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yatesd 04-10-2008 07:52 PM

Simms G3 Guide or Orvis Pro Guide 3 Waders?
 
Hi Everyone,

I am looking to buy stocking foot chest waders. I need a large size with a size 12 bootie. This seems to be a rare combination on the budget wader options (not available on less expensive Orvis or Simms versions).

Based on this information, it appears my main choices are the $399 Simms G3 Guide or the $349 Orvis Pro Guide 3. My local dealer will give me a 5% discount.

I was hoping to find a closeout version of last year's models, but I can't find anything in my size. The Cabela's $239 model is technically rated for a 9-12 foot, but from reading reviews fits tight and will probably not work.

So....what do you recommend?

yatesd 04-10-2008 08:48 PM

Re: Simms G3 Guide or Orvis Pro Guide 3 Waders?
 
One other comment. Both the Orvis and Simms appear to be new for 2008 and I would like to know if anyone owns these new versions?

Your thoughts and feedback are appreciated.

--
Doug

Davo 04-11-2008 07:52 AM

Re: Simms G3 Guide or Orvis Pro Guide 3 Waders?
 
Well I don't know about anybody else but I've gone through enough pairs of waders in my fly fishing career both high and low priced. There is no way anybody could get close to $400.00 dollars out of me for a pair of waders. I have trouble wrapping my head around a pair half that price. Probably just me.

yatesd 04-11-2008 09:12 AM

Re: Simms G3 Guide or Orvis Pro Guide 3 Waders?
 
I found another alternative for a size 12 foot in a large. What about the Orvis Tailwaters XT Bootfoot?

My local dealer has a sale on these, so I could pick these up for about $300. One advantage....this price includes the boots.

fyshstykr 04-14-2008 12:36 AM

Re: Simms G3 Guide or Orvis Pro Guide 3 Waders?
 
yatesd,
I can only offer an opinion on 'Simms' waders. I've got a pair of 'Guide weights' that are almost 10 yrs old and they have served me well, and are still being used.
I have to admit that when they get wore out, I'm not sure I'll fork out the $650.00 to replace them. They did run me like $350.00 when I bought them though. If I knew they would wear like iron as these have, who knows?

ezamora 04-14-2008 05:59 AM

Re: Simms G3 Guide or Orvis Pro Guide 3 Waders?
 
i've sent you a private message.

eric
fresno, ca.

yatesd 04-14-2008 06:41 AM

Other Wader Options with size 12 foot in Large
 
Thanks for all your feedback. I never thought choosing waders would be such a difficult decision. I'll probably get something this week.

Anyway, here is an update:

I called my local flyshop on Friday (sells Orvis, Simms, and Patagonia). They said even though the Patagonias are labeled 9-11 in large that they should accomodate a size 12 foot. Evidently these are on sale at Ramsey Outdoor and I might check them out since I will be in NJ later today.

I also stumbled across a GQS wader at LLBean that retails for $249 and is available with a size 12 foot in large. I actually called LLBean last night and the guy was very helpful. He said it was probably the best wader they made, but wasn't as nice as the Simms (I expected this for the $150 price difference). Does anyone have any experience with this wader?

I will also be looking at Dan Baileys.

Davo 04-14-2008 10:49 AM

Re: Simms G3 Guide or Orvis Pro Guide 3 Waders?
 
yatesd;

Check out this thread, http://www.theflyfishingforum.com/fo...gh-s-4419.html Frank posted some comments on the GQS waders.

yatesd 04-14-2008 12:14 PM

Re: Simms G3 Guide or Orvis Pro Guide 3 Waders?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Davo (Post 26171)
yatesd;

Check out this thread, http://www.theflyfishingforum.com/fo...gh-s-4419.html Frank posted some comments on the GQS waders.


Davo,

What waders did you end up getting? Did you try the GQS LL Beans?

Davo 04-14-2008 12:52 PM

Re: Simms G3 Guide or Orvis Pro Guide 3 Waders?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by yatesd (Post 26183)
Davo,

What waders did you end up getting? Did you try the GQS LL Beans?

I have not order any yet. I did a major aquaseal patch job on my old Cabelas Dry plus waist highs. See if I can make another season. If I did not get all the leaks or I create new ones here in the pre runoff fishing then I will order a pair of the GQS and check them out. If I do end up ordering a pair I'll let you know. If you check them out first I'd like to hear your thoughts and impression. :smile:


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