Breathable Stocking Foot Waders

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  1. mjd1973

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    I need a new pair of breathable stocking foot waders. Just wondering what everyone else uses. Really don't need top of the line. Thanks for any suggestions.

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  2. Mr Burgundy

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    Simms.. going on quite a few years with them now
     
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    I just bought some Compass 360's, I think they were around $125, pretty nice, and thicker than some of the others I've had. They are a little long in the sense the top of the waders come up pretty high but I bought larges instead of medium stout, oh well no one will see how dumb that looks.
     
  4. tincanary

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    I have Simms Freestones along with the Freestone boots, great pieces of gear. The more renowned manufacturers don't have gear I'd call budget friendly, but you get what you pay for. Simms, Patagonia, LL Bean, and Orvis will always be a safe bet for waders.
     
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    Don't forget to get a small roll of gorilla tape in case you get a leak on the water. It isn't a permanent fix but it works in a pinch.
     
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    I've had orvis for a long time with no problems. I don't put as many miles on them as a lot of guys though.
     
  8. -Axiom-

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    I didn't find a pair of breathables that didn't leak until I spent $300 on some Orvis lightweight convertibles.

    They have the added bonus that my back doesn't ache as much after a day of wearing them.
    I bought some Hodgeman h4's and they leaked on the 2nd outing, the boots fell apart within a year.
     
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  9. Stand By

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    My Simms guideweight ( 1st gen) finally gave my a wet leg this summer. I bought them when the GW2 was just hitting the market. May be the upper thigh seam. Might finally replace them with another Simms this winter. Have to get them out yet and verify the leak again.
     
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    If you can spot the leak, get some Aqua Seal. That's a permanent fix to get them back in working order.
     
  11. Pier Pressure

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    ^X2. Aquaseal is worth it’s weight in gold.
     
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    I have had a lot of pair of $100 waders. Then I bought a pair of Simms (cheapest US made pair)
    I got 7-8 years out of the first pair, didn’t hesitate buying the 2nd pair.
     
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    Best way to find the leak is put a flashlight inside the pant legs. The leak will stick out like a sore thumb.
     
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    Just invested last year in Simms. They have been fantastic
     
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    good to know! Thanks for sharing. I’ll share a good bush fix. I read in field and stream to keep a lighter and a bass worm on you with you waders. If you happen to get a leak you can light the worm on fire and cover the leak. This is temporary of course but saved my day one trip.