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: Orvis silverlabel stockingfoot waders


striperstripper
05-26-2005, 07:52 PM
I picked up a pair of these the other day ,the first time I wore them was on the beach so I really didn't get a chance to test them out,the following day I wore them fishing the out flow of a creek,standing in water up to my waist in a pretty good current when I turned my body into the current sliding my left leg over to start moving, my leg felt like it weighed about 40 extra pounds heavier between the top of the gravel guard and right below the knee.As I moved the leg into the current the current grabbed the leg and almost sent me swimming,I couldn't figure out what was going on,when I started walking I could feel it in the other leg when I made it to dry land I could see that the section from the gravel guards to right below the knee ,the section that has the material doubled was full of water and was draining from two 45 degree slots sewn in at the bottom.This I thought could not be right,when I got home I checked an old pair of cabelas waders they had the same double material design except the bottom was sewn with the end wide open .To make a very long drawn out story short ,has anyone else experenced this with these Orvis waders and is this normal.

Eddie
05-26-2005, 09:01 PM
sounds pretty normal for a pair of lower priced waders. this is cheaper than sealing the seams.

Massflyfishing
05-26-2005, 09:10 PM
i went through three pairs of orvis waders in two months.

do yourself a favor and get a pair of simms

Steve_sullivan
05-27-2005, 09:24 AM
I picked up a pair of these the other day ,the first time I wore them was on the beach so I really didn't get a chance to test them out,the following day I wore them fishing the out flow of a creek,standing in water up to my waist in a pretty good current when I turned my body into the current sliding my left leg over to start moving, my leg felt like it weighed about 40 extra pounds heavier between the top of the gravel guard and right below the knee.As I moved the leg into the current the current grabbed the leg and almost sent me swimming,I couldn't figure out what was going on,when I started walking I could feel it in the other leg when I made it to dry land I could see that the section from the gravel guards to right below the knee ,the section that has the material doubled was full of water and was draining from two 45 degree slots sewn in at the bottom.This I thought could not be right,when I got home I checked an old pair of cabelas waders they had the same double material design except the bottom was sewn with the end wide open .To make a very long drawn out story short ,has anyone else experenced this with these Orvis waders and is this normal.

That is considered a "implementation feature" by those wacky people over at Orvis.

steelheadmike
05-27-2005, 10:15 AM
Orvis Silver Label = Garbage.

teflon_jones
05-27-2005, 10:41 AM
I have a pair of them and I think they're great. I got them off eBay for $70 though, and wouldn't have paid the full $189 from Orvis. I've never had the problem you describe either.

BigDave
05-27-2005, 11:03 AM
The old SL's are Junk

However they replaced my last pair with the Silver Label 2 which has stood up to (almost) a full year with only minor leaks that were my fault. Much better-made than the originals.

The open drainage ports for the knees can be a drag but that's the price you pay for abrasion resistance.

Next pair will be Simms.

teflon_jones
06-01-2005, 08:14 AM
I checked my Silver Labels and they don't have the 45 deg slots you describe. The entire bottom is open to allow water out...

FredA
06-01-2005, 02:56 PM
I had Silver label hiking boot waders for 5 years. The first pair developed a leak in the crotch after 4 seasons. Orvis replaced them with new ones. Obviously the later version of this model had been "value engineered" as they started leaking in short order. Had no complaints with the first pair or Orvis service in rectifying the problem. Orvis gave me a gift cert which I added $115 to and upgraded to the new XT tailwaters. I'm impressed so far.

striblue
06-01-2005, 03:47 PM
I bought a pair at the Orvis tent sale two years ago and for the times I wear them they are great... and better still...I paid only $30 for them