Breathable wader repair.

fyshstykr

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It's that time of year again when many of us start wearing waders once again. If you haven't checked for pin holes in a while, it's probably a great time to do a quick check before you next outing because it's no fun to feel that cold spot develop that might cut your day short.

Here's a video showing how quick and easy repairs can be. The only difference is that I used Loon's UV Wader Repair instead of Aquaseal.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kzo9jgPjo_s
 

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John: Thanks for posting that helpful info, indeed this is the time of year to be in dry waders. After repairing my old waders 3-4 times this year I finally gave up and bought a new pair going into the cold season.
 

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Yea, Larry, there finally comes a time when enough is enough. What did you buy?
I had to buy new ones a couple years ago, the old ones lasted over 10 yrs, replaced Simms 'guide weights' with Simms G4's.

A couple weeks ago on The Grande Ronde I felt a cool, slight trickle on the back of my right calf, so today I turned my waders inside out, spritzed them with water/alcohol and found the small pin hole along with a few others I hadn't noticed and got them patched so hopefully I'm good to go for the rest of the Steelhead season.:)
 

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Thanks for the refresher course, John. Good video !
When I need to repair my waders, however, it may take a while to search it out again.......UNLESS....
You make a stickie out of the post. It's worthy !
 

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Thanks for the heads up, I'll have to pack some along, It might come in handy after beating my way through the pricker bushes . :frogdance
 

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Just as an FYI: my wife's Cloudveil waders came with UV Aquaseal about 4 years ago, I opened and used it then, and hadn't touched it since, 2 weeks ago I had a seam on my wader leaking so I pulled out the 4 year old Aquaseal expecting it to be all dried up, but to my surprise it was still perfect, so don't be scared to spend the $6 on it and keep it in your waders chest pocket. . . that stuff is magic!
 

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So what exactly causes these pin holes? Is it from abrasions cause if that was the case wouldn't the holes be much larger? Or does it just happen over time?
 

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Just as an FYI: my wife's Cloudveil waders came with UV Aquaseal about 4 years ago, I opened and used it then, and hadn't touched it since, 2 weeks ago I had a seam on my wader leaking so I pulled out the 4 year old Aquaseal expecting it to be all dried up, but to my surprise it was still perfect, so don't be scared to spend the $6 on it and keep it in your waders chest pocket. . . that stuff is magic!
Another vote here for Aquaseal. 3 weeks ago I was hiking cross country in my waders from the river to pick up the trail home and I got my feet tangled up in an old barbed wire fence which was laying on the ground under the leaves. Being the graceful fella that I am, I did a face-plant, somehow avoiding falling on my rod. However, I did land on some more fence and punched two nice holes in my waders, just above the knee. I still planned on fishing 2 more days, but with holes just above the knee, I thought my wading was done for.

I drove to the nearest tackle store, which had an Aquaseal Wader Repair Kit. I used the Tenacious Tape clear patch on the outside of the waders, turned them inside out and used the Aquaseal and the cloth patch on the inside - as per the directions. Completely good to go. Went from Oh S***! to Oh Yeah! in about 10 minutes!!

Mark
 

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I have a 3 year old pair of Chota Hippies, and there is one foot that is always wet, yet I can't seem to find the leak. They've had leaks before (my local stream has thorny vines), and I've found them using both light and/or filling with water while inside out. Aqua seal worked great. But I just can't find this last leak. Any suggestions? 3rd party wader repair.
 

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I have a 3 year old pair of Chota Hippies, and there is one foot that is always wet, yet I can't seem to find the leak. They've had leaks before (my local stream has thorny vines), and I've found them using both light and/or filling with water while inside out. Aqua seal worked great. But I just can't find this last leak. Any suggestions? 3rd party wader repair.
Inflate and submerge or put some soap like a flat tire test. The bubbles will show the leak.


Jofer
 

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Inflating the waders inside out and using a spray bottle with a mix of water and dawn dish soap was the only way I could find a pin hole leak in the neoprene bootie on one of my waders. Inflating can be easy using the air exhaust off of a shop vac or using a small air compressor. Just don't over inflate!
 

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I easily found a leak right at the toe of the left stocking foot booty. I have some Aquaseal on order, but am wondering whether I can get away with applying the sealant on both sides of the hole, or whether due to the location, more will be needed for reliable fix.

Was thinking of a small square of duct tape over the Aquaseal...? Any suggestions appreciated.
 

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I check my Cabela's GII's by hanging them from a laundry tree outside and filling each leg with water. I circle the holes inside (where the water comes out) with a tire crayon. Then I dab Aqua Seal on both sides. I keep an old pill bottle full of Vaseline to grease the tube's threads, and keep the tube in the freezer, unless it's traveling with me. I bought the big, huge tube last time I ordered in on line: The kid in Sportsman's had never heard of it.
 

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The problem with filling with water is the weight. It stresses the seams and can cause them to leak. Don't ask me how I know!

Filling only part way up will work, then empty and twist the below knee area closed and add water to the upper thigh area to check there.

I prefer filling with air and spraying with soapy water, or using a light to shine through.
 
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