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Old 02-23-2010, 12:20 PM
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Default Neoprene repair?

I have a hole in the neoprene sock of my waders. I noticed the leak last fall and it has progressively gotten worse - at first my toes were a little wet and now my whole foot is getting a little wet.

I found the hole by turning the sock inside out and pouring a cup of water into the sock. The hole is not along a seem as I suspected. These waders are 10 years old, comfy and fit me well (I have size 15 feet - it is hard to find a wader!) made by Hodgman.

Are these repairable? If so how? I used the search function here and found nada. A google search turned up a method with Aquaseal glue. Will Pliobond work? Should I even bother or should I start looking for a new set of waders? Fortunately I have another pair, waist high.
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Old 02-23-2010, 12:35 PM
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Default Re: Neoprene repair?

If you decide you need to replace your waders you should check out Cabela's. I have size 14 feet and the Cabela's Guide Tech waders fit very comfortably. I am using Simms River Tech boots size 14.
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Default Re: Neoprene repair?

I have a pair of 14 year old neoprenes
They have so many repairs that they look like they've been through the war.
Put the sock on so that it's fully stretched out
Open up the offending area as best you can one hand and with a finger smear in as much Goop or Shoe Goo as you can fit
Wet your finger and smooth it out... it will dry enough in a few minutes so that you can take the sock off
That's all there is to it
It should hold for a couple of seasons when you may want to clean it out and do it over.
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Default Re: Neoprene repair?

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...smear in as much Goop or Shoe Goo as you can fit
Thanks! Do you think Pliobond will work in lieu of goo or goop?

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If you decide you need to replace your waders you should check out Cabela's. I have size 14 feet and the Cabela's Guide Tech waders fit very comfortably. I am using Simms River Tech boots size 14.
My back up are LL Bean Emerger waist high - supposedly fit to size 14, they fit a little more snug than the Hodgman but work. I might try to gently stretch the sock portion out (good or bad idea?)

Next waders I buy: Simms CUSTOM STOCKINGFOOT PROGRAM - I am 6'3" with a size 38 waist. I have to buy waders for guys that outweigh me by 50-100 pounds! I have enough room in my waders to carry a basketball sized thingamabobber. If there are other manufacturers with such a program please inform me. Either way I will start pinching my pennies for the Simms - I fish often enough these days to justify a high quality wader that fits correctly anyway.
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pliobond will not work get the goop. I use here in the shop to do wader repairs.
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Default Re: Neoprene repair?

I fixed my pair .....Shoe goo.....but I also stich the hole up....shoe goo all around and in the hole...then a few stiches.....and no leaks
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Shoe Goo.....Who Knew?????

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Here's the Shoe Goo web page. Read down about how to prep waders for repair.
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