Wader questions

Discussion in 'Saltwater' started by Doug Fir, Dec 25, 2009.

  1. Lahar

    Lahar New Member

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    Whatever you buy, please consider buying from one of the local Fly shops. I am sure most of you go to these shops to buy flies and get tips on the local fisheries. That is called service and your "payment" for this service is to buy ALL of your gear from them. You are just supporting a corporation when you buy from Cabelas, not a local small business. Secondly, do your best to buy American made products. I suspect (but do not know for sure) that Cabelas brand items are made in China...
     
  2. miyawaki

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    Doug,
    Stick with the Filson waders they match your other Filson gear ;)
    Noble
     
  4. salt dog

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    For the salt, buy a cheapo pair of waders, and don't use your high end wading boots in the salt either. Low end Cabelas, 3 years of moderately hard use from their Bluestream, then throw away when they start to leak.
     
  5. BruceAC

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    ORVIS....LL BEAN...SIMMS
    waders or boots... they stand behind their products with great customer service and value
    just pick your pricepoint.... u can't go wrong
     
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    There are alternatives besides Simms & Cabelas. The above example is one of the reasons I have worn DB's for years. And will continue to wear DB's when I wear these out. Good, well thought out product design, reasonably priced, backed up by impeccable customer service. Same goes for Korkers guide boots with the Boa laces. Put whatever sole you want on them (no one makes macho studs like Korkers), tighten the laces and be done with it. You can tighten those things up in freezing snow,,,, with mittens on.... And they will stay tight all day.
     
  7. NomDeTrout

    NomDeTrout Fly Guy Eat Pie

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    Anybody have much experience with William Joseph V2 waders? I've been seeing them on clearance at several different shops but enver really checked them out. Price seems great though.
     
  8. davec

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    Support your local fly shop!
    Try them on before buying. Fit and comfort count and this can not be done on line.
    Buy from a source that will work with you on warrantee issues.
    HAPPY NEW YEAR
    Dave C
     
  9. DimeBrite

    DimeBrite MA-9 Beach Stalker

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    I've used a pair of Simms breathable waders in the saltwater for 3 years and they have held up very well (~150 outings). I sent them in once for a $45 maintenance and they are better than ever. The Simms leather, rubber sole & studded guide wading boots are great and have endured tons of punishment in the salt. Dan Baileys's waders have a good reputation too. I try to buy fishing equipment made in the USA and both these companies are in Montana.
     
  10. Korean_fly

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    I blew out my waders a week ago for the second time in the past 8 months and I will replace them with the SIMMS G3. I have never had a pair of SIMMS and have only worn Orvis and L.L. Bean. The question I have is, how true is the sizing for their waders? Some room to move around or are they really spot on with their size charts? Thanks in advance :)

    Adrian
     
  11. D3Smartie

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    I stick with my Redington waders. Half the price of Simms and they hold up just as long.
     
  12. Mike T

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    If you're going to go expensive then buy Patagonia, real warranty and real customer service. They support the issues we care about and don't screw the smaller local shops by selling through Cabelas. Orvis would be a close second with good product in all price ranges.
     
  13. John Hilt

    John Hilt YeeeeHaaw

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    iagree 100%
    Best waders I've owned and the price is right!
     
  14. Andrew Lawrence

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    My previous waders were the William Joseph V2 waders that you inquired about. They lasted about 8 months, and they are not as durable as my new waders (Simms Head Waters). After 6 months, the heel of the neoprene feet started to leak. However, I do a lot of bush whacking and a lot of river hiking, and that definitely took its' toll. In addition, the customer service could have been a lot better (it seemed like it took them along time to get anything done; this includes updating me on the condition of my waders). My conclusion is that they were not the best pair of waders for me, given the way that I fish. However, that does not mean that they wouldn’t be a good match for you. It just depends on how you take care of them, and how much you abuse them. Anyhow, that is just my two cents.
     
  15. Fly Boy

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    I still have my original 5-layer Simms breathables. 12 years of freshwater use and never a leak (knock on wood.) I have a backup pair of Orvis ready to go <strike>when</strike> if needed.