Waders

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  1. Tacoma Red

    Tacoma Red Active Member

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    I'd like advice and opinion if you please on getting a new pair of breathable waders. Although I'd just love to spend >>$500 it's just not really in my allowable fly fishing budget...unless I make secret installment payments!;)

    What would you recommend and avoid, especially seam vs. non-seam? I understand layering but warmth is important.

    Thanks much,
    TR
     
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  2. BDD

    BDD Active Member

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    I have heard good things about the new welded waders such as ones from Redington. I think Orvis makes something similar. Historically I have had great luck with my Cabelas Dri-Plus and Simms G3 though I just ordered a new pair of Redingtons to try for myself.
     
  3. Nick Clayton

    Nick Clayton Active Member

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    I've been quite happy with the Reddington Sonic Pros I picked up this past fall.
     
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  4. I picked up last years sims free stones with welded seems for 250. Pacific fly fishers has some deal right now too Simms and Patagonia. I suggest buying last years models if u want a price break
     
  5. AndreasJ

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  6. Dan Nelson

    Dan Nelson Hiker, Fisher, Writer, Bum

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    Actually, Redington is licensed to use Orvis' technology -- Orvis developed the sonic welding on waders technique. Their Silver Sonic waders are among the best I've used at a great price. I love their design on the convertible top. http://www.orvis.com/store/product.aspx?pf_id=5H5E

    I also have come to love Patagonia's waders. They, too, do a great job on the convertible design (chest section folds away so you can wear the waders and waist-high pants). They cost a bit more, though, and they tend to have a more athletic cut.

    Can't complain about Redington's offerings either -- I lke their zip-fronts as much as I like Simms' zip front even though the Redington's are half the price of the SImms. Also note that testers who handle women-specific gear for me swear Redington is the ONLY way to go for women's waders.
     
  7. Robert Engleheart

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    What Dan Nelson said re: Redington SonicPro's. I love my zipfronts! at a price 1/2 that of Simms and Redington's reputation for customer service, how can one consider any others.
     
  8. bakerite

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    On the budget side, my Albright waders (around 40 on one of their 80% off sales) have worked fine for over a year, no leaks yet.
     
  9. Lue Taylor

    Lue Taylor Lue Taylor/dbfly

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    Try Dan Bailey's waders Platte river fly shop has some $199 had mine for 5yrs no leaks repaired a few rips from bushwhacking
     
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  10. Achilles

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    Waters West has gore tex simms on sale right now for $199... down from $300. Quite a steal.
     
  11. Achilles

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    I agree with this statement about the Patagonia waders. My father has had his for almost 5 years now and he puts them through their paces. Nice wader.
     
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  12. Itchy Dog

    Itchy Dog Some call me Kirk Werner

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    Echo the sentiments for the Redington Sonic Pro zippers. Have had them for a year, no issues. And if there were a problem, Redington is close by and has great customer service.
     
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    My new patagonia Rio Gallego's are leaking after less then ten trips. They'll probably take care of me but I'll be waderless for a month...!
     
  14. i have had problems with every patagonias i have owned
     
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  15. Stonefish

    Stonefish Triploid, Humpy & Seaplane Hater

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    I've been wearing Redington Sonic Pros for about a year and a half. I really like them for comfort and fit.
    I had one issue with a seam, although they never leaked. As usual when needed, Redington provided great customer service.

    My next pair will be the zipper fronts, as that is a feature that looks more appealing the older I get. ;)
    SF