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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Aug 2006
    Canton, Ga

    Default Does anyone make a wader that is as good as Simms?

    Just curious if you all think that anyone makes a wader that will stand up to Simms products in durability and performance? I know Simms aren't the cheapest but quality seldom is. Personally, I've tried Orvis and Cabelas but looking for best in durability and longevity. I realize that objective comparisons are few in waders but just wondering if you thought anyone could beat Simms in quality?

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jun 2011
    Nashville, TN


    For the times when I use waders... Simms has my vote.

    Have had the same pair since 2006 and I am not easy on my gear... Recently they just started leaking and sent them back to MT. For $15 I had brand new anatomical neoprene booties and they fixed all pinhole leaks. If you are considering a pair I would recommend that you spend the little extra for the Gore-Tex models. Other waders may work just as well but I will always spend my money on Simms.

    Tight Lines,

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    SE TN


    JMO, but lots of people make waders as good if not better than Simms. What simms has is a really good warranty and lots of marketing.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    May 2008


    Dawgvet, you should try Chotas. I've had Neoprines, Orvis Silver labels(2 Pr), orvis enduras, Frogg toggs and hands down I like my Chotas. I'm a bigger guy and tried some simms on and they just don't have the room for me. They may be great waders,but my Chotas get me through the winter when you need a few more layers and still have room to move.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Apr 2009
    SE Tennessee


    I have Hodgman that have a seepage in the right boot. Wife's dont leak at all. Haven't found a wader that didn't have a leak in the boot. I like summer- wade in quick drying nylon shorts, neoprene inserts and boots.

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