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Best value for money waders, 2011 edition? new
      #414788 - 07/04/11 07:13 PM

The BC steelhead gear sits in storage in California where two leaky pairs await final repair attempts. To that end I've bought GE Silicon 1 hour caulk, tent repair tape and good old Aquaseal. I've thought long and hard on the topic, and I figure that a couple hours of repair attempts are going to leave me where I started: with at least one pair of holely waders (and another pair I probably shouldn't use as anything more than backups). So I still need another pair, but I'm going to give the Simms a miss this time . . . just too many bucks for too many trips back to Bozeman . . . and the last straw, the $125 bill to replace the neoprene boots due to "excessive wear and tear". (I wore the waders 2 weeks x 2 years . . . go figure.)

Searching the Marty Files I turned up a few candidates for best value for money waders including:

Dan Bailey's
Reddington
Cabela's
White River (BassPro's in-house brand)

Any suggestions or experience with waders in the $250 and under price range, please let me know. Breathable stocking foots, reinforced knees a must.

Thanks in advance!

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Re: Best value for money waders, 2011 edition? new [Re: Snagly]
      #414790 - 07/04/11 08:25 PM

Snagly, I bought some William Joseph Waders to replace my Simms Guide Weights that finally gave up the ghost after 7 hard years. They have been really good for the last season. I would recommend them whole heartedly. They are not as nice as the Simms, but they have been holding up great.

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Re: Best value for money waders, 2011 edition? new [Re: Mojo]
      #414791 - 07/04/11 08:52 PM

Simms are way overrated and not worth the money. Mine did not last very long. I bought some cheap cabela breathables and they are still in use after two seasons which is about how long the Simms lasted.

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Re: Best value for money waders, 2011 edition? new [Re: Snagly]
      #414792 - 07/04/11 10:05 PM

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Snagly said: . . . and the last straw, the $125 bill to replace the neoprene boots due to "excessive wear and tear". (I wore the waders 2 weeks x 2 years . . . go figure.)

Searching the Marty Files I turned up a few candidates for best value for money waders including:

Dan Bailey's
Reddington
Cabela's
White River (BassPro's in-house brand)

Any suggestions or experience with waders in the $250 and under price range, please let me know. Breathable stocking foots, reinforced knees a must.

Thanks in advance!


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Re: Best value for money waders, 2011 edition? new [Re: Spoonman]
      #414794 - 07/04/11 11:13 PM

http://www.hodgman.com/Classictrade-AP-Breathable-Stockingfoot-Wader-P2063C69.aspx

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Re: Best value for money waders, 2011 edition? new [Re: Marty]
      #414807 - 07/05/11 04:15 PM

I have to give Reddingtons props. Not even half the price of Simms...... Im going into my 3rd season, averaging 20 days per season (conservative)walking up and down some pretty harsh river bank along with 2 to 4 pontoon trips a year.

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Re: Best value for money waders, 2011 edition? new [Re: metalheadgene]
      #414809 - 07/05/11 05:12 PM

Im not a huge cabelas shoper by any means but i wont buy waders anywhere else. Besides what iv heard about simms waranty Id say cabelas is the best to deal with, Iv been able to return my 50 dollar neopreans 3 times. No hassle completly refunded. I just bought the Cabelas guide pro welded waders and love em, never leaked no problems yet. I payed 280 for them but there on sale now for 160.

http://www.cabelas.com/product/Footwear/...%3Bcat103926780

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Re: Best value for money waders, 2011 edition? new [Re: BigTrout15]
      #414810 - 07/05/11 05:14 PM

Accualy im modeling them in my avitar. haha. I do have one complant, They stretch prety tight at the knees when i kneel down.

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Re: Best value for money waders, 2011 edition? new [Re: BigTrout15]
      #414812 - 07/05/11 06:53 PM

I haven't had that many pairs of waders in 35 years, but I have to say that I've never had or seen any better than the Simms G3s. The interesting thing is some brands work for some people and others work well for other people. I think fit and care after use has a lot to do with how long they last.

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Re: Best value for money waders, 2011 edition? new [Re: jimh]
      #414814 - 07/05/11 08:47 PM

I always rinse mine and hang them inside my closet after using them. One of these days Ill break down and buy simms but for now cabelas has been good to me.

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Re: Best value for money waders, 2011 edition? new [Re: BigTrout15]
      #414815 - 07/06/11 12:53 AM

Thanks to everyone for the quick, expert advice! I don't think you can beat the Marty link stockingfoots: $70 on sale Hodgman's BUT only in XXL (one X too many according to the sizing chart).

Next, I clicked through on BigTrout15's recommended Cabela's model and saw that the $270 tag had been sliced to $170 for their Guidewears. I read the reviews and . . . hmmm . . . lots of problems with the neoprene boots being too small and the inseams being short. Thought about it a bit and decided to take the plunge on the available XL's largely because of the bargain price vs. the Dan Bailey's I had my eyes on ($225 on eBay buy it now feature).

I guess the Cabela's no questions asked returns policy swung the deal. If the waders don't fit, I'll return them pronto.

Again, thanks for the help. Awesome knowledge on this board.

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Re: Best value for money waders, 2011 edition? new [Re: Snagly]
      #414816 - 07/06/11 05:13 AM

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. To that end I've bought GE Silicon 1 hour caulk, tent repair tape and good old Aquaseal.




Don't forget the above kit Snagly.........you'll likely need it no matter what brand or model you get.

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Re: Best value for money waders, 2011 edition? new [Re: Gooose]
      #414817 - 07/06/11 06:20 AM

Along with his "first aid" kit.

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Re: Best value for money waders, 2011 edition? new [Re: AuntyM]
      #414820 - 07/06/11 09:53 AM

Aunty has got it right! That anti-blood donation line-up looks suspiciously like a wader repair kit, except that the Aquaseal comes in Crest family-sized toothpaste tubes rather than the wimpy 3/4 oz versions that the real fisher people use on their breathables. The caulking is going to help solve (ahem!) Pancho Villa's Revenge while the tent repair tape can keep the nipple rings from flapping about while scrambling down Skeena-side scree banks or keep the odd (mostly self-inflicted) gunshot wound from spoiling an otherwise good run via excessive blood trails . . . those Bulkley Bull Sharks do not take no for an answer . . . and I used to date Singapore Airline hostesses so I know what I'm talking about re predatory behavior . . . . Whoops. (Hope the wife isn't monitoring this thread!)

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So where were we? Ah, yes. Bargain waders. Let's keep it on topic, folks!

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Re: Best value for money waders, 2011 edition? new [Re: Snagly]
      #414830 - 07/06/11 02:33 PM

if you are a cracker and want to look like you think you know what you are doing or are an eliteist Simms. If you really dont care and dont want to drop alotta coin go with Cabela's

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Re: Best value for money waders, 2011 edition? new [Re: Coho]
      #414831 - 07/06/11 02:58 PM

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if you are a cracker and want to look like you think you know what you are doing or are an eliteist Simms.




Harsh!

My wife bought my G3s for a Christmas present a few years ago. Maybe thats worse...

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Re: Best value for money waders, 2011 edition? new [Re: jimh]
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Coho said:
if you are a cracker and want to look like you think you know what you are doing or are an eliteist Simms.




Harsh!

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Re: Best value for money waders, 2011 edition? new [Re: Coho]
      #414833 - 07/06/11 07:46 PM

Yea the only thing I dislike is the fact theyre tight when i kneel and i guess the boots are alittle snug but that didnt bother me. I fish with frozen feet anyway. I payed full price for them at 280 and am happy so 170 I think would be a bargan.


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Re: Best value for money waders, 2011 edition? new [Re: BigTrout15]
      #414872 - 07/08/11 07:11 PM

i picked up a pair of redington's "palix river" waders(funny name considering the palix is more or less only accessible with a small jet sled) a couple months ago.

so far, so good. they're easily the most comfortable pair of waders i've owned, as i've always bought the heavier "guide" type models and they seemed to get a little clammy when doing a lot of walking like i do. i don't expect them to be as tough in terms of puncture or abrasion resistance as my past waders, but they always seemed to develop leaks that i could never find with dish soap. i am a bit suspicious that the leaks were somewhere under the top layer of the multi-layer lower legs.

the thing i really like about these is that they have generously sized feet, since they'll fit my size feet well and easily have enough room to wear an extra pair of socks if it's really cold. most waders i've owned seem you'd have to buy an XXXL to get booties that fit larger feet.

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Re: Best value for money waders, 2011 edition? new [Re: ABUfreak]
      #415250 - 07/25/11 10:07 AM

William Joseph Drynamics. Going on two years, flawless! Best waders i've owned yet. Owned hodgeman, simms, and now William Joseph's. They are above the rest hands down.

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Re: Best value for money waders, 2011 edition? new [Re: CastawayChris]
      #415275 - 07/27/11 12:42 PM

Who'd you but those William Joseph waders from Chris?

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Re: Best value for money waders, 2011 edition? new [Re: Luke_the_Drifter]
      #415399 - 08/02/11 04:15 PM

My problem is Simms is the only company that can put extra large feet on my waders for my size 16 feet.

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Re: Best value for money waders, 2011 edition? new [Re: Elkman]
      #415439 - 08/05/11 04:32 AM

Elkman what do you do for the boot/shoe. I wear a 16 too, I have some problems with my feet that I need it so it's not tight at all. Had to go with a size 20 new balance tennis shoe.

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Re: Best value for money waders, 2011 edition? new [Re: bighoof]
      #415440 - 08/05/11 04:33 AM

Oh we'll see if they leak, but picked a a pair of Caddis for $100.

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Re: Best value for money waders, 2011 edition? [Re: bighoof]
      #415455 - 08/05/11 11:20 AM

One version of available waders that doesn't seem to be getting any screen play here are the "Vision" brand. Get very high marks from the folks who use them on the SpeyPages. Price is not bad at all given the products description.

One of your local fellows sells them: Tolt River Angler's.

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