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#10699773 - 03/16/15 03:16 PM Help Picking waders
DarrellSimpson Offline
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Registered: 03/20/14
Posts: 100
I have never owned waders, I am ready to buy some but the prices are all over the road and I dont know what to look for when looking for durability.
I hate to spend the money and have them leaking after one season. and where can I get the best price. what are your experiences. Thanks for you input.

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#10699781 - 03/16/15 03:19 PM Re: Help Picking waders [Re: DarrellSimpson]
Bass_Bustin_Texan Offline
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Registered: 02/10/04
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Loc: Longview
I was in your boat last fall. Looked all around. BPS and online.

Ended up going to Beavers Bend Fly Shop and trying on the Redington Palux Series. $150 was priced right for me and had the knee protectors, and flexible shoulder straps. About $50 less than the equivalent BPS White River waders.

I am glad I tried them on too. I also bought my boots there....glad I tried them on too!!
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#10699813 - 03/16/15 03:31 PM Re: Help Picking waders [Re: DarrellSimpson]
Jim Ford Offline
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Registered: 01/28/12
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Loc: Texas
Simms has the best reputation, but often we mere mortals can't afford them. The Magellan II breathables are nice for the $100 range, and with care should last you two or three years. Assuming that you buy stockingfoot waders, buy the boots there (try two sizes larger) where you can try them on over the waders. Academy carries them, among others. I also bought some neoprene socks so I could wear the same boots in the summer without the waders; saves having to buy two pairs of boots.

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#10699889 - 03/16/15 03:59 PM Re: Help Picking waders [Re: DarrellSimpson]
RexW Offline
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Registered: 09/24/02
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As mentioned, trying them on before buying them can save a lot of hassle. Also, be sure to leave room for a coat, warm pants, thick socks, etc. while trying them on.

The only other recommendation I'll make is to get breathable waders. <<< Trust me on this one.

As far as quality and durability, it really depends on how much you plan to wear them and where. I only wear waders a few times a year, so the low cost ones have worked great for me, but I'd get a better pair if I was planning to use them on a two week trip to Alaska where I'd be wearing them everyday in very cold water.
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#10700061 - 03/16/15 05:23 PM Re: Help Picking waders [Re: DarrellSimpson]
Dtheg Offline
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Registered: 05/28/14
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Loc: Wylie, Tx
Frogtoggs I've had for 2yrs good so far. I beat the [censored] out of them.
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#10700445 - 03/16/15 08:17 PM Re: Help Picking waders [Re: DarrellSimpson]
megabucks461 Offline
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Registered: 03/04/05
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Loc: Denton USA
If the object of waders is to stay dry and be breathable then the only words you need to know is Gore Tex. The problem is Gore Tex is expensive. I was able to find Simms Headwaters for 229 NWT searching the web and eBay.

As stated above you need to decide how much you will use them and how often you expect to have to replace them.
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#10701169 - 03/17/15 07:07 AM Re: Help Picking waders [Re: Jim Ford]
Bass_Bustin_Texan Offline
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Originally Posted By: Jim Ford
Assuming that you buy stockingfoot waders, buy the boots there (try two sizes larger) where you can try them on over the waders.


If you buy wading boots many of the companies already factor that sizing into their shoes. I wear a 10.5 normally and the size 11 fit me well(no half sizes). Chota brand. I too thought this, but was told it's already factored.

Now if you pick up a pair of standard work boots to use(Wal-mart, Academy), you will need to upsize them.
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#10701921 - 03/17/15 11:47 AM Re: Help Picking waders [Re: DarrellSimpson]
J-Moe Online   content
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Registered: 04/04/14
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Loc: Brenham, TX
I purchased the Magellan II breathable waders from Academy. They have the leg guards on them. I love the look of those Simms but I could tear them on bob wire and thorns just as easily as the cheaper ones. I have been happy with the Magellan II waders. They are probably not as "breathable" as other high dollar waders; but they have plenty of zippered pockets, a good set of suspenders, a good belt with loops and they actually fit me well. I only buy stocking foot waders. I purchased the cheap wading boots to go with them and it all worked out great. I had to buy the wading boots 2 sizes bigger. So make sure you try everything on in the store.

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#10702118 - 03/17/15 12:58 PM Re: Help Picking waders [Re: DarrellSimpson]
winchester44 Offline
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Registered: 03/13/07
Posts: 863
Loc: Fort Worth
I've gone through two pairs of Orvis Endura's that gave decent service for until the seams gave out . Orvis gave me $75 for each pair towards a pair of their Silver Sonics I picked up this winter. So far so good. I got talked into the zippered front. Actually not a gimmick at all. Extremely handy getting them on and off and much easier to stay just right temp wise. The guys I know with Simms swear by them, but they are bloody pricey. One last point, all waders will get pinhole leaks (very easy to patch btw), but the seams are where good waders will last and bad ones will fail.

http://www.yellowstoneangler.com/gear-re...belas-bootfoots

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#10785813 - 04/21/15 08:11 PM Re: Help Picking waders [Re: DarrellSimpson]
DarrellSimpson Offline
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Registered: 03/20/14
Posts: 100
Thank you winchester44.
The link you provided is a good read. I didn't realize wearing jeans underneath waders could make things so uncomfortable.
Thanks again. Darrell.

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#10786648 - 04/22/15 08:36 AM Re: Help Picking waders [Re: DarrellSimpson]
bikedog Offline
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Registered: 06/25/07
Posts: 153
Loc: DFW
I personally am a Simms guy, various reasons that are mine to know and understand. The shootout test link mimics my personal feeling on waders and the winner is what I wear. For me having a good product when in use is great; having a product that the manufacturer stands behind at all costs when it fails is essential.
For me Simms is that company. I have yet to be in any way disappointed by their customer service standards and execution. You can speak directly to the person working on your waders when at the shop if you are so inclined. Their warranty and customer service are second to none. Price is an issue and if you only use them sparingly that factors more heavily in the decision no doubt. But for me Simms is the only way to go. My .02.
Good luck!

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#10787133 - 04/22/15 11:06 AM Re: Help Picking waders [Re: DarrellSimpson]
RudyMac Offline
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Registered: 02/06/14
Posts: 9
I will second the Simms waders/boot. I have their base wader from 3-4 years ago and have had zero problems so far. I am a big fan of stocking foot waders over neoprene waders with boots built in ( my duck hunting waders). I feel the stocking foot with good boots are much more comfortable hiking around all day on the river. I suggest checking fly shop websites. Many will start to get 2015/new model waders in and discount what they have left from the year before. A friend of mine snagged a pair of Reddington waders off steepandcheap.com and seems to be happy with them so far. The initial investment is steep, but a comfortable and reliable pair of waders makes the day on the river that much more enjoyable.

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#10787679 - 04/22/15 01:54 PM Re: Help Picking waders [Re: DarrellSimpson]
TexasForever Offline
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Registered: 04/24/12
Posts: 108
Loc: Dallas, Tx
http://www.academy.com/shop/pdp/magellan-outdoors-153-adults-39-magproof-153-paragon-breathable-wader/pid-884053?color=Beige%2fKhaki&N=933739034+97011073




Edited by TexasForever (04/22/15 01:54 PM)

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