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Offline steeleywhopper

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Waders
« on: November 30, 2017, 11:42:41 PM »
I'm going to get back into the duck blind this year and I was going to pick up some Waders. I'm wondering if anyone had some insight on good deals right not for some 5mm Neoprene boot foot waders. Looking for something that will stand up to the brush.

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Re: Waders
« Reply #1 on: December 01, 2017, 04:30:39 AM »
I would strongly suggest breathable waders. I wore neoprene forever, switched over this season and will never go back.  :twocents:
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Re: Waders
« Reply #2 on: December 01, 2017, 06:37:43 AM »
I would strongly suggest breathable waders. I wore neoprene forever, switched over this season and will never go back.  :twocents:
:yeah: I got the Rogers breathable and have been impressed. I much prefer to just layer underneath, and have better freedom of movement. They have been surprisingly durable too.
https://www.rogerssportinggoods.com/apparel/mens-clothing-and-footwear/waders/rogers-waders/rogers-toughman-supreme-breathable-waders.html
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Re: Waders
« Reply #3 on: December 01, 2017, 07:04:57 AM »
The problem I have with my 5mm neoprene is the weight. I'd like to have some of the breathable someday.
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Re: Waders
« Reply #4 on: December 01, 2017, 09:14:52 AM »
Breathables aren't meant to be tough in the brush. If you get them and intend to do a lot of hiking, plan on wearing a cheap pair of rain pants over them.

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Re: Waders
« Reply #5 on: December 01, 2017, 09:22:15 AM »
Breathables aren't meant to be tough in the brush. If you get them and intend to do a lot of hiking, plan on wearing a cheap pair of rain pants over them.

Mine have reinforced lower legs and butt. Already withstood a barbed wire fence....
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Re: Waders
« Reply #6 on: December 01, 2017, 09:49:58 AM »
My Simms G4's are better in brush than any neoprene wader. They're thick, tough, and sticker bushes just slide right off of them. They're expensive though.
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Re: Waders
« Reply #7 on: December 01, 2017, 12:56:17 PM »
Cabelas had some on sale recently for right around $100, you may want to check there.  The Bargain Cave in Tulalip usually has several pair as well.

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Re: Waders
« Reply #8 on: December 02, 2017, 10:35:50 AM »
^ Treat your gear how you like, but with how much of a hassle it is to warranty gear mid season, even from outfits like Orvis or Cabelas, I'm a fan of an ounce of caution.
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Re: Waders
« Reply #9 on: December 02, 2017, 11:17:03 AM »
When I was doing a lot of duck hunting in rough conditions (blackberries, brush,sticks, flooded fences) I went through a lot of waders- both neo and breathable.

I finally got a pair of Cabelas Brush Busters and was really happy with them. They don't breath- but that's the tradeoff to standing up to barbwire. I never punctured them.
Edit: I don't see they sell those anymore. Closest comp might be the the USIA.

Anyone tried the USIA waders? https://usia.com/tag/waders/
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Re: Waders
« Reply #10 on: December 02, 2017, 11:30:24 AM »
Don't know if they're still on sale . Cabelas I picked up preblack Friday.  $100.00 off Cabelas 3mm neotough 1000 gram worked well today. First time out. 

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Re: Waders
« Reply #11 on: December 02, 2017, 11:57:36 AM »
I have used the Cabela's breathable ones for years for beaver trapping year round.  I get the waist high model which really comes up to mid chest.  Black berries and sharp sticks occasionally get the better of them, but other than the "brush tuff" waders, this occurs with any kind..  The stick punchers have always been to the lower boot, which would be about the same as any other wader boot.  The lower boot is actually the week ling to longevity too.  The rubber starts to "rot" and just flexing them will create holes. The breathable membrane is relatively easy to repair and 95% of the time only requires seal, not a patch.  The only patches I have needed where the result of fighting with barbed wire.  Loctite makes a flexible fabric adhesive that works great and is available at Walmart.   I get several years of abuse out of them before they need to be replaced. 

Trick for finding pinhole/ small leaks is to use a bright flashlight inside the boot.  Pull the wader material over the lens while you watch the outside and you'll track it down quick.
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Re: Waders
« Reply #12 on: December 02, 2017, 07:30:10 PM »
When I was doing a lot of duck hunting in rough conditions (blackberries, brush,sticks, flooded fences) I went through a lot of waders- both neo and breathable.

I finally got a pair of Cabelas Brush Busters and was really happy with them. They don't breath- but that's the tradeoff to standing up to barbwire. I never punctured them.
Edit: I don't see they sell those anymore. Closest comp might be the the USIA.

Anyone tried the USIA waders? https://usia.com/tag/waders/

I have a drysuit from them and it's been awesome.  I sure wouldn't want to walk very far in something made from the same material.

 

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