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    what I done

    So, I got suckered by one of those Orvis fliers that they send out to every chump who has ever bought some overpriced fluorocarbon from them, and one day later, some of Orvis's low end breathable waders and boots are on their way to my house. I don't even know what happened. It was like a date with Bill Cosby. Now I have new waders I didn't know I needed. (too soon?)

    Well, I did need this shit. My waders leak in multiple spots and my boots have been shedding their soles into the east branch for well over a year now. But anybody have any experience w/ this stuff? To the extent that any logic whatsoever was applied on my part, I figured I was getting slightly better than Cabela's workmanship for Cabela's pricing. That's about all I can say for myself.

    (and don't tell me to buy G3s instead. fishing's not a status thing for me - I'd wade in jeans and sneakers if I could. Just want to know if Orvis's low end stuff is junk.)


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    Re: what I done

    Quote Originally Posted by mudbug201 View Post
    So, I got suckered by one of those Orvis fliers that they send out to every chump who has ever bought some overpriced fluorocarbon from them, and one day later, some of Orvis's low end breathable waders and boots are on their way to my house. I don't even know what happened. It was like a date with Bill Cosby. Now I have new waders I didn't know I needed. (too soon?)

    Well, I did need this shit. My waders leak in multiple spots and my boots have been shedding their soles into the east branch for well over a year now. But anybody have any experience w/ this stuff? To the extent that any logic whatsoever was applied on my part, I figured I was getting slightly better than Cabela's workmanship for Cabela's pricing. That's about all I can say for myself.

    (and don't tell me to buy G3s instead. fishing's not a status thing for me - I'd wade in jeans and sneakers if I could. Just want to know if Orvis's low end stuff is junk.)
    A few years ago, I bought the mid range Orvis waders, for about 180, and they were leaking within a week or two. At the time, I was fishing small streams and did bushwhack through some brush...

    I also have owned a pair of low end Orvis boots. This was years ago, and they had absolutely no ankle support.

    The best I have found on the market are the Orvis sonic waders. They are not cheap. 280 maybe?

    But I cant remember the price because I have had them for so long.

    As to boots, I have had the same problem as you with disintegrating soles. Lots of companies have solved that problem with replaceable soles that you insert in to the boot.

    Korkers were the first to do this, I think, and I have been fishing with my Korkers for 3 seasons. They may be rotting, but on top and I really dont care what my boots look like under water, or above water either....


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    Re: what I done

    Quote Originally Posted by mudbug201 View Post
    So, I got suckered by one of those Orvis fliers that they send out to every chump who has ever bought some overpriced fluorocarbon from them, and one day later, some of Orvis's low end breathable waders and boots are on their way to my house. I don't even know what happened. It was like a date with Bill Cosby. Now I have new waders I didn't know I needed. (too soon?)

    Well, I did need this shit. My waders leak in multiple spots and my boots have been shedding their soles into the east branch for well over a year now. But anybody have any experience w/ this stuff? To the extent that any logic whatsoever was applied on my part, I figured I was getting slightly better than Cabela's workmanship for Cabela's pricing. That's about all I can say for myself.

    (and don't tell me to buy G3s instead. fishing's not a status thing for me - I'd wade in jeans and sneakers if I could. Just want to know if Orvis's low end stuff is junk.)
    For a 100 bucks i would have low expectations. You can alway buy simms headwaters waders on sale. They won't break the Bank and the warranty is pretty solid.

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    Re: what I done

    simms for quality. status is just a bonus


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    Re: what I done

    I laugh at people that SHUN simms or patty because its too "yuppie." Perhaps that is, but when you buy a new set of waders each year and a new wading jacket every 2 and Im still on my same pair...I just laugh...

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    Re: what I done

    I bought a pair of Cabelas waders and boots 5 years ago while I was in college and I'm still using them. One or two holes from thorn bushes that were easily repaired but they are as dry as the day I got them. If you take care of your gear, you'll be fine. Whenever I do by new waders I'll probably go with Simms but thats only because WBDluver has convinced me I'll catch more fish if I look good.


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    Re: what I done

    I had Orvis silver label waders...they lasted three seasons of fishing almost once a week.....I found them to be worth what I paid, but I just bought some SIMMS made in China, and the are much more comfortable, they fit better......as for durability, this is my first season in them, so we will see....good luck.

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    Re: what I done

    when i fish, i look really good. i'm like a freaking model out there.

    gucci diamonds, gucci watch, gucci belt, gucci rings, gucci hat, gucci pants, gucci shirt, and a gucci, uummmmmm and a big house in queens.

    for real though, i have two pairs of cheap cabelas waders. one pair is relatively new and doesn't leak, the other has 3 seasons of wear and does leak. the reason i DON'T want expensive waders is 'cause i would get too stressed out every time i'm bushwacking and find myself in a stand of thorns, or have my fly come flying off some rock snag straight into leg.

    i'm gucci,

    and you guys are all polo.

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    Re: what I done

    I've had orvis waders and if you do a lot of bush wacking then they'll probably end up developing leaks down the line. Mine were puncture leaks, the material just isn't thick enough in my opinion.

    Althouh, the sonic seam waders do look more durable then previous waders they've put out.

    I've had my Simms freestone waders for a while now and they're just starting to peel at the stocking. I've pushed through some thick pricker bushes and so far no major leaks, beside a few from my own errors of havingy pistol holster rub throug.

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    Re: what I done

    Quote Originally Posted by Simms View Post
    when you buy a new set of waders each year and a new wading jacket every 2 and Im still on my same pair...I just laugh...
    That's the thing though. My shitty cabelas waders were like $120 and they lasted me 7 years. So maybe a $500 pair would last me 35 years. By that time I'll be more worried about the leaks inside the waders, ya heard? I'll need the Beetle fishing diaper. Just not convinced it makes such a huge difference.

    I know, i know, look good fish good:

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    plus what moosekid said. I hate using expensive gear because I worry about it getting f*ed up. I am fully capable of backing over my fly rod at Long Eddy at 11pm. It's not whether it will happen. It's when. I will pass out and light my waders on fire. Again, only a matter of time. My last hiking boots went out like that.

    On top of that, it's not the waders you wear, it's how you wear them. Case in point is this gentleman. I featured his work before in one of my posts but never got the reaction I was looking for:

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    Still, rethinking the cheap Orvis shit... at least if you wear cabela's you look like you don't care. Wearing bottom of the line Orvis says you're both snobby and cheap. No win situation. It's fine to care about how you look.

    But you don't want to care too much:

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    Re: what I done

    Everybodies low, low end stuff is Chinese made junk. I resisted for years buying a decent pair of waders for the same reason as you, but last year at the Sommorset show i found a pair of G3's in my exact size for basically half-off (keep an eye out this year). They've been pretty much bullet-proof. Yea, Simms may be perceived as the hipster gear of the fishing world, but who is looking at you anyways standing in the middle of the river? Better than freezing your balls off with leaky waders.

    Roll up the windows Brian, you're letting the stank out.

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    Re: what I done

    It hasn't helped him believe me

    Quote Originally Posted by emoussa View Post
    I bought a pair of Cabelas waders and boots 5 years ago while I was in college and I'm still using them. One or two holes from thorn bushes that were easily repaired but they are as dry as the day I got them. If you take care of your gear, you'll be fine. Whenever I do by new waders I'll probably go with Simms but thats only because WBDluver has convinced me I'll catch more fish if I look good.


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