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  1. #31
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    Default Re: Expensive waders, are they worth it?

    You know what ?
    You're not going to get anyone that's bought expensive waders to admit that they're been over-charged.
    It's human nature to defend your purchases and anyone would, regardless of the truth.
    I have a different experience whether anyone chooses to believe it or not
    The simpler the outfit, the more skill it takes to manage it, and the more pleasure one gets in his achievements.” --- Horace Kephart

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    Default Re: Expensive waders, are they worth it?

    Quote Originally Posted by Rip Tide View Post
    You know what ?
    You're not going to get anyone that's bought expensive waders to admit that they're been over-charged.
    It's human nature to defend your purchases and anyone would, regardless of the truth.
    I have a different experience whether anyone chooses to believe it or not
    I think that is a fair assessment to a degree. And I agree to a point.

    I'm sure that if someone spent $400 on a pair of waders and they began to leak within a year or even they would complain quite loudly. I know that I when pay good money for something, anything, I have expectations and when they aren't met I don't pretend to be happy. I usually tell people, anyone that will listen.

    Conversely, if you have a pair of wader that you only paid $95 bucks for how quickly are you going to complain because your crotch is sweaty and they kept your feet dry for a couple seasons?

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    Default Re: Expensive waders, are they worth it?

    I have G4s.
    I want the best if I'm going to be standing in the river here in Montana all winter and doing a whole bunch of steelheading elsewhere.
    Simms makes good stuff.
    When it comes to being out in serious conditions quality gear is a must as far as I'm concerned. I haven't always been able to afford it but I've always worked towards it and have, over the years, managed to become more and more comfortable and prepared for the worst with all my outdoors gear.

    It's the same way with any backcountry gear. The better the quality the more comfortable you're going to be in rough conditions and the level of danger due to gear failure or inadequacy goes down. Also, the good stuff typically lasts longer.

    If you live or fish in places where you're never too far from humanity then I can see where it wouldn't be as important to have serious layering, waders and rain/winter gear to wear.

    Are expensive waders worth it? For me, absolutely.

    Last edited by blackbugger; 07-28-2013 at 11:11 AM.

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    Default Re: Expensive waders, are they worth it?

    Quote Originally Posted by Rip Tide View Post
    You know what ?
    You're not going to get anyone that's bought expensive waders to admit that they're been over-charged.
    It's human nature to defend your purchases and anyone would, regardless of the truth.
    I have a different experience whether anyone chooses to believe it or not
    I think the price for G4Z is crazy, but thats what I wanted and had tax money and bought them. Would I buy them again, probably. Cabelas just came out with a zippered wader here recently and Im thinking they would be better for the Oklahoma summer temperatures.
    Okiemountaineer

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    Default Re: Expensive waders, are they worth it?

    Quote Originally Posted by Rip Tide View Post
    You know what ?
    You're not going to get anyone that's bought expensive waders to admit that they're been over-charged.
    It's human nature to defend your purchases and anyone would, regardless of the truth.
    I have a different experience whether anyone chooses to believe it or not
    RT - I'm not arguing your experience is different and you've had great success with your approach to wading gear - that's great. But I'm hardly defending my purchase of Simms waders and being "overcharged". I've fished a huge number of different brands of waders over 25 years of fishing. I've fished rubber hip boots, neoprene Reddingtons, various levels of breathables from Cabelas and similar manufacturers, Orvis and now Simms. To ME, the cost is worth it for the reasons I described in my post. I believe I have enough experience across enough wading brands and price points to share my results and my opinion without being accused of defending a purchase of expensive gear to make myself feel better.

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    Default Re: Expensive waders, are they worth it?

    Quote Originally Posted by Rip Tide View Post
    You know what ?
    You're not going to get anyone that's bought expensive waders to admit that they're been over-charged.
    It's human nature to defend your purchases and anyone would, regardless of the truth.
    I have a different experience whether anyone chooses to believe it or not
    I will admit I was overcharged , even getting $700 waders for $499 is to much money. There is no way there is $700 worth of material in there.

    Simms isn't chartered as a non profit
    FRA where I bought them isn't a non profit.


    So yes I was overcharged but its all relative. I bought a $100 pair in 2009 that sucked, no warranty. $200 pair in 2010 that keep me dry but smell like feces cause they don't breath and I get cold in them in the winter. I stand in the corner of I wish I had put that $300 towards the g4Z right off the bat. I am $800 in to waders instead of $500 because I tried to go cheap right off the bat.
    "The fish you're gonna find up here, you're gonna find; Rainbow,Cuttbow,CuttBrowns,Brownbows,RainBrowns,
    CuttyRainbrowns, Pike ,Perch"

    "Snap it" Hank Patterson

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    Default Re: Expensive waders, are they worth it?

    I used to buy inexpensive ($79 LL Bean fly weight) because I thought why spend the money. After I went through 2 pair in less than 3 years I figured I should just spend the money and get a better quality pair. Thank goodness for LL Bean's warranty. I ended up spending $200 for the Men's Kennebec Waders, Stocking-Foot, and I couldn't be happier. The durability is so much better. Would I spend more for waders, probably not. I think once you get to a certain price point you're paying for the name and not the quality. Just my 2 cents.

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    Smile Re: Expensive waders, are they worth it?

    I own 3 pair of simms,the older classic guide from about 1999,older pair of g3,new pair of g3.The only waders I own have been SIMMS.I have seen and heard about other brands on the river and on forums like this and then here we go,you've tried the rest now buy the best!!!!!.SIMMS.

  12. #39

    Default Re: Expensive waders, are they worth it?

    I think the waders are worth the money. Since you have the gift card splurge and get the Silver Sonics, they are a good wader, from what I am told.

    I am a Simms guy, but recently saw Patagonia waders on sale for under $200 on Sierra Trading Post. With a 30% off coupon, what the hell - right?

    Randy
    “Fishing for me, as funny as it sounds, is sorta my brand of praying almost. I’m never closer to my spirituality than when I’m in the act of fishing.” - JT Van Zandt

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