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    Well its time to retire my old stream side waders, they have gotten there last patch. Any recommendations on stocking foot cold water replacements?
    Thanks Rick.

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    Oh Boy,

    Rick, you are gonna get some replies on this one. This is going to be like asking what is the best ice cream to buy however I think you will get more hits on Simms than any other, let's wait and see. I have a 1 season old pair of G3 waders that they made and they are tough. I sent them back for their 'Free' one year service offer and they fixed some stuff I didn't even know was wrong. Good company, good product.

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    Thanks Ard, I hope to get some good responce, I'll miss these old waders, they were made here in town but have to much mileage and time to revive again.
    Rick

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    Simms gortex is the only way to go.
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    I hate to be the typical Simms fanboy but I would not fish with any other wader. I would suggest the G3 or the G4 pro's. The G4 pro's are nice because you get 5 layers of gore-tex around the "seat" so they will last longer vs the 5 layers on the G3's which are only around the legs. Right now Simms just came out with a special edition G3 which comes with the G4Z shoulder straps (top of the line) for $50 more than the regular price. If you opt for something a little less expensive look at the headwaters. They have 3 layers of Gore-Tex at the legs and run $299. This wader is really all you need if you are under 50 days a year on the river. Hope this helps

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    Personally, I think it depends on what you want to spend. Its just not necessary to drop 500 bucks on waders anymore!
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    Good point,

    I agree that it comes down to a matter of expense and what you are willing and able to pay for waders. I love a bargain but for my use there is another important consideration one must take account of. How hard do you want to use them? Do you want to be able to trek through the bush, crawl into position on hands and knees, work on your knees on a gravel bar cleaning and filleting fish, there are few low price point waders that will withstand what amounts to normal use for me.

    I don't by any particular brand of gear just because of the brand or marketing of a brand. Often I have to delay a purchase in order to gather the funds but it is always worth the wait. If you are an occasional fisher and never do any of the things I have highlighted then in all likelihood you will be well served and pleased with a pair of waders much more affordable than the 4 - 500 dollar items.

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    I'd like to thank everyone for there comments, the G3 looks great though, but haven't closed the door yet, but again thanks for your help.
    Rick

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    You might look at the Dan Bailey Yellowstone Guide waders. I just got some so I can't attest to there longevity, but a guy I met on the river the other day says that his have held up really well over time.

    They have some nice features. I especially like the built in belt, the removable shoulder straps, and the fleece lined pocket.

    Ken

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    Simms, because they are simply the best or Orvis, because they are a close second and have an excellent guarantee on everything they sell.

    I could not normally afford Simms, but I had a rod I traded in that brought enough trade in dollars that I was able to pay very little out of pocket. If you have a shop with a trade in program and have rods or reels you are not going to use you might consider that route. I couldn't be happier that I did.
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