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Old 01-23-2011, 07:59 AM
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Default Re: inexpensive waders

Not wanting to get into another war on what is the best wader, or if inexpensive waders are worth it. I will just say, I have owned <$100 waders, they work, they lasted a season or two before leaks started developing. I now own a pair of $300 waders, I had to save up for them, they don't leak, they can handle going through bushes, crawling on you knees when needed, etc.

Nothing wrong with cheap waders as long as you understand what you are getting into, and that is what you need. If you are looking for waders that are going to last 3 to 5 years, then the inexpensive ones are not generally the answer.

Having said that, I know of people that have bought $69 hodgeman or cabela neoprene waders and used them for several seasons, not the latest and greatest material, they get hot in the summer, but, they lasted. Might be an option if you fish somewhere that allows for wet wading in the summer, and you really only need waders for winter fishing.

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Old 01-23-2011, 04:02 PM
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Would 3mm neoprenes be okay in 60 degree weather? With water in the 50's at most? I live in Ohio so neoprenes would b a benefit for the winter fishing I do.
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Old 01-23-2011, 07:44 PM
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I have the LL bean Flyweights, bought them about two years ago. I originally bought them just for tubing (I thought they wouldn't stand up to bushwhacking/crawling over lava rocks), but they have proved to be unreasonably tough. Not one leak or any other problem in two years, and I have not been kind to them. I have, in fact, crawled over lava rocks several times, grabbed at by barbed wire, fallen on my knees twice at the Ferry, etc., and somehow I haven't sprung a leak.

However, I'm not taking anymore chances, so this year the Flyweights will only be for tubing, and either I'll get LL bean Emergers, or a set of Simm's my buddy is thinking of letting go to me.

I thought you originally posted that these waders would be for tubing/tooning, which is why I suggested the Flyweights; I believe they are nearly perfect for the purpose and you're not blowing serious money. If these are to be your only set of waders and you're going to take them in harm's way, spend a bit more and get something designed for the purpose. Something with reinforced knees/seat, etc.

And Neoprene is going to be pretty warm under your stated conditions; I probably wouldn't go that route. Sweating in neoprene is not fun.

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fyi.. I'm releasing a 3 layer wader tomorrow in my newsletter.
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I'll be sure to check those out !
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to everyone that suggested the llbean waders i would like to say thank you for the advice and it appears that the price really can't be beaten for breathables
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