View Full Version : Waders- your favorite?

10-26-2006, 11:13 AM
Hey, just looking for feedback on the best waders to buy.


10-26-2006, 04:18 PM

10-27-2006, 06:03 PM
Simms G3. Stiff price, but good reputation. USA made. I've had a good first season in some tough conditions with the pair I bought.

10-28-2006, 03:23 AM
Sims are sweet probably what Ill get next - I have a pair of Chotas very comfortable but they got barnacled last month when I took some spills and went swiming :o :o

11-28-2006, 09:41 PM
Simms, well worth the xtra $$. If ya need to, save up for them, you won't be sorry. :doh:

11-29-2006, 01:15 PM
Best bang for the buck is Cabelas Gold Medal waders.

11-29-2006, 01:58 PM
Any ones that fit you!!!

I agree 100%

11-29-2006, 02:00 PM
Best bang for the buck is Cabelas Gold Medal waders.

Good deal but no longer made in tall sizes.:smash:

11-29-2006, 05:25 PM
LL bean has always been good to me. If the waders had a leak( user error or not) they would refund/ replace with no questions asked.

11-30-2006, 08:41 AM
LL Bean West Branch waders get my vote - awesome service and waders made in lots of sizes. Im my case I needed the small short. :D

If you have more $ to burn then the Simms Guide weight or their big $$ model are the nutz !!

For ankle control I like the stocking foots over bootfoots. Korkers are a must on rocks and you can use them over bootfoots as well. Typically I use my stockingfoots w/ old Patagonia Beefy boots (felt w/ carbide studs).

12-01-2006, 08:16 AM
I've had nothing but problems with the Cabela's guide plus - never even gotten a month out of them - I probably try to do too much in them and stretch the seams. My patagonia's are holding strong after about 3.5 months (the most I've ever gotten out of waders) and that includes a weed of climbing around on BI and a few nights on Cutty. Plus you can rest assured that patagonia will take care of any issues that arise. I may pick up a pair of simms this winter and rotate the too. I'd go with beans for the warranty but they don't fit me right.

03-31-2007, 04:06 PM
I got Simms pro guide and a pair of Gralite for boulder bouncing .. Last pair of Gralite last me 15yrs heavy use . some lite patching at the end ,, boots wore out too ..

missing link
03-31-2007, 08:38 PM
wally world waders // say that 3 times fast, cheap, had mine 3 yrs no leak there a bit stiff but the work 4 me

04-01-2007, 08:35 PM
1st timer on the board. I'm going down to Sanibel Island FLA in 2 weeks. I' bringing my ST Croix/Shimano Stradic 5000, but i've never fished down there. I fish for Stripers up here in Boston with the tackle that catches them. What should I bring with me for lures. I'll be going from the surf, in the flats and maybe off a kayak. Thanks in advance for any help.

06-10-2007, 07:30 AM
my hodgeman casters do just fine. have had them for two years now and no problems yet. relatively inexpensive as well so i wouldnt feel all that pressed if they were to get ripped.

06-11-2007, 07:00 PM
Snowbee--bootfoot---wicked nice and lite

06-12-2007, 07:44 AM
Massmike- Any place in the US where Snowbees waders can be bought. I did a google search and could only find them in the UK. Ron

Jay Dog
06-15-2007, 12:23 PM
On the Sno-Bees I know Pat Abate has them at Rivers End Tackle in Old Saybrook Ct so there has to be other dealers around.

06-21-2007, 08:42 AM
Snow-bees are my favorite. Light, tough and cut to fit the ample angler.

Simms a close second.

06-21-2007, 11:15 AM
Orvis Silver Labels

06-23-2007, 06:45 AM
Orvis Silver Labels

great wader for the $$. i like the stockingfoots.

06-25-2007, 12:19 AM
I got Simms pro guide and a pair of Gralite for boulder bouncing .. Last pair of Gralite last me 15yrs heavy use . some lite patching at the end ,, boots wore out too ..

Your approach is ideal, I think. Sometimes we expect too much from our waders. Knowing when to put on something like Gra-lites or a wetsuit is the best way to avoid leaks.

cow tamer
06-25-2007, 08:50 AM
My LL Bean west branch waders had minor leaks at the boot seam on my first use. Yes they'll replace them but there out of stock until September. Had this same out of stock problem last year when I tried to initially purchase them and had to wait months for them to restock.

cow tamer
12-25-2007, 03:57 PM
Got a letter from LLBean stating that the entire lot of west branch waders were suspect and offered to return my money or get a lesser replacement type. They do not expect to get direct replacements for the west branch. This is too bad as it had an integral lace-up boot that was lightweight and you didn't have to worry about sand build-up like you do with most stocking foots.

12-25-2007, 03:58 PM
Cheap ones that you can easily get replaced when you send them back.

12-25-2007, 09:56 PM
I have the older Simms guide Gore-Tex. Heavier duty than the newer style. Felt soles, but like them a lot. But after the customer service I got from Simms on a $200 Gore-Tex jacket, I'll never give them another penny of my money. I've spent a lot of money on Simms products over the years, but their customer service is lacking for the price you pay.

12-26-2007, 09:06 AM
a good breathable bootfoot for the beach (orvis silver label) and a more durable stocking foot for climbing around rocks. I prefer a wading boot over bootfoot for the rocks because there is less fatigue on your feet. no ankle turn or your feet getting crushed between rocks. plus most bootfoots don't come with studs on the bottom. cabelas makes a couple of good inexpensive waders and boots.

cow tamer
12-26-2007, 09:25 AM
The thing I like about the LLBEAN west branch breathable waders is that the "boot" is an integral, lightweight wading shoe with "aquastealth" soles that grip rathar well and don't involve felt. I do wear korkers with them, as needed though. I'd like to see someone come out with something similar. Most bootfoots are bulky and heavy and stocking foots don't survive the sand. I fish both rocks and sand.