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: Help me pick a pair of Waders

12-14-2006, 11:03 AM
I'm hoping you all can help me. My husand is a big fly fisherman and I'd like to get him some new breathable waders for Christmas. Here are three models I have in mind. Could you compare them for me, I really don' t know a lot about this stuff. Thanks!

Hodgeman Wadelite Breathable Chest Waders
Simms Freestone Stocking Foot Waders
White River Fly Shop Waders
Simms Goretex Wader (saw them on ebay, don't know the model if this isn't it)

12-14-2006, 11:35 AM
Simms Classic Guide Waders have been great for me, I recommend them.

Lucky guy!

12-14-2006, 11:46 AM
Any opinions on the one's I listed?

Dble Haul
12-14-2006, 12:09 PM
What type of fishing does your husband do? Beach, river, stream, pond, lake, etc?

12-14-2006, 12:34 PM
Simms, without a doubt. Great company, great product.

12-14-2006, 12:41 PM
Sorry if I was not clear... I presume the eBay waders are classic guide waders as they are the most common model.

The freestones are thinner and lighter duty but nice for hot weather, just not as durable.

Hodgeman is generally not in the same league, and I've never heard of the shop-specific brand. You might ask the shop who makes them.

good luck

12-14-2006, 01:24 PM
I think white river is a bass pro shop line. I'd stay away from those.

12-14-2006, 02:15 PM
Everything's been good to know so far, thanks!
Someone's never heard of Cabela's? I mean I hadn't before my husband told me about them and we got one here, but I thought they were huge.
Anway, we live in Utah and my husband is a mainly river/stream (sorry I'm not sure of the difference) fisherman, float tube once and a while, and lake once and a while too.
THanks for everyone's help so far!

Hey, what about Orvis? I saw an Orvis Silver Label 2 stockingfoot

12-14-2006, 02:41 PM
different prespective:

sims are probably the best - but you will pay for it
white river is bass pro
hodgemans are fine
orvis - are good but will pay for the name
cabelas - good as well

the questions to ask are how much do you want to spend and how much will he use them?

if price is no issue then go with sims
otherwise, look at the other options.

(this comment will draw lightening bolts from some but, ...)
go to cabelas and see what they have. the visit is an experience in itself. you might even get a good bargain in the bargain cave. talk to some of the staff at cabelas. might be hit or miss as to their knowledge, but everyone i've talked to at my local cabelas has given me good info. afterall, it's waders. some just cost more and have more bells and whistles. they all perform the same function more or less

i personally have a pair of cabelas waders. great product. no problem and i use them a lot and hard.

only had one problem a 2 years ago. took them back to the local store and they exchanged them for new ones, no questions asked.

can't beat the price or customer service

12-15-2006, 07:02 PM
simms and never look back

12-15-2006, 09:51 PM
Simms seems to be the overall favorite. ANy model okay though?
What about like the freestone model? Is it better than a store brand of Hodgman Wadelite?
I noticed that the Simms Freestone doesn't have like a chest sinch (sp?), but Hodgman does. Is that something I want, a chest sinch?
One more question. If my husband buys pants with a 30 inch inseam, is a 35 inch inseam pair of waders too long?
Thank You all!!!

12-16-2006, 05:21 AM
If you really want him to tell you for the next 5 years how much he loves the gift, model does matter. Get the Classic Guide series from Simms. Worth every penny and gives years of performance.

In general if he wears a 30" inseam you would buy a medium if his waist size is 32" or less and a medium-king if his waist size is 34" or greater. 35" inseam is way too long and the inside of his thighs will wear from walking.

For exact details contact your nearest Simms dealer and ask, they can help you.

12-16-2006, 10:38 AM
Thanks! Is the Freestone model in the classic guide series? Thanks!

12-16-2006, 12:21 PM
Nope, Freestone is a lower priced series. The will work if its for occasional fishing. If not, as Juro said, the Guide Weight series is the way to go for serious fishermen.

12-16-2006, 09:25 PM
the simms i just looked at looks and sounds alot like my orvis 5 ply.. they are fantastic.. i got them for about 250-300 on sale.. yes pricy, but worth every penny. i duck hunt in them, fish in below frezzeing weather,in wind snow rain,, untll its shorts and sandals time.. i like mine becouse they fold in to pants for going into eat on the fly fish trip.. i just got the orvis interchangable boots for duck hunting, they have regular boot soles, and interchange to felt or felt with studs. the orvis dealer says ice is best with studs and the hard rubber sole.. it has many interchageable soles.. i really depend on orvis, becouse i can try it on right in my town, yes it costs more but worth every penny to me to have a salesman face to face that uses the same equipment we are tallking about.. the discount stores rarely have the good stuff.. .. orvis could be on sale right now at the local shop.. they are here in my town.... i dont think these guys are stering you wrong with simms, .. its worth every penny to have good waders when the going gets tough.. dave