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Old 11-18-2014, 01:43 PM
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Hi- I bought some Cabela's Neoprene chest waders with attached boots about 4 years ago and they recently started leaking. I think the leak is around the top of the boot area because if I am only knee deep in water my feet start getting wet. How do you locate the leak area and how do you repair it? The waders seem to otherwise be in good condition.
When the off season rolls around I have been folding up the waders and putting them back in the original box- the waders get folded right at the top of the boot area. I am now thinking maybe I should have been storing them in an upright position.
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Old 11-18-2014, 01:55 PM
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Yup, they should be rolled rather than folded or hung up by the boots.. away from any ozone. Like your furnace.
To find the leak, fill them with water to above the suspected area. Just don't hang them from the shower head to do it
When you find the leak, circle it with grease pencil and let everything dry.
When you're ready to do the repair, pull the space open as much as possible and squirt in a bunch of flexible adhesive. I use GOOP!
Wet your finger and push it in good.
Should be dry and ready to go within minutes
No further patching necessary.
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I need to ask you if you find that your feet/socks are getting wet first before the area around the top of the boot.

If Rip Tide's method finds a wet area around the heel or the sole of the neoprene sock, I think you may have a "neoprene compression leak."

This is when the walls of the individual air cells in the neoprene break down due to repeated cycles of compression. The air chambers then communicate with each other, and as they get larger, the walls get weaker and eventually, there is an open channel from the outside of the bootie to the inside. Even if you seal the outside, eventually the open channel will find another way through the outer layer

Any fix will probably temporary.

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Let us know if you are able to fix leaking neoprene, as I have had zero success fixing a leak in neoprene.
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Well, I didn't mention it because I THOUGHT the leak might be around the top of the boots but the felt soles are also peeling away from the boots. I was going to use barge cement to re-attach them but the thought occurred that both the soles coming off and the leaking occurred at the same time.
I'm sort of surprised on the neoprene- I thought the stuff lasted forever. They weren't too expensive- about $80. Is it simply time for a new pair?
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Well, I didn't mention it because I THOUGHT the leak might be around the top of the boots but the felt soles are also peeling away from the boots. I was going to use barge cement to re-attach them but the thought occurred that both the soles coming off and the leaking occurred at the same time.
I'm sort of surprised on the neoprene- I thought the stuff lasted forever. They weren't too expensive- about $80. Is it simply time for a new pair?
The compression leaks that Silver speaks of have nothing to do with boot foot waders like yours
A leak like you have is caused by stress, not compression, and should be easily repaired
Just be sure to open the leaky area as much as possible by pulling on it just as if you were struggling with a stubborn potato chip bag.
The repair will be ugly but it will never leak in that same exact place again

There's not much you can do about compression leaks in neoprene socks.
You can avoid them for a longer period of time by wearing socks over the neoprene
I'm always surprised more people don't realize this
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I know nothing so all help appreciated. The compression leaks then- it sounds like they occur only in socking type neoprene waders and because of foot pressure on the neoprene- is that correct? Thanks.
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GOOP! is good stuff. Back in the Red Ball bootfoot wader days I had a tear in the wader across the shin. Those waders were so worn they felt like nice denim jeans. Anyway, I snagged a stick in the woods and rip, it was bad. I made a waterproof patch using a bandana and a lot of GOOP! Sort of a hillbilly style fiberglass I guess. I worked for a while.
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I had a pair of Red Ball wading boots that were practically made from Shoe-Goo (a GOOP! product) and nylon stockings before the sole finely rotted out and they fell completely apart.
I stretched the life expectancy of those things "above and beyond"
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Is goop different from shoe goo?
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