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Old 01-28-2018, 09:55 PM   #1
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What's the best bargain, buy, or pair of waders. I have had some vintage neoprenes for years, but discovered a leak this weekend. What's everyone wearing or buying and no way I'm spending $600 on a pair, or $900 on the new sitka ones.

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Old 01-28-2018, 09:56 PM   #2
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Fishing or hunting or both?
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Old 01-28-2018, 10:08 PM   #3
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What's the best bargain, buy, or pair of waders. I have had some vintage neoprenes for years, but discovered a leak this weekend. What's everyone wearing or buying and no way I'm spending $600 on a pair, or $900 on the new sitka ones.

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Imo. The next pair I buy will be redheads no matter what.

#1 reason is because the have a no questions asked return policy for life. Just keep the receipt and bring them to the counter and go get a new pair.

A friend of mine gets a new pair about every 2-3 years for FREE

buys them at Bass pro shops

Here's a good pair https://www.basspro.com/shop/en/redh...waders-for-men

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Old 01-28-2018, 10:14 PM   #4
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I've always used the Academy neoprene waders. $49 bucks and end up replacing them every 4-5yrs. Eventually have to fix a leak but it's hard to beat the low price.
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Old 01-28-2018, 10:14 PM   #5
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If we are talking hunting, Iíve never seen a need for anything more than the baseline 3mm boot foot with 400gr thinsulate in the boots. Aside from a hole I put in them myself on accident Iíve never had an issue. Boots usually dry rot before The neoprene gives out. 3mm is plenty warm enough for me, and I hunt in the panhandle which is generally colder than elsewhere in the state.

But that redhead warranty sounds like something to be looked into
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Old 01-28-2018, 10:17 PM   #6
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I've got the academy ones. I think they were 100 or 120. they have been great so far.

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Old 01-28-2018, 10:22 PM   #7
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Redheads are plenty good, and they do still warant them. Cabelas used to and still might on their house brand. Academy even takes their house brand back if they leak.

Im tough on waders, so usually buy in the offseason for cheap and treat them as semi-disposable. Current set is from Academy and lasted the last two years with minimal leaks. Tent sealer works well to treat the seams.

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Old 01-28-2018, 10:22 PM   #8
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Fishing or hunting or both?
Good question. Hunting almost exclusively.

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Old 01-28-2018, 10:30 PM   #9
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Cabelas all the way...catch em on sale. They're around 150 on sale and worth every penny. I did the academy ones when I first started duck hunting, then got a nicer pair of cabelas ones. I love my cabelas. I know every black Friday they run sales on their better lines of waders
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Old 01-28-2018, 11:47 PM   #10
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Imo. The next pair I buy will be redheads no matter what.

#1 reason is because the have a no questions asked return policy for life. Just keep the receipt and bring them to the counter and go get a new pair.

A friend of mine gets a new pair about every 2-3 years for FREE

buys them at Bass pro shops

Here's a good pair https://www.basspro.com/shop/en/redh...waders-for-men

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I am not sure you are correct. I went to the link and in the Q and A section it specifically says they have a 1 year warranty. It does not say life time unless I missed that.
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Old 01-29-2018, 03:22 AM   #11
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I am not sure you are correct. I went to the link and in the Q and A section it specifically says they have a 1 year warranty. It does not say life time unless I missed that.
Wellllll it's working for him. That's all I can say.


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Old 01-29-2018, 06:39 AM   #12
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I find the footie on the waders are always too small. Please post is you know a brandnfor larger feet. I've tried most everything in the Houston area. I'm only a size 12.
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Old 01-29-2018, 06:51 AM   #13
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I bought Cabelas due to the lifetime warranty, they said if anything happens just bring them back....that being said, they told me the same on boots and didn't cover them....
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Old 01-29-2018, 07:08 AM   #14
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I did pick up a pair of breathable Simms waders from Cabelas recently but haven't had a chance to use them yet. Cost me $150 in their bargain basement.
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Old 01-29-2018, 08:59 AM   #15
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Last season I returned 2 pairs of cabelas breathables because both leaked after 3-4 hunts. Luckily I was within their 90 day window. They got rid of the lifetime warranty, probably because so many people were abusing it getting "free" waders every year. I'd find the ones that are the most comfortable. It's been my experience in the last few years that the cheap ones last just as long as the $300 ones when used a lot.
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Old 01-29-2018, 08:59 AM   #16
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I find the footie on the waders are always too small. Please post is you know a brandnfor larger feet. I've tried most everything in the Houston area. I'm only a size 12.


This is my problem. I mainly use them for fishing and prefer the stocking foot (wear a separate pair of boots over them).

I have a size 14 foot. I'm 6'5" and about 220lb. Lean build. But I have to buy XXL waders just for my inseam length and foot size. And those are still pretty tight on the feet. So my waders are always baggy around the waist and chest.

I'm in the market for some new breathables, and am eyeing the Hodgeman's, since they make "tall" sizes. And I don't want to spend $600 on a pair of Simms.

Other than that, you probably just have to buy XLs or XXLs. The box should tell you the foot size.


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Old 01-29-2018, 09:06 AM   #17
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Simms g3 spend the money and quit being cheap

Nm figured you wanted for fishing
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Old 01-29-2018, 09:10 AM   #18
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I did pick up a pair of breathable Simms waders from Cabelas recently but haven't had a chance to use them yet. Cost me $150 in their bargain basement.
Your gonna love them! Get em on a Colorado river or stream this summer
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Old 01-29-2018, 09:33 AM   #19
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Your gonna love them! Get em on a Colorado river or stream this summer
That's the whole reason I bought them. Got a pair for my wife also. Now I just need to get some good boots.
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Old 01-29-2018, 09:58 AM   #20
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I am not sure you are correct. I went to the link and in the Q and A section it specifically says they have a 1 year warranty. It does not say life time unless I missed that.
They do not have a lifetime warranty. Sometimes some employee's are flexible on returns and sometimes they are sticklers. In the past year, they have become VERY strict even with a reciept

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Well that doesn't mean its a lifetime warranty
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Old 01-29-2018, 10:41 AM   #21
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I would go breathable and add layers underneath as needed. You will be miserable in early season hunts wearing neoprenes and the boots are terrible. I am currently using the Frogg Togg Hellbenders and they have been really good thus far. I wear them fall - spring for fishing and hunting and typically put quite a few hours on them. For muddy bottoms, the ability to wear a wade boot with a real sole that has some rigidity is huge....walking all day in mud with no support tears my feet and knees up. I had a pair of White River (Cabelas fly fishing brand) that went 7 years. I would not blink at buying another pair.
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Old 01-29-2018, 10:42 AM   #22
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Depending how often you hunt the academy super tuff 1200 work but never fails that they start leaking after 2 years, at least for me they do but for $120 on sale they're a good value.

Personally I'm a fan of the Banded Red zone insulated breathable waders great quality for the price, usually grab them on sale for around $250 to $300.


The new Sitka Delta waders, I'll wait a few years on to see how long they last my guide friends and if they give them the green light, I'll pick a pair up but the price tag is steep.


Other option for bigger guys are the Rogers Sporting goods stout waders. Plenty of room in them and a little bit better quality than academy
For what it's worth, I usually hunt about 3 to 4 days a week and do a lot of walk in hunts so my waders definitely get abused.
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Old 01-29-2018, 11:08 AM   #23
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Old 01-29-2018, 01:53 PM   #24
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My birthday is next month. I know what you can buy me. I'm too poor to buy those for myself.

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Old 01-29-2018, 01:54 PM   #25
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I would go breathable and add layers underneath as needed. You will be miserable in early season hunts wearing neoprenes and the boots are terrible. I am currently using the Frogg Togg Hellbenders and they have been really good thus far. I wear them fall - spring for fishing and hunting and typically put quite a few hours on them. For muddy bottoms, the ability to wear a wade boot with a real sole that has some rigidity is huge....walking all day in mud with no support tears my feet and knees up. I had a pair of White River (Cabelas fly fishing brand) that went 7 years. I would not blink at buying another pair.
Yes, this is most likely my route. I hate a built in boot.

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Old 01-29-2018, 01:55 PM   #26
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Cough cough...new truck
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Old 01-29-2018, 02:52 PM   #27
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I’ve had good luck with Cabela’s northern flight waders.

Their breathable are good for the price too but pretty thin for hunting waders
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