex and other waterproof breathables only work when their clean. Use Nixwax or other products made for cleaning waterproof breathables and wash them in the bathtub, I do mine inside out too.

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Old 03-20-2018, 12:23 PM   #9
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My brother has a pair of Patagonia's that are over 17 years old now. I know this because he bought them shortly before my son was born. He's had to seal a couple small leaks, probably from thorns or an errant fly hook, but by and large they've done the job. I have a pair of Dan Bailey's that are over 4 years old now and have held up really well. We both do our share of travelling through plenty of bushes in them to get to streams. I hang mine up by the feet consistently after each outing to air them out. I honestly think my next pair will be Patagonia.
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Old 03-27-2018, 02:07 PM   #10
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Not the cheapest out there but I've never been let down by an Simm's product.
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Not the cheapest out there but I've never been let down by an Simm's product.
Maybe that's because you typically wear them over your head.
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