Re: Waders and boots
As the owner of a specialist fly fishing lodge, I'd like to think I'm qualified to comment on the durability of wader and fishing boots....
We have have 26 pairs of Simms G3 & Guide model Gore-tex waders - some of the guide model are close to 8 season old - these guys get used for probably 70 > 80 days each per season. I'm here to tell you they are great!
With genuine Gore-tex its easy to repair pin hole leaks. Small tears are also fairly easy to repair. Some guests elect to bring their own waders, so I get to see all major (and minor) brands in action. Over 80% of our guests own Simms. So, either 80% of the folks that stay here are wrong or there is strength in numbers. Buy a quality set of waders that's not made in garages and sheds in back alleys in China and support your local fly shop !
We also have 44 pair of Simms Guide and Rivershed wading boots. Some of the guide models boots are close to 8 season old and were originally felt soled that we had resoled. The boots are a mixture of the latest Vibram and Aquastealth sole technology. To add traction on slimy rocks our wading boots are generally fitted with Simms HardBite Star Cleats or HardBite studs.
Simms rubber soled boots (when fitted with a few cleats/studs) grip to pretty much everything) and are close to indestructible and although made in Asia, are back by Simms and their warranty.
I hope this helps