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Old 04-20-2011, 08:34 AM
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Hi All...........I just returned my waders for the 2nd time in 3 yrs to a very reputable company that backs up their products forever. I would mention to company, but that may violate site rules.
In speaking with many FFs over the years, no one seems happy with their waders regardless of brand. Leakage, wear, sizing etc have been common complaints.
Given the respect that I have for the company I purchased my waders from, I decided to write them with my suggestions for the "ideal wader". My suggestions appear below.
I thought that it might be interesting to receive suggestions from others as well and or a list of complaints and "likes' regardless of brand. My guess is that if there is interest in this subject....it would be best NOT to mention the brand in your reply....just what features you like, dislike, problems, fixes, preferences and wish list I will send a follow up letter to the company with your suggestions.
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Ron
My suggestions:
1. Padded shoulder harness that buckles at the chest instead of shoulders so that one is comfy and doesn't have to gear up blind;
2. Small water proof inside pocket to hold a chip type car key and a cell phone or small GPS;
3. Gotex option
4. Outside chest pocket with either velcro or zipper sides .....fleece lined for hand warming or to be used to hold a fly box;
5. Double reinforcement of belt area around waist....prevent seeping from wear and abrasion;
6. An adjustible belt that allows one to just pull an end and clamp tighten....as opposed to the common type that we have to play around with depending on how bulky or not we are dressed;
7. Gravel guard design.....stretchy neoprene that goes up at least 6 inches inside the wader and covers to the ankle....this would reinforce the wader and prevent seems from separating when pulling waders on and off;
8. Bootie on stocking foot type.......protective double layer on bottom to protect wear from sand.....extended up heel at least 3 inches (site of rubbing from walking esp if boot loosened....and double layer extended around sides to protect seams from wear and separating.
9. Highly reinfored small loop at waist to secure a water bottle with holder.

OK....that's it for me. I really expect this company to response to what I have already written. Please add or subtract to the list if desired.
Ron
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Old 04-20-2011, 09:04 AM
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First of all, brand names are mentioned all the time on this board. So, unless the rules have changed very recently, there is no problem at all mentioning them. However, it is against the rules, as I understand it, to provide a hotlink to that brand's website.

Secondly, what on Earth is #3-do you mean Gore-tex? That's the only thing I could come up with although your word came closer to something that wouldn't ever be needed in a man's wader.
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Old 04-20-2011, 09:17 AM
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I do believe it is called an "innocent typo" .
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Old 04-20-2011, 10:05 AM
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Bib connected to top of wader made of highly breathable material instead of straps. If you are not sure of what I'm implying, envision a Farmer John type wetsuit or Polartec union suit under layer. Or, a wader made of Gore-Tex with jacket connected much like a dry suit. Surf guys would love something to protect the upper chest from water. May get a little clammy in there but with breather gussets under the arm, may be doable. Union suit waders! Stripping basket friendly. Most leaks are from stocking foot booties connection to Gore-Tex. Pulling off wet wading boots tends to stress the seams where neo meets wader fabric. I think this is why the industry is attaching wading boots. I once wore non breathable stocking foot waders with no neo booties. They never leaked. Got very clammy but did not leak.
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Old 04-20-2011, 02:28 PM
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Awesome I'll take one!

Great idea to let manufacturers know what we need out there. I truly believe communication is all that stands between a great product and what we end up having to accept.

Most wader design is based on freestone angling (e.g. Simms, Patagonia, etc) and they don't necessarily understand what we face out here.

Thanks for doing that I may join you on sending such a list.
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Old 04-20-2011, 03:25 PM
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By having the snaps for the straps on the chest instead of blindly behind, it would be much easier to lower the waders for the occasional need to relieve oneself without much hassle. The zippered waders from a few years ago seem to have been a bit of a hot item, but in my opinion a zipper in the crotch doesn't justify the outlandish price that came with them. Easier buckling at the chest would negate the need for an expensive zippered pair.
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Old 04-20-2011, 03:43 PM
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Juro...please add to the list and or delete/ comment on what you don't like on mine.

I feel that waders in general, made by any comany, are designed only for the person who drives to a stream, walks 40 down a hill and stands in one place or walks up to 100yds for 1/2 day. If I did that, my old waders would have lasted 10 years. Mine had 5 layers of brush protection, but I have yet to run into brush in Chatham.

It's nice when a company backs what they sell and replaces them at no cost....but that is not the point. Maybe to use you statement...we don't have to accept only what is on the market.

I am hoping that the company is open to suggestion and gives a message that is something other than the obligatory...thank you for writing....will find that out soon.

A wader as I describe would meet everyone's need...not just stream/river fishing folks.
Guess it can't hurt to try....more opinions and ideas would be great to receive.
Ron (aka--"wet-foot with bionic thumb")
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Old 04-20-2011, 04:11 PM
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Actually there is one, Rosa Ragusa straight across from the refuge... great spot in May and September

Obligatory wader / relief note: I knew a med student who won a drinking contest using a condom catheter but when he was found out the frat boys punished him If any of you flats rats tries that I claim up current position all day.
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Old 04-20-2011, 05:39 PM
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Juro..my wife about 4 yrs ago recommendated what she called a Foley catherer....that is what one gets when a wife "beaches" while her hubby fishes......of course the right or left leg (depending on directional preference) would have to be larger...I will add that to the list
Sort of the reverse of the "camel back".
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The weakest spot that I've found is the inside of the knees where the seams rub against one another while walking, this is where my last two pairs have become worn past the point of repair and my current pair are on the edge, I'm just trying to squeak another year out of them.
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Ron, items 1 thru 5 and 7 are there in the G3 by Simms. I know the waders you have, and as I recall, they have held up pretty well. The Cloudveil wader that CSJ60 has worn for several years have been outstanding, but like a lot of quality items, they have been discontinued. My waders usually start leaking in the crotch because of the amount of walking that abrades the seams. Now, Simms has put the seams opposite the inseam and crotch. We shall see.
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As with most folks, if I'm going to get a 'seep leak' it's odds on going to be in the neo bootie. I've got more than a tube of seamseal on each and still haven't found one of the buggers (on each foot). Given a preference I'd go with the 'breathable material' right to the toes and skip the neo-booty. Just use a pull on one like you'd use if you were 'wet wading.' Zippers in those to ease the on/off would be good.

Some manufactures, as noted above have already moved the seams from the inside of the leg to 'elsewhere.' Good call as that's the part of the wader that gets the most chaffing as you walk. If you're not going to/can't change the design just make the (seam) covering material at least 3" wide to really take the ongoing beating.

What I do is get tent repair tape and put another run over the inside seams when I buy the things and be done with it. The manufacturer could do it just as easily, just wider tape than what they're already using. Ditto in the crotch area, but I don't wade much over my knees so this has never been a personal issue.

As for an easy on/off belt, DB has the right idea on my waist highs. Straps that go through a wide loop and back over themselves and close up with a large velcro patch. Works a treat, and no extra bits to futz with.

Just my .02 cents.

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Fea.....interesting feedback...thanks!!! ....maybe a few of us should get together and design and manufacture our own
Or just buy stock in whoever makes Aquaseal.
Eliminating the neoprene makes sense...why not?
It has helped me to wear a sock over the booties, just to reduce abrasion on the bootie seems. My last pair had more aqauseal compound on them than neoprene....re-sealed every seam, water still came in....looking at the bottom of the feet, I finally came to the conclusion that they were worn thin from walking and bits of sand rubbing over time. Maybe I just expect too much given the marching that is done every season.
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For 20 years an OR company OS SYSTEMS has been making the most comfortable and durable stocking foot on earth.

OSS attaches a soft rubber sock per US Navy Seal specifications to a wader. It is so comfortable that those of us who have used these waders dream of these feet on goretex.

Unfortunately the waders they are attached to are not breathable and unfit for summer use.
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Juro, maybe they do!



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