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: Waders

07-25-2004, 06:10 PM
Now I need some waders. I have a couple of pair of neopreme type but they are a bit warm when the temperature is above 50 degrees. :) I don't want to spend more than $200.00.

I was planning on the Cabela's Gold Meda but recently I have seen a pair of Wright McGill for a bit less, $140.00. Do any of you guys have an opinion of these or other similar priced ones?

07-25-2004, 06:21 PM
Sorry no experience with those brands but I did buy bargain breathables 2-3 times before finally biting the bullet for the top name brands ($350-400). All I can say is I wish I didn't spend my money on those other waders that couldn't cut the mustard.

Your results may vary ;)

Dble Haul
07-25-2004, 06:34 PM
I agree with Juro regarding the purchase of lower level waders to start. I did the same, and I also wish that I'd spent the money on premium waders first.

Buy the best that you can afford, and I would recommend a pair of breathables. They will keep you cool in warm weather, and can keep you quite warm in the colder months if you layer your clothes appropriately under them.

07-25-2004, 06:37 PM
Mickey, I bought a pair of Cabela's Dry Plus breathable waders (the ones with the neoprene shoulder straps) and they've lasted me four years. No plans to purchase another pair as of yet.

07-25-2004, 06:47 PM
That was quick. Unfortunately the Best waders are beyond me now as the rivers I am being taught on are all Float only. I need a Pontoon Boat also. I am not in the position of buying the Best of everything right now.

07-25-2004, 07:09 PM
Dan Bailey Barebones breathable stocking foots @ 129.95. I've got 5 seasons counting this one on a pair and they are great.

07-27-2004, 08:48 PM
Can't beat the Simms lightweight Gortex waders. $200, very comfortable, top quality name brand and I beat the hell out of mine without any problems thus far. Take a look at the website.


07-27-2004, 09:57 PM
Dave -

Thanks for your recent help for the good cause at Big Brothers.

Just a reminder that according to our site's honor system (per the terms and conditions at sign-up) when you promote a direct link to a non-sponsor site we ask that you write an email to simms suggesting sponsorship in your own words, cc:sponsorships@flyfishingforum.com

One of the moderators will follow up with simms and hopefully we can get a pair for auction in exchange for a year's sponsorship, banner, etc.


07-28-2004, 05:26 PM
Sorry about that :o :o . I wasn't aware but will be sure to follow the rules going forward.


08-05-2004, 01:02 PM
I paid 139.00 for a pair of LL Bean neoprene foot breathable waders. They have reinforced knees and I am on my 3rd season of fairley hard fishing, both salt and fresh and they are holding up very well. The only thing I wish they had is integrated gravel guards. These came with the neoprene and velcro ones that I feel are not that effective. I originally bought a pair of Hodgman in the same price range from Beans and got less than a season out of two pair, having returned them because of the failures. When I went back the second time they had stopped carrying that line because of the poor craftsmanship. They replaced the second pair with the ones I described above and I am very pleased. Also, you can't beat Beans' unconditional saisfaction guarantee on ALL their hunting and fishing gear.


08-05-2004, 06:20 PM
Dave 17 and MJC? I would love to learn what brand waders you are so pleased with? My current brand breathable waders are leaking and while having a great return policy, I'm getting tired of returning them over and over. Any comments appreciated.

08-10-2004, 01:49 PM
Simms Gore-Tex LightWeight Stoockingfoot´s whit a pair of Freestone boots and gravelgaurds and you have the perfect waderset!

Dble Haul
08-10-2004, 02:20 PM
I am not in the position of buying the Best of everything right now.

Remember, there's a difference between between buying the best of everything and buying the best that you can afford.