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Old 02-13-2009, 12:25 AM
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Default Gravel Guards for Waders?

I have some decent breathable stocking-foot waders, and I really like them, but they don't have any built-in gravel guards. I bought some neoprene ones that you wrap around your ankles and put in place with Velcro, but they never fit well, the velcro eventually gets ripped apart by current, and they eventually come off. I actually lost one of them.

I've seen the neoprene socks with gravel guard you rool over your boot tops, but I don't want to wear them over the neoprene boties already on the waders. Beside, my boots wouldn't fit.

Anyone have any good suggestions?
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Old 02-13-2009, 06:42 AM
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Hodgeman had some with zippers on them..I carry ones that slip on before the boots and have a hook to attach to the bottom lace. No zippers or velcro..
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In my experience gravel guards do not work, so I never use them
Instead I just wear a pair of boot socks over my stocking wader feet.
IMO it works just as well, if not better
I'm always surprised to see how few people do this.
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The velcro on my Simms wrap around guards holds incredibly well. I've actually had problems pulling them apart. I highly recommend them.

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Default Re: Gravel Guards for Waders?

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The velcro on my Simms wrap around guards holds incredibly well. I've actually had problems pulling them apart. I highly recommend them.

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I was just gonna type the same thing......my Simms work incredibly well!!!
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I was just gonna type the same thing......my Simms work incredibly well!!!
Ditto! I used them for years. Luckily todays technology brought Cloudveil into wader making. The built in gravel guard material they use is nice and stretchy, making taking the waders on and off a snap!

As for the socks instead of gravel guards, gravel guard prevent sand and gravel from getting into your boots over the top of them. I don't see how socks would prevent that. Not being snide, just wondering.
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As for the socks instead of gravel guards, gravel guard prevent sand and gravel from getting into your boots over the top of them. I don't see how socks would prevent that. Not being snide, just wondering.
The socks fill in the gaps at the top of your shoes, anything that does get in is cushioned by the sock material.
In the surf, I use to duct tape my gators in place..... That never worked any better than just plain socks
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Default Re: Gravel Guards for Waders?

Hi to all,

Back in the 50's I had Hodgman stocking foot waders that were made with rubber sandwiched between two fabric layers. I wore a sock over those to keep my boot from wearing through the fabric.

In the 70's I bought a pair of neoprene waders and I used a zip-up pair of Simms gravel guards. I still have and use the Simms gravel guards with the sipper. I find the zipper guards easy to put on and they stay in place. They have a hook at the bottom that fastens on to the wader boot shoe string.

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You could also get these. Same principle, just more inexpensive.

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I was just gonna type the same thing......my Simms work incredibly well!!!
Ditto from me as well, I've been using the same Simms pair for 8 years now. One tip, you'll notice that on a small tag where the velcro joins the neoprene, an R or an L. This is indicating which leg the guard goes on. I think this is so the overlap is on the outside so you don't kick the velcro open with your other foot. Following that signal is likely part of why I haven't lost one yet.

I think I saw them on sale on this site, via the clearance link at the bottom- Madison River Fishing Company - Ennis, Montana TONS of great deals on there.
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