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I have a pair of Redington benchmark wading boots. Probably the best pair of wading boots I've owned. I recently noticed that the sides of them are starting to deteriorate. Is there anything that I can do to stop them or at least slow down the rotting process? Any help would be great.
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Not sure what the warranty situation is for Redington, but Patagonia or Simms would likely repair or replace, so it's worth checking into.

Did you frequently dry your wading boots in the sun? That can cause some issues if done consistently. I always dry my waders and boots out of the sun. I only ask because the rest of the boots don't look to be overly worn out or abused...
 
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Its hard for me to dry my boots outside at my apartment just because I don't want them being stolen. I typically squeeze them to get most of the water out, then shove old towels down in them and let them sit in the tub.
 

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I've had the same thing happen on some wading boots as well. I think, at least in my case, it was merely a function of what I paid for the boots. Historically, the less I spend the quicker it happens. I'm not trying to sound like a gear snob as I am the king of frugality (ask my wife), but I've probably had 3 $50-75 pair of wading boots that this has happened to and now I just bit the bullet on some Orvis Ultralights and we shall see if it happens with them.
 

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good wading boots hard to find. gotta be a way to duct tape my Mickey Mouse boots to my Simms lol. probably be like trying to wade with small pontoons on your feet
 

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Unfortunately everything is disposable. If I get 3-4 seasons out of a pair that is probably pretty good now.


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Its hard for me to dry my boots outside at my apartment just because I don't want them being stolen. I typically squeeze them to get most of the water out, then shove old towels down in them and let them sit in the tub.
I actually think it's better to dry them indoors, but with air movement like from a fan.

I've gotten tons of good use from this little gadget, fits in your wader bag, and can be plugged into a plug or a 12v cig lighter in a car and you can actually dry your boots from the inside while driving:

 

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Thanks. Gonna have to look into this.
I should be clear, this device will dry out boots over a fairly long period, like over night. They don't blast them dry within hours, but I think the air movement they provide, even if they don't fully dry the boots right away, helps a ton. Plus, super convenient.
 
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