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Old 11-12-2002, 12:25 PM
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Cheap Waders

Stopped in Buiding 19 1/2 on the Lynnway. They have a good number of pairs of Hodgeman Waders both breathable and neoprene for about 30 bucks.

I am holding out for a brand new pair from probably one of the sponsors to get the good guarantee etc. But I thought I would mention it for anyone on the tighter budget. They look great. Not sure about guarantees.

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Old 11-12-2002, 01:34 PM
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Stopped in Buiding 19 1/2 on the Lynnway. They have a good number of pairs of Hodgeman Waders both breathable and neoprene for about 30 bucks.

I am holding out for a brand new pair from probably one of the sponsors to get the good guarantee etc. But I thought I would mention it for anyone on the tighter budget. They look great. Not sure about guarantees.

Lefty
The famous Jerry Ellis "Thrity Day, No Hard Time, Money Back Guarantee" is all that'll apply to these. Lefty, you say these LOOK great??? (kinda challenging to believe in that emporium )
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Old 11-12-2002, 02:45 PM
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I've had great luck with the neoprenes for float tubing. I got my little one a pair of Hodgmans for $20 and separate felt sole boots for $5. I agree it may be wise to stick to the shops for a pair that is covered by the manufacturer.
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Old 11-12-2002, 03:05 PM
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My Simms goretex waders are finishing up their fourth season of hardcore fishing. I sure paid a lot that first year, but not a penny since. I would have to say they have delivered on their promise, and they aren't done yet. When you factor in comfort, performance and reliability it was well worth it. It's nice to get something good cheap, when you can get it - but that seems so rare compared to the times I hear myself saying "pennywise, pound foolish" when I get lured into a bargain buy.

Some might be luckier than I when it comes to good stuff cheap, I tend to get my good stuff the hard way
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Old 11-12-2002, 04:22 PM
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Have to agree w/Juro here. I am on my 4th pair of Orvis Clearwater Breathables in 2 years. I do fish a lot but generally take good care of my gear. Cheap seams.

Have heard rave reviews for Simms breathables which will definitely be my next pair of waders.

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Old 11-12-2002, 04:46 PM
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Have to agree w/Juro here. I am on my 4th pair of Orvis Clearwater Breathables in 2 years...

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That don't sound too good. 4 in 2 years? I just threw out a pair of them too. I'm switching brands. I'll look at the Simms.
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Old 11-13-2002, 01:33 AM
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If we can send missions to Mars and cure incurable diseases why can`t we make a wader that dosen`t leak? I`ve had expensive and I`ve had cheapo`s and they all suck! This is not rocket science, why can`t they get it right, I`ve never had a pair that made it thru the second season!
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Old 11-13-2002, 01:35 AM
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Be very, very careful of Hodgemans at that price. They are probably seconds with poor seams, especially in the foot. Otherwise, they would be much more expensive than the price you quoted. The wholesale price is more than double this price.

I, for one, would not buy them because I wouild be afraid that they have seams that did not pass inspection. Which means that they will leak if not initially, within a very few trips out. If you must buy them, coat each seam (and I mean each seam on the waders) with aquaseal to be on the safe side and keep the seams from leaking.
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Old 11-13-2002, 06:39 AM
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Flytyer hit it right on the head IMHO; the difference between most waders is the quality of the seams, not the material in between.

I don't wear a lot of neoprene anymore (limited winter steelheading) but when I did, it was obvious that the neoprene itself was about the same between the $400 and $80 waders but the construction was the big difference. You wanted brands that sealed their seams inside and out, double seam-sealed in/out in other words.

You could find great waders at a great price w/ single seam seals only and stitching on the other side at 1/3 the price, but these would quickly give in to wear and tear. I contacted a local scuba suit maker about getting a new pair of cheap waders sealed to see if it would save me money, and it wold save about $20 bucks - not worth the trouble. I bought my streamlines that week, since out of business but at the time one of the truly solid waders out there in terms of seam construction.

I started the goretex adventure the same way with a bargain brand, they leaked right away and I quickly returned them and bit the big $$ bullet for the Simms.

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Old 11-13-2002, 09:04 AM
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Ask anyone who has the Sims, and they will tell you that there is no other wader in contention. Sims has come out with a non Gore breathable and we will see if they are any better than the rest of the cheapos.
I used to think that being wet and uncomfortable was the only way to go fishing. Red Balls, Streamlines, Orvis breathables....
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Old 11-13-2002, 10:21 AM
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The reddington breathables are OK but I've had to send them back at least every 2 years. They have fantastic service and send you a new pair each time. Most of the problems I've had were with the seam where the neoprene sock meets the wader material. The last pair I got back was a new style with extra reinforcing in the knees and integrated gaiters. The new style doesn't breathe as well where the material is doubled but they have held up better than the originals.
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Old 11-13-2002, 11:09 AM
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Eddie -

I thought Simms went to the next generation Goretex (XCR)? I have a jacket made of this and it's pretty awesome so far, more breathable and incredible waterproof.

Which material if non-Gore?
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Old 11-14-2002, 08:31 AM
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Sims has come out with some "inexpensive" waders to compete with the likes of Orvis, Hodgemans,Redington etc. They will be just over a hundred bucks, and they look to be made from the same material as the others.
The rest of the Sims line will be GoreTex. I think it is important to make ssure that people know/ask what the breathable material is in the waders. A "material like goretex" is not goretex.
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Old 11-14-2002, 08:37 AM
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Hmmm, I see. The question is does their 4 year warranty still apply. I am going for the guide weights again, good experiences last go-around.
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Old 11-14-2002, 09:28 AM
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Most waders(asside from the Sims GTX) should come tewnty on a roll. When they leak, just tear off a new pair.
The guide weights are hard to beat.
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