Redington Wader Review

mtskibum16

Active Member
#16
I had that mindset too. Wear them until they leak then replace. But it sounds like they cracked down on their warranty which is only for 1 year.
It could be a difference between walk-in vs send-in. They've always had a 1 year warranty iirc.
 

Stonefish

Triploid, Humpy & Seaplane Hater
#19
Last pair of Simms lasted six years. Excellent waders.
I liked the cut of the old Simms better then the new ones. The slimmer fit doesn’t fit my old fat ass very well, especially when layered up.
I like a bit looser fit.

Simms also seems to discriminate against dudes with bigger feet. Last time I looked, 13 was the biggest standard bootie size. Perhaps that has changed.
I paid $75.00 extra to get bigger booties on my last pair of Simms.
Sent them to Simms to get the booties replaced on my dime after six years and Simms declined, saying they had basically met their useful life.

I’ve been happy with the non zipper Redington Sonic Pros. Got four years and about 450-500 days out of them. Almost all of that was in the salt, so no real bushwhacking for me.
They seem like a good value based on the $199 I paid for them.
I bought another pair for that same price that I’m currently wearing.
The older I get, the better a zipper sounds.
SF
 

ffb

Active Member
#20
It could be a difference between walk-in vs send-in. They've always had a 1 year warranty iirc.
Just swapped out a pair of Palix River waders that were leaking in person 2 weeks ago and they did tell me that going forward they are going to be strict on the wader warranty now. Mine were over 1 year by a couple months but they swapped then out for me this time. They also said the warranty does not reset with replacement pair.
 

Kyle Smith

DBA BozoKlown406
#21
If you have a seam leak, try and re-activate the glue with an iron. Then press real hard on a flat surface with a book to cold press. If it is a pinhole, find the leak with isopropyl alcohol, mark it, dry it, and Aquaseal it.
 

Shad

Active Member
#22
Yeah. Waders suck. Or, maybe we suck for expecting anything to stay waterproof for longer than a few months of standing in rivers and pouring rain.

Any way you slice it, I've spent more on waders and boots than any other fishing gear, including boats. It's a hell of a price we pay to stay (almost) dry.
 

XP

Active Member
#23
Just swapped out a pair of Palix River waders that were leaking in person 2 weeks ago and they did tell me that going forward they are going to be strict on the wader warranty now. Mine were over 1 year by a couple months but they swapped then out for me this time. They also said the warranty does not reset with replacement pair.
Yep, no more "no questions asked" wader replacements by Redington. The warranty will only extend 1 year now so consider that when buying new waders. Also if you get one pair replaced the warranty will not extend to the new set.

For most people I know, this was the only reason they purchased Redington boots and waders.


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XP

Active Member
#24
If you have a seam leak, try and re-activate the glue with an iron. Then press real hard on a flat surface with a book to cold press. If it is a pinhole, find the leak with isopropyl alcohol, mark it, dry it, and Aquaseal it.
Good tips man, that's what I'm going to do with my girlfriends Willow waders that were used 4 times and started leaking in the seam. Maybe it was a bad weld or whatever from the factory.
 
#27
XP,

Thanks for your review. All waders leak. Sooner or later. I got a set of Redington Sonic Pro zip front a couple, three years ago. The zipper leaked right out of the box. I sent them back, got a replacement set, and these have gone longer without leaking than any other wader I have owned over the last 50 years. But these waders, too, will leak eventually, because all waders do.

Based on wader reports I've read on this and other forums, I think buying any brand of waders is a bit of a crapshoot. Consequently, buying waders based on warranty service is probably the most cost effective route to go.

Sg
Yup. I made the move to Patagonia specifically because of their warranty. I’ve had success and failure from all three brands. Might just be the difference between a pair made on Monday vs Friday afternoon.

One request. Can we please say how long we’ve had them in terms of days used not years owned? Type of fishing would help too. Standing in a drift boat 10 times a year is nothing like hiking around rivers 50 days a year.
 
#29
I've got 4 plus years on my zip front Redingtons without a complaint. But I'm thinking the time is coming soon for a new pair. Has anyone here tried waders from Dryft?
 

mtskibum16

Active Member
#30
Just swapped out a pair of Palix River waders that were leaking in person 2 weeks ago and they did tell me that going forward they are going to be strict on the wader warranty now. Mine were over 1 year by a couple months but they swapped then out for me this time. They also said the warranty does not reset with replacement pair.
Good info. That's a good clarification.

Yep, no more "no questions asked" wader replacements by Redington. The warranty will only extend 1 year now so consider that when buying new waders. Also if you get one pair replaced the warranty will not extend to the new set.

For most people I know, this was the only reason they purchased Redington boots and waders.
Yeah that makes a big difference for me. I'll probably look elsewhere after this set dies assuming they deny my walk in. I mean, I do understand it's not a great business model for them to sell one pair of waders (a product with a wear life) and replace them for free for life, but the life and price have to add up to the right value or they will still lose business.

If you have a seam leak, try and re-activate the glue with an iron. Then press real hard on a flat surface with a book to cold press. If it is a pinhole, find the leak with isopropyl alcohol, mark it, dry it, and Aquaseal it.
Do be mindful that welded waders to not have glued seams as far as I know, so this wouldn't work unless you get the spot hot enough to re-weld it.
 

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