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Old 04-26-2004, 04:53 PM
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breathable wader recommendations?

Anyone have any opinions on which breathable waders to buy? I've been looking at three similar models:

- Orvis Pro Guide II ($289)

- LL Bean Wicked Tough ($299)

- Simms G3 Guide ($425)

All three of these seem to have similar features (3-ply fabric, with 5-ply reinforcement on legs and seat, handwarmer pockets, etc), but the Simms are obviously in a different price category. (Are they that much better?)

My main concern is getting tough (yet breathable) waders that resist abrasion and punctures, particularly since I wear them duck hunting as well as flyfishing . . .
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Old 04-26-2004, 10:01 PM
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Wink but the Simms are obviously in a different price category. Are they that much better?

Only if they come stuffed with the Hardy girl.
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Old 04-27-2004, 12:01 AM
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simms classic guide... PERIOD!
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Old 04-27-2004, 12:28 AM
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Would second the recommendation for the Simms classic guide. I've used this and the G3 and would rather have it regardless of the lower price of the two!

I also hear Dan Bailey's are excellent . Orvis seems to be hit or miss with people. -mostly miss.
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Old 04-27-2004, 12:43 AM
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Bailey's

they have several models,reasonable price,,great revues,me included,,,redshed flyshop,,,.
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What is going on here? $425 for a pair of waders !! Way out of line price wise. I'm sure you could get a pair that would do the job for less money. If you got the Orvise and they failed you get another pair free no questions asked. But I still think that $425 is a bit much for a pair of waders. Just my .02
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Old 04-27-2004, 08:23 AM
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Re: but the Simms are obviously in a different price category. Are they that much better?

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Only if they come stuffed with the Hardy girl.
... which would no doubt get you a Hardy rod too
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Old 04-27-2004, 08:51 AM
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But I still think that $425 is a bit much for a pair of waders.
Seems awfully high to me too, but if they last significantly longer than others, then the price might be worth it. I usually get three years out of a pair of $180 waders . . . but most of those three years is spent wet and uncomfortable, since they usually start leaking after a month or two. If I can get three to five dry years out of the Simms, I'll spend the extra money.

Of course, if I can get three to five dry years out of the Bean or Orvis varieties and save $125, even better . . .
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Old 04-27-2004, 08:55 AM
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I've had a pair of Cabela's Premium waders for three years and they're (knock on wood) still going strong. I believe they were around $200.
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I have the simms now, for the past 2 years they have performed excellently. A month ago I had a stick poke right the fabric about mid thigh. Simms have an great warranty, but this is not a warranty issue. my point is no matter how good the waders are they do sustain damage in the course of everyday fishing.

Next pair of waders I get I probably won't spend the extra deniro for the best pair available. I like the idea of getting a new pair every 2-3 years. that way you get all new including the weakest part of a wader, the neoprene stocking foot. also I will be less inclined to worry about any damage which may happen.

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I like simms waders because I never need the warentee. thats whats valuable to me.. I fish a lot and I fish very hard. when I go bushwacking i give no consideration at all to the potential damage that they may sustain. with that type of fishing my first pair of simms guides lasted 4 years, then a tore a hole in the back of the leg walking through a bog in the Hoh.. patch kit and some aqua seal and they lasted another year and a half. though they are leaking off and on now it's not difficult to find the leaks and repair them with aquaseal Sunday I fished all day and stayed bone dry and today there is a brand new pair on my doorstep that I ordered just a week ago. I guess I have 2 pairs now.. Simms guide gortex are a bargain at full retail..
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i don't see the duck hunting

in fishing waders,,aren't there some decent bootfoot camo waders out there for that,;cheap,real cheap,,,good fishing waders/boots,,,,are well worth the money spent!
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Old 04-27-2004, 11:25 AM
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Going on year 7 w/a pair of LLBean neoprenes. Fish, dig clams, and have gone duck hunting in them. Tried on the Bean wicked toughs a few weeks back. Very, very nice IMHO...

Had 5 pairs of Redington breathables in 5 years, have to keep sending them back w/ leaks. May be time to make the switch.
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Bean's toughest waders are the Bomber series, which are reinforced with Kevlar in the lower leg region. Almost as pricy as the Simms at $385/pair. The Wicked Tough waders simply have more layers of Gore-Tex in the legs, but no Kevlar.
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Re: i don't see the duck hunting

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don't see duck hunting in fishing waders,,aren't there some decent bootfoot camo waders out there for that,;cheap,real cheap,,,
I tend to hunt beaver ponds, which require a bit of a hike to get to. Hiking off trail through the woods in bootfoot neoprene, while carrying a bag of cork decoys, a shotgun, and a couple of boxes of shells, is hell . . .
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