Zip up waders, whats the verdict?

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  1. Chad Lewis

    Chad Lewis NEVER wonder what to do with your free time

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    I think the only reason I'd want a zipper is for takin' a leak. Otherwise, why pay for it? It would be nice not have to take off a jacket, vest and whatever else. Don't think I'm there yet though...

    I've used drysuits for various purposes for several years. The only time I've had a zipper leak was when I didn't have it zipped all the way. THAT was eye-opening..... Given quality construction, there's no reason a waterproof zipper should leak.
     
  2. jeff bandy

    jeff bandy Make my day

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    Trick for those that don't have or want zippers.

    I have the G-3's and they swapped the clips on the suspenders. You can clip one to the other. I just clip them in front of my neck, release the waist belt and I can drop the front down and take a leak. No need to remove my jacket or anything. the back side stays up under my jacket so no water gets in them.

    I don't know if this would work for everyone. Guess if your short and wearing waders that come up to your armpits, you would have the suspenders shortened up too much for this.
     
  3. freestoneangler

    freestoneangler Not to be confused with Freestone

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    Adding a mechanical device to an otherwise simplistic design is inviting a breakdown...just sayin.
     
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    I got the Redington pre- sonic pro zip waders on a closeout discount, and the leg seam leaked right out of the box. Sent them to Redington and they replaced them with Sonic pro model. I almost feel guilty cuz I wouldn't have bought these at full retail, but after a half dozen fishing trips I can only report that they've been very good. As another poster mentioned, it's handy to hike with the front zipped open.
     
  5. Derek Day

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    Welded waders rock. Stitching and seam tape just creates thousands of little failure points. I have a pair of cabelas welded waders that have lasted longer than any pair has ever lasted for me. I usually get new waders in june and they're leaking by January--they get the hell beat out of them. I've had this pair going strong since june, not so much as a slow leak. My next pair of waders will be the Redingtons, not so much for the zipper as for the welded construction. I know someone who has almost 100 days on a pair he got as a prototype, and the zipper just gave out--and he feels too guilty to send them back b/c he got them for free. I'm sold.
     
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    My Simms are still going strong. but i have only had them for 6 months.
    fingers crossed. :)
     
  7. rory

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    The original post was from 2008. I didn't think that we were supposed to bring up these old topics. I don't find it such a big deal to stop fishing, take off my layers, and pee.
     
  8. jessejames

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    So I suppose you are still driving a car with a stick-shift, no air conditioning, no power brakes and no power steering.:rolleyes: Not all innovation is problematic.
    It is time to move into the 21st century with your thinking.
     
  9. Jeff Sawyer

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    As you get a little older, and you have to pee more often; that zipper might start looking pretty good.
     
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    I fixed my problem for taking a leak. I don't ever wear my waders. I don't fish when it's cold out anymore. And in the summer time I just wear shorts and tennies.
     
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    Jim is that why you call it "wet wading"
     
  12. Gary Thompson

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    I have a pair of Dan Bailey waders (no zipper) and they are great.
    I bought my lady a pair of Redington guides and she loves them, again no zipper.
    Maybe you can trust a zipper to not leak, but I don't think I would.
    Now as for taking a "P" in the river, it's just not good PR.
    Besides I find the water to be cold and deep.
    Plus I would not want NFL to break down laughing.
     
  13. Old Man

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    Wet wading is when you pee in your waders.
     
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    Try standing up when you pee.
     
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    Hey. My little PU is a stick. No air. No power steering, might have a little assist in the breaks. That doesn't make me old.

    Wait. Never mind. It's a 1990. Next year it will be classified as vintage.
    F.U. Jesse. (in OMJ's crotchety voice)
    :D