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Waders...basspro and cabelas?? #15295394 10/08/20
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Any experience with these? Will only use them 2 or 3 times a year flyfishing in the smokies.


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Re: Waders...basspro and cabelas?? [Re: lawnman] #15296099 10/08/20
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Wish one could tell you, but it's a crapshoot. Some of my best have been the cheapest, and the absolute worst the most expensive.


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Re: Waders...basspro and cabelas?? [Re: 1minute] #15296392 10/08/20
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Originally Posted by 1minute

Wish one could tell you, but it's a crapshoot. Some of my best have been the cheapest, and the absolute worst the most expensive.


Its weird works that way. I used to love Simms but lately not happy with the quality for the price point. I had a pair of 80 dollar Allen waders and they never leaked

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Re: Waders...basspro and cabelas?? [Re: lawnman] #15296863 10/08/20
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I bought a pair of waist high breathable stocking foot waders from BP IIRC the White River label on sale for $99 and they have worked fine for me. I am somewhat limited in choices by being large and having a size 14 foot but I have had no complaints about these waders.


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Re: Waders...basspro and cabelas?? [Re: lawnman] #15303605 10/11/20
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For a couple times a year you'll do fine with the house brands. I've had bad luck years ago with them and Cabelas was great at replacing them but that didn't do me much good on an Alaska trip! Simms have gotten expensive but they're the longest lasting I've had. I really like the waist highs.


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Re: Waders...basspro and cabelas?? [Re: lawnman] #15303827 10/11/20
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I agree on getting by with the cheap stuff if you are only going to use them a little bit. But if you are small (especially in the case of kids) better waders cut narrower are much safer. Here we deal with lots of fast water and kids do not have the mass to hold themselves down when big flaps of oversize wader are involved.

Also, the entry level Simms are the only ones I really find a good deal. They seem to last as long as the very high end and are more comfortable for me. I always have at least two waders ready to go and sometimes more and replace them every couple years (one at a time) and it works for me.

Orvis waders at one time were a terrible joke, but a few guides I know have started wearing them and speak very highly of them.


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Re: Waders...basspro and cabelas?? [Re: lawnman] #15315938 10/15/20
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I got lucky on a pair of Cabelas premiums a while back. A local fisheries field biologist swore by them, and my experience echoed his.

But the new ones don't seem to be made nearly as ruggedly as my at least 10 year old pair. Which just this year finally developed a small leak. I'd say there's something like 250 days of use in them, so it was money well spent. But that puts me in your wading boots - what to replace them with?



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Same as above, had an old pair of Cabelas Cordura boot foot waders and those were great, held up to barbed wire and oyster shells better than anything other than the black commercial ones that seem like they weigh 80lbs. But Cabelas is not what it used to be, for your use closet rot may be the biggest issue and you should get a couple of years use with even the cheaper waders. You may have to re-seal the seams, but sometimes this is necessary on better waders too. My complaint with the cheaper ones is the neoprene foot is usually a poorly fitted over sized sock and can be uncomfortable. The better waders have sized and fitted feet that are far more comfortable.


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