View Full Version : The Wader Debate

03-04-2014, 10:32 AM
It appears that after three seasons my Columbia breathable waders have given up the ghost. Iíve unsuccessfully tried three times to repair the leak in my right boot foot (the last repair attempt using the Loomis UV repair kit).
I realize I will probably get a hundred different answers but I pose this question to the forum. What waders do you suggest in the $150-$175 range. I would love to buy a pair of Simms but I just canít justify the cost. Right now Iím leaning towards the Orvis Endura that retail for $159. (In April Orvis will send a $25 off coupon making them $134).
I would love to get input on the waders you use or if anyone has any other ideas for repairing the leak in my current waders. Iíve turned them inside out and filled them with water to find the leaking area but my patch jobs doesnítí seem to work

03-04-2014, 12:43 PM
if anyone has any other ideas for repairing the leak in my current waders. Iíve turned them inside out and filled them with water to find the leaking area but my patch jobs doesnítí seem to work

Have you tried Tear-Aid? I have 4 patches where a mouse at poke patch decided to eat my fishy smelling waders that have held up for 4 seasons using Tear Aid. It is even good enough to patch my inflatable kayaks under many pounds ofpressure. With aquaseal you were always fine unless you were at a seam or in a boot etc then you were screwed. With Tear Aid it stretches and just plain holds up. Freddie even game me another set of waders that look like they don't even have much wear because he couldn't fix a leak. Now I have an extra free set that works perfectly. It's like duct tape only better because it waterproof, give it a try

03-04-2014, 04:33 PM
this simms g 3 waiders do cost more than what you're looking to pay. however my experience as a full-time guide has proven that these waiders will outlast any other waideron the market I was getting one maybe one and a half seasons out of different brands and have had my G 3 Series for 3 years now. Also Simms will repair your G 3 waiders for free the first time they leak and if the seams ever leak they will always fix those for free as well. I'm not too brand crazy... I have lots if did brands of rods, reels, cases, and even lines. But when it comes to my waiders and rain gear I'll only use Simms..

03-04-2014, 05:19 PM
Never understood why they discontinued the L2 waders.
Durable, Gore-Tex, & affordable.

03-04-2014, 07:45 PM
I have a pair of Simms Blackfoots and I haven't used them extensively yet but they seem very durable and they serve their purpose we'll. plus I got them for $150.....

03-04-2014, 08:24 PM
In your price range, I think the Cabelas house models hold up as well as the other name branded waders.

03-04-2014, 11:08 PM
Dan Bailey Barebone(built-in cuffs) @ 149.

03-05-2014, 08:28 AM
I would search for some Simms. Fabulous warranty! Give LRO a call and tell them your price range. I am sure Daniel will guide you right. Plus; you will have a very reputable shop to support your purchase. To me; this makes a world of difference!

Lately, I have been interested in Orvis's Sonic Seam Models. I found some previous models in your price range.

03-05-2014, 11:22 AM
I gave up and started using LL Bean waders.
Best selling point: they take them back and give refunds easily.
2nd best: they pay shipping (print the label off the web).


03-05-2014, 11:50 AM
Hey guys thanks for all of your input. I think I will get a pair of Simms and if they hold up as well as everyone says maybe my problem will go away. I will probably have to start with a low end pair, but my hope is that a low end pair of Simms will be better than most other waders in that price range.

I looked up the Tear Aid but they appear to be a patch and I'm not sure they will work on a sock foot. Looks like an awesome way to fix a hole above the foot though.

old east tn boy
03-06-2014, 09:23 AM
I have had three waders in the last six years. I finally bit the bullet last spring and got the Simms G3's from Paula at LRO. By far the best I have ever used. They fit better and are oh so comfortable. With my other waders I always felt like the wilted Goodyear blimp in the water. Not so with the G3's. Since there isn't excess cloth flapping in the current the wading is a little easier. But since the fit is just right I cannot afford to gain much more weight or I'll need a girdle to get them on! Can't beat their warranty too.

03-06-2014, 12:11 PM
One note from my experience. The fabric-style (Gore-tex, or are nylon coated with water resistant chemicals) is going to degrade in performance with use. So; the more you use them; the more they degrade. Also; factors like fit and wear-tear play a big factor in their longevity.

The high tech fabric is more expensive than other materials.

In general; you pay for what you get. The higher priced waders include a better warranty and more comfortable fit. I generally go through a pair of waders about every 8-12 months.:eek: I am currently using the Simms G3 Waders and they are fabulous for my needs. However; I do have a small leak in the left knee. Simms is a great company and they have addressed all my warranty/repair issues with my satisfaction. I like this type of support and desire their excellent customer service.

One brand that has captured my interests are the Orvis Sonic Waders. I may try a pair the next time I upgrade.

I suggest anyone that purchases waders to buy a pair the fits well. I have long legs and desire the (L)-Long Fit when I purchase a size. Getting the best fit will help your waders last longer.

03-06-2014, 08:12 PM
Madison, I purchased a pair of the Orvis Silver Sonic waders last July. I had a pair of LL Bean waders that lasted a lot longer than any waders should, so it took me a long time to decide on what to go with.

The Sonic waders are very affordable compared to other "high-end" waders which was a selling point for me. I have only used these waders less than 15 trips so I still feel like they are new.

I would suggest one thing; however, be careful on the sizing with these. I am right at 6 foot tall and weigh-in around 170 with a size 10.5-11 shoe. I went with a Medium-Long which are supposed to be 5'10"-6'1" tall, weight 140-180, and shoe size 9-11. I probably should have went with just a regular Medium. The M-Long is big on me all around, mainly in the feet. I guess these give me room to grow, even though at this point the only growing will be in the belly.

03-06-2014, 09:56 PM
Bought my first pair of Simms G3 waders at LRO and still going after 5 yrs!!!!!I purchased a 2nd pair just to make sure if I had to send in for repairs I wouldn't be without. I agree 1000% with Shawn and 2 wt. Have also purchased the G3 pants waders and are just as excellent. Have all the Guide jackets and Guide Boots. All superior gear. 2 days a week in one of the above and still going strong. Good Luck and Go Simms!!!!


03-07-2014, 12:43 AM
I have the sonic seams from Orvis. They were my first pair of waders I've ever bought. I'm entering my second full season with them and they have been great. They are priced well and have a good warranty. They even offer a zipper fly model, albeit more expensive than the regular.