Originally Posted by manderson2228
I look at alternatives, and man some of these things run 600$ bucks... So teach me, I understand there are differences between a 70$ and a 600$ pair of waders.. but seriously is there 530$ worth of difference??? What makes it 600 bucks?
Let's bump the price point up to $700 for the Simms G4z.
- Licensing to use a Gore brand membrane. Gore charges brands a high licensing fee to use its membranes.
- Gore membranes are the best waterproof and breathable membranes on the market.
- Gore membranes cost more expensive than other membranes on the market.
- High end waders use multiple layers of membranes to make them more durable.
- Simms Gore membraned waders are produced in the USA. These waders are not made by slave labor waged employees overseas.
- The waterproof zipper on a G4z costs $100.
- The harness on a G4z is not a cheap web harness.
- There is a lifetime of the product warranty.
Does everybody need $700 waders? Nope. However you may want to pay more for better quality waders if you will be fishing a lot. A person who fishes five days a year won't put as much wear and tear on a set of waders compared to a person who fishes 100 days or more.
There a lot of quality waders that you can choose from well below $700. If you want a "made in USA" wader with a Gore membrane, Simms make a model called the Rivershed at the $299 price point. Redington sells its non-Gore membraned CPX wader with a waterproof zipper at the $279 price point.
I got back into fly fishing in the late 90s. I did not start fishing during the fall and winter months until 2001. I bought a set of $130 Hodgemans. I put in about 30 fishing days in them when the seams started to fail. I replaced them with a set of Patagonia SST waders. Those were $300 at the time. I replaced those in 2007 with a newer set of Patagonias. My SSTs were still usable, but I ended up giving them away.