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powderfinger

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Since we all fish varying amounts of time, how many hours do you find  that your breathable wader last with out leaking?
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I've yet to have a pair leak. I wet wade as much as possible and as early as I can stand it. I only use my waders a handful of times a year. I have a pair of the cheapest simms waders they make and they have been going strong for 3 years. Maybe 10-12 total trips at around 4-6 hours per trip.. So maybe 50-60 hours so far with no leaks with the el'cheapo simms.
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I have a 6 year old pair of the Simms g3 that had a hard life for their first 3 years and then I had kids so it has been a little slower the last 3 but still going strong.
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I have had several pairs of cheaper waders from Cabelas.  I tend to get a year out of them before they start leaking and I only wear them when it is cold out.  I would guess that to be 100+ hours, before the seams start to leak.  I took them back 3 times for a free replacement before I bought a new series of Cabelas waders on a really good sale that seem to be better made.
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my cabelas Dry Plus from the bargin cave at cabelas are at least 10 years old... they still don't leak... I only use them a few times per year, but they are still kicking and only cost me 60 bucks.
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"my cabelas Dry Plus from the bargin cave at cabelas are at least 10 years old... they still don't leak... I only use them a few times per year, but they are still kicking and only cost me 60 bucks."

- seems like a good option... specially when you consider they replace them.

Orvis super sonics are the toughest waders I've owned. I've been using the same pair for about 3 years. Last year I took a really hard spill on some rocks crawling down into a ravine and finally did them in with a hole in the knee... I patched them but they still leaked just a tad. I was so impressed with the durability that I bought the same pair when they went on sale. They are extremely durable.. I put them to the test for sure.

If you turn them inside out after use and clean them every now and then... I don't see why they wouldn't last around 5 years. I've put some hours in my last pair.. last year alone I'd say.. 30 days.. 6 to 8 hours a day.. apprx. 200 hours.. x 3 years... 600

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Interesting. Now that ll bean changed its policy i'm on the hunt.  Bummer[fighting0054] 
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I have spent a lot of time in waders in the past, probably close to 150 days per year, 4-5 hours per day and sometimes more. I'd rank them as follows for me:

  1. Orvis - Lasted the longest for the work I was doing. Also by far the coolest pair of waders. Great sizing options.
  2. Cabelas - While not the best quality or longest lasting, they're dirt cheap in comparison to the others here and everyone is close to a Cabelas these days.
  3. Redington - A little better than Cabelas in my experience, but also a little bit more money. Waders always felt tight in some areas (legs) but very loose in others (stomach)
  4. Simms  - These were always given to me at work since they were a local company and we always got great discounts. All those layers = more friction when they rub. Breathable? If they say so I guess. Good sizing
  5. Frog Toggs - Maybe they've improved or I got unlucky, but I've had these leak right out of the box and none of them ever held up long for me personally. 

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I bought a pair of Simms convertibles, that I now use only on a certain creek, that havent leaked in probably 10 years. First 3-4 years I used them every trip, last few only once or twice a year.

I bought Simms G3s probably three years ago, and no problems at all.  I think the main thing is to hang them up or at least lay them flat when storing

That being said I wet wade as much as possible, hate waders

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I have spent a lot of time in waders in the past, probably close to 150 days per year, 4-5 hours per day and sometimes more. I'd rank them as follows for me:

  1. Orvis - Lasted the longest for the work I was doing. Also by far the coolest pair of waders. Great sizing options.
  2. Cabelas - While not the best quality or longest lasting, they're dirt cheap in comparison to the others here and everyone is close to a Cabelas these days.
  3. Redington - A little better than Cabelas in my experience, but also a little bit more money. Waders always felt tight in some areas (legs) but very loose in others (stomach)
  4. Simms  - These were always given to me at work since they were a local company and we always got great discounts. All those layers = more friction when they rub. Breathable? If they say so I guess. Good sizing
  5. Frog Toggs - Maybe they've improved or I got unlucky, but I've had these leak right out of the box and none of them ever held up long for me personally. 

What model(s) orivs wader(s)  have you used at work?  

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I have a pair of Sim's Guide Weights that I brought in 2000 that are still going strong.  They look really rough, and I have a very slight pin hole leak in one of the booties.

I purchased another pair in 2011 to wear to Labrador, and I rotate between my old waders and my old, old waders.  They were not cheap, and buying both of these hurt a little bit.

I also have pair of L.L. Bean Guide weights that I only use in clean waters.  They are by far the most comfortable waders I have ever owned.

However there is no way they could stand up to the raspberry bushes, and multi flora rose thickets of Southern WV like both of my Sim's do.

I wear waders year round.  I also hang them up in my garage on a clothes line after each use. 

And they hang there until time to wear them again.  Storing waders rolled up in a bag or worse yet leaving them in the back of your car quickens their death.



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I have never had a set of waders of any brand that didn't leak at least a little after a season or two, with the exception of a set of Simm's that my dad handed down to me.
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I am going on 10 years with a set of Cabelas premium waist highs. They are starting to look a bit rough, but no leaks. I have a pair of original Gander Mountain mail order neoprene chest waders that are over 20 years old. They so not get used as much in the last 10 years as my Cabelas, but they do get used a trip or two each year. The problem with the old ones is they appear to be shrinking or maybe I getting alittle bigger around the waist. Like Tony I always hang them up after use and never leave them rolled up unless traveling.
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I've never had a high end set of waders so maybe it's not fair, but I've also never had a pair not leak after a couple or three seasons of normal use. 

Agree with Salvolinus...Frogg Toggs were the worst, and the worst part about them was that they started gushing water about 3 days after the 1 year warranty expired.  I swear it was like the company had a kill switch that they pressed once they knew they were out of warranty.  Of course this happened upon entering the stream a mile from the truck in Erie with ice floating past my legs.  That was a looooong day. 

Had a couple sets of Cabelas that did the same, but at least they covered them.  That's actually how I ended up with the Frogg Toggs....I ran through Wheeling on the way to Erie hoping to trade them, but they didn't have any Cabelas brand in stock.  So I ended up with the Frogg Toggs (which as mentioned above also ended their life in Erie).

Best I've had have been the LL Bean Kennebec waist highs.  The first set I had started leaking after 2 seasons of pretty heavy use...I'm gonna guess 80 days on the water.  I'm on my second set after warranty replacement on the first and have had them for about 4 years now.  These ones have the welded seams and seem to be better constructed than the first.  They're holding up very well, but also have not been used nearly as much as I don't find myself wearing waders very often anymore after my move to an area where I don't find the quality trout water in close proximity...or more accurately that there are too many other good opportunities nearby for me to justify the relatively long trip for trout and wading. 

For me, I think every leak I've had has been at the point where the booty is attached.  I guess I have relatively large feet and that probably contributes despite my best efforts to be gentle when putting them on and taking them off.  For whatever reason, wader companies believe you can only have size 13 feet if you have a 44 inch waist.  The solution would likely be to get a "custom" set where I can have a bigger booty attached to a normal sized set of waders, but no way I could justify that cost.

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my Kennebec's both leaked at the bottom of the boot foot. appears to be  from the taped seam but no point source hole is detectable.
I never had a leak in the breathable upper section in any wader. I fish about 75 days per year and walk a great deal to some spots.

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Quote:
Originally Posted by powderfinger

What model(s) orivs wader(s)  have you used at work?  


Orvis Silver Sonic were hard to beat for my personal preference. When electrofishing you get very gentle reminders that you have a leak or when you're sweating so much that a connection is made between you and your anode. I loved these waders because they had a good mix of durability and lightness.

Simms were always G3. And while bullet proof to thorns, seam wear was obvious at times. They were also just bloody hot so I'd get lit up when sweating. They're good waders for keeping water out, I rank them low based on their price point.

For personal fishing use, I'm almost always in shorts and sandals or short and boots. Not sure how any brand holds up to recreation alone.

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thanks to everyone !
I have electro shocked on occasion during my career w/ the DEP. love the neoprene for that....lol
Orvis seems to have a good warranty from what I have learned in speaking w/ them recently.
leaning in that direction.......

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I just bought my first breathable waders. Given I got all new stuff this year the fishing fund was running low by the time I got to waders. I haven't seen anyone mention Caddis. I got their top line which I assume is still mediocre to poor quality. Has anyone tried them?

 
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