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12-15-2004 08:14 PM
FLGator Breathable all the way! Buy the best that you can afford. In waders you get what you pay for...don't skimp. Save an extra $50 a month for a few months and buy a pair of Simms top of the line guide model extra heavy duty what ever along with a pair of their boots and don't look back (speaking from experience two pair of neoprene, one pair of non breathable light weights and one pair of Cabela's later...).
12-14-2004 08:36 PM
salt dog
Neoprene Socks ?

I gotta go with breathables year round. I'm dating myself, but I still recall the rubberized canvas waders I sneaked out of my Dad's closet as a youth when heading out to fish. Compared to those, neo's are great! But, after wearing breathables, my neopreme waders are strictly backup and for guests.

Regarding longevity, breathables do have some problems though. My issue appears to be from the friction of the neoprene footer rubbing inside my wading boots causing seepage so small that its just enough to make you uncomfortable damp on a cold day, but to small to find the hole and fix it.

I noticed "Neoprene Socks" advertised to be worn over the wader neoprene foot as extra insulation and to protect against excess wear on the footer. Is anyone using these and have an opinion on their value? I'm about to re-gear up for another pair of boots and breathable waders and could use some feedback on the subject. With a 2mm Neo sock, would you go up a full boot size ?
12-12-2004 02:57 PM
Brian Simonseth Breathable for me year round, Moonlight kind echoed my sediments about neopermes. I donít walk nearly as far as Moonlight, I just add a layer in my breathables.
12-12-2004 02:48 AM
Luv2flyfish Year Round Breathables for me.

Thats from Winter Fishing in Washington to August on the Henry's Fork.....pretty much everywhere in between. Throw down the extra cash and go Breathable. You can thank us later.
12-11-2004 03:15 PM
Paxton you can alway dress warmer, but you can't cool down in neopremes. Just wear some wool socks, I wear fleece pants under the breathables in the like a charm!
PS" plus...that is what the thermous of hot chocolate is for :-)
12-11-2004 03:03 PM
Bob Pauli
Neoprene vs. Breathable

What is neoprene?
11-16-2004 12:27 PM
Staying warm

I started out float tubing with Seal Dries! I could only fish occasionally, so whenever I could get out, I did. That sometimes meant some pretty cold water and windy days. You don't move around much in a float tube so you learn to wear expedition undies if you want to stay warm under those conditions.
Waders evolved. Neoprenes were a blessing. Not only were they warm, ,they flexed and stretched. All was well until I took up stream fishing. Mountain streams stay cold well into the summer. I found there were days that, even with 2mm chest highs, I was wishing I had left them at home and wet waded. And you look pretty silly walking around in (even lightweight) long johns, which you must wear under neo's to wick away the persperation, and carring your waders. 100 degree air temp and 55 degree water is a hard combo to work with.
I put off going to breathables until they evolved to the point that they would not tear whenever you walked through the brambles..... And now I'll never go back to neoprenes. Even though I now live in the PNW and my river stays cold all year long. You can wear these things over anything from fleece to Levi's, dress pants, walking shorts. You can wear them all day long. Hike in them. Drive in them even.
You can always pack on more fleece and stay warm. But you can't work in cold water, warm weather and stay cool,,,,without breathables.
So,,,unless you sit in a boat all day in frigid weather, there is no question about it. Breathable waders, and a breathable rain coat. Two of the best investmates you can make.
11-16-2004 11:22 AM
pescaphile I wouldn't even consider neoprenes anymore. Breathables are superior waders.

I use bootfoots in the winter and the water can often be in the mid-30s. If you need more warth, simply wear more clothing underneath them. It doesn't matter whether you have your insulation under the wader or rely on the wader to provide some insulation itself (neoprene). Water pressure can compress your clothing so try to wear something that wont be so affected.
11-15-2004 03:42 PM
For the PNW....

I recomend that you buy your self a pair of breathable waders. I have been breathable for about 10 years. If its really cold I just wear another layer of some high tech pile clothing under the waders. I must admit that an average day of fishing for me includes from 3 to 12 miles of trail hiking so neoprenes is totaly useless for me. The breathables are widely accepted as the perfered choice by the vast majority of anglers here in the PNW.
11-15-2004 03:00 PM
Rimouskois I do not own neoprene waders but I can't imagine I ever will either. I boil in breathables even in May just after iceout and the water is only 5-8 C though the air can be a lot warmer. I am partial to walking the most ridiculous long routes through the woods though. It seems to me that what you do on land should be at least as important in your choice as to where and when and for how long you go into the water.
11-15-2004 02:54 PM
peter-s-c Normally I wear breathables and when October & November come around, I pack on the lohnjohns and the insulated pants under the waders, but even this is not enough when standing still for long periods of time in close to freezing water. When it gets that bad, I shift to 5mm neoprene (Bare). Two issues: I should've bought bootfoot, not stocking foot. There's no substitute for bootfoot waders if you're gonna fish in the snowy months. Secondly, 5mm neoprene gives a body a workout when you're moving around. These aren't hiking waders. You can easily work up an almighty sweat on your upper half while your legs and feet are getting cold. When I strip off at the end of the day, everything is wet from sweat. 5mm are also a workout to climb around in as they don't give too easily. I'm in the market for a pair of bootfoot 3mm.

Anybody who wants to buy a lightly used, size medium 5mm neoprene Bare stockingfoot deluxe wader that's never leaked and has been well looked after, PM me.
11-15-2004 12:55 PM
tbeeson I agree about neo's being warm in the summer. I fish cold streams in Arkansas. The water is 55 deg or so, but the air is 90 plus. You can certainly get a nice sauna with 3-5mm neoprenes. I'm bucking for a new pair of breathables for next summer.

09-28-2004 02:50 AM
raph65 I fish in Sweden and i have bought G3 for the summer and when it gets really cold i also have a pair of neoprenes. PS I hate neoprenes but in the winter you have to keep warm.
09-27-2004 01:15 PM
tony j I like breathable waders but there are durability issues with them. I'm on my third pair of up-market breathables in just two seasons and I fish less than others here I'm sure. The warranty I have with these waders does, at least, mean they are replaced free of charge each time so - at this rate anyway - I'll never have to buy another pair of waders!!
09-24-2004 05:49 PM
Willie Gunn I need both. Neoprenes for winter autumn breathables in the summer
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