View Full Version : Waders...Layers?

swipper 74
01-14-2008, 08:26 PM
Hello all, in a discussion a while ago with Mtnman about the purpose of layers on waders. What are the purpose of layers when discussing waders? Some waders talk about 5-layers (orvis endura), 3-layers (simms freestone), double layered knees, etc, etc, etc....

What does all this mean in a nutshell? Mtnman seems to think it has to do with puncture/abrasion resistance. I think that and also maybe help with warmth.

While on the subject, has anyone had any experience with Dan Bailey waders?

Paula Begley
01-14-2008, 10:56 PM
Well, Mtnman has it right on abrasion.

Warmth in breathable waders is created with layering underneath them. One should never wear cotton garments underneath a breathable wader.

What makes you hot or cold is moisture against your skin. If you wear cotton garments under a breathable wader, the cotton absorbs the moisture and does not allow it to pass through the breathable membrane of the wader.

Layering under a breathable wader should always consist of moisture wicking garments that will pull the moisture from your body and move it out through the breathable wader.


swipper 74
01-14-2008, 10:59 PM
Thanks for clarifying Paula.