09-25-2000, 06:03 AM
River cleanup season is fast approaching and its time for a new pair of waders. Should I go with a cheap pair that I know will leak after two days or is it better to spend a few extra bucks for a more durable pair. My problem is mostly with the seams leaking from stepping over things and climbing up banks.
First of all, let's see how many of us can pitch in with you. We've talked about it for a while now, I am anxious to get involved.
Second, both extremes will work... and unlike most things in life there is a happy medium too!
Bldg #19... for around ten bucks you can find a pair of leaky neoprenes that can be patched with aquaseal and if they explode you won't care.
I am confident that if you buy a pair of double-seam sealed neoprenes on the high end (simms, etc), Guide weight goretex, or the very expensive but tough top-o-the-line stuff the seams will hold. They also come with unconditional guarantees.
Middle of the line:
In the case of waders there are good middle of the line options nowadays. Redington has $160 breathables with unconditional warranties for four years. Hodgman sells them for a great price, Cabelas too - but not with the reputation for service that Redington offers. Another non-breathable option is the OS Systems wader for $149.00. It's tough as nails.
Why don't we write letters to wader companies - who could turn down a stream restoration project for PR?