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Old 02-03-2008, 01:30 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Up to now I was totally happy with my hodgman hippers, but they have finally got too leaky, so I am shopping for waders.
Most people insist that breathable stockingfoot is the only way to go. Some insist that SIMMS breathable stockingfoot is the only way to go. After researching the web, I find that the only SIMMS I would want won't work for my body/foot size, and not even with their "custom fit" program. So, I am thinking I need to buy in a store, not online, so I can get a good fit. That being the case, I am interested in Dan Bailey's. Anyone have anything good or bad to say about them? What I really like the look of, online, is Cabela's breathable BOOTFOOT waders, with the lace up bootfoot. But I can't try them on. Me so confused!
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Old 02-03-2008, 04:43 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I've had 4 pair of Hodgeman stocking foot waders. All eventually leaked. I recommend Cabela's DryFit stockingfoot waders. I use them with my float tube up to the hardwater season. Totally warm and dry!
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https://www.coloradofisherman.com/for...?topic=24314.0

Just a little heads up if you are thinking about the Simms. The above link is a topic that we discussed about a month or so ago. A lifetime guarantee is not always a lifetime guarantee.




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Old 02-03-2008, 07:10 PM   #4 (permalink)
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My brother had a pair of DB's used mostly for tubing and got at least four (maybe more) good hard years out of them.
Well worth his money spent/times used.
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wow, that simms thread was an eyeopener! I need to share it with this friend of mine who practically pointed a gun at me and said, "buy what you want as long as it is Simms..."
Thanks guys.
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Old 02-03-2008, 10:15 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I've had a pair of cabelas stocking foot waders for 11 years, probably only 6 years of use, last season they developed a leak in the crotch seam, totaly fixable though. They are they 3mm neoprene waders. May not mean much for ya, but thats my experience with it. Another thing, if you plan on spending time in and out of water in your waders in the extreme cold. I had water in my boot freeze after crossing a stream to get to another, it ended up being a very painful day for my feet.
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I have had good luck with cabelas waders. I replace lightwieght about every two to threes years but they are used pretty hard (not graceful). I have had a pair of 5 mil neoprenes for about 6yrs but they are used only in the winter. I think if you spend big money waders and cross a bob wire fence.... you will be very bummed. Speaking from exp. I think if a 100 dollar pair of breathable lightwieghts last 2 to 3 yrs I got my money out of them.
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If you are a heavy user of the waders, you may want to consider going cheap and replacing them as needed. It may save you some $.

PS- I always try on waders before I buy them, especially the bootie fit. Do they come off the foot easy?
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Water is for fishing in, not for walking in.

Oh yeah, and for making ice cubes, can't forget that...

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I am pretty hard on my waders. I tromp through places no man should have gone to get to a fishing hole, put miles in while wearing them, constantly brush sticker bushes and trees, break limbs while walking, etc.

I generally buy Hodgman or White River waders because they are cheap and replacing them every few years isn't such a big deal. I couldn't force myself to spen $200+ on a pair of waders I'll beat the crap out of and have to replace anyways.
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