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Thread: Fixing waders

  1. #11
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    Default Re: Fixing waders

    How ridiculous can this get. You buy a pair of expensive 200 -600 breathable waders and it is a necessity to send them to Diver Dave to re enforce the seams, so as to bring them up to the standard that they should have been in the first place!

    This is ludicrous.

    My solution. Stop buying them. The manufacturers will soon get the message and do their own Diver Dave thing before selling them to the public.


    Douglas

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    If It's seams I contact Diver Dave. He offers a very good service but don't assume your wader problems are solved. They are not, we are dealing with water after all. Dave's work is guaranteed though.

    I agree with Douglas, It's a bit daft sending new waterproof gear to be waterproofed. Any issues early on and I'm taking it up with the seller/manufacturer

    Buy big sizes and be careful and avoid stretching the seams scrambling around and when pulling on and off.

    Redington Crosswater are a fine buy at just over 100. Forget the expensive rip offs, barred wire has no respect for posh waders.

    Finally, stay clear of Bison, utter sh!te and false economy.

    I'm sure I came across a new wader being punted with seamless technology. Could be interesting.

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    . As a foot note if you purchase a pair of new waders send them to Dave and he will seal the seams so that they will not leak, he can also set you up with waders from his own stock.[/QUOTE]

    Diver dave will supply brand new vision ikons seam sealed for a good price I got a pair of the zipped ones 2 months ago and am really pleased with them so far so good

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    Cheers for that guys.

    If i could add a few comments, breathable waders are ideal for some situations, but a disaster in others and for some anglers. They are not ideal if you are sliding down banks on your bum, or fighting through undergrowth to fish. They will puncture and are not the right tool for the job. Rubber waders are ideal for some situations but not ideal for others.

    Same as a beach caster is not good for casting a dry fly and a 3 weight will not throw a 2 oz lead it needs the right tool for the job.

    Rubber waders will cook you on some fishing's unnecessarily, where breathable's will be far better. They will however quickly perish if stored in sunlight and are heavy and sweaty. Once they start perishing give up on them. However some anglers could trash kevlar waders if they tried.

    The oldest breathable i have seen was 22-23 years old and well used, so they can last. However, mine would never last this long, i am too rough with them. If they fit well and are treated properly waders should last a good few years. Some anglers can trash a pair in months.

    A lot of waders i see have manufacturing defects, i also see waders with over 100 pin holes in them.

    I regularly get asked why we seal new waders and take over the warranty. It is normally when an angler has bought a wader and is on replacement no x and just wants them dry or when they have bought a new pair for a special trip and wants to know that they will be dry. Unlike the manufacturers we test every wader. Sadly 10% of all new waders we see, including the most expensive brands leak out the box. Typically at the sock join, sock or crotch seam. We know all the common leak points as we see them all. So we take the new wader, test it, seal it, re test it and then once we know that it is sound we guarantee it. I dont guarantee it will survive a fight with barbed wire or a slide down a bank, but the seams will not leak.

    A quick note on repairing, i am happy to advise, just email me. i dont have time to spend long here / other forums / facebook and dont answer the phone when i am gluing or testing. I always answer emails once i am clear.

    Isopropal alcohol will only work on some makes of waders and never on seams or socks. The trick with a torch will not work on neoprene or small leaks on heavy duty waders including breathables.

    Happy to help where i can

    Dave

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    Many thanks for that advise i'll try a few suggestions then if they dont work i'll be contacting diver dave cheers! Sorry it took so long to reply but been on fishing trip and all I got was a wet leg! TIGHT LINES EVERYONE!

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    Default Re: Fixing waders

    Quote Originally Posted by diverdave View Post
    Cheers for that guys.

    I

    Sadly 10% of all new waders we see, including the most expensive brands leak out the box. Typically at the sock join, sock or crotch seam.


    Happy to help where i can
    Dave






    Dave knows his stuff and is respected by all anglers that have dealt with him. This statement coming from Dave just reinforces what I have thought all along.

    10 per cent of new waders (inc expensive ones) leak out of the box! This is totally incredulous. I will refer to my original post. Anglers should stop buying them. Manufacturers would soon sit up and produce the quality they should have been producing in the first place.


    Douglas

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    My seam sealed vision extreme waders from Diver Dave are still going strong into there 2nd season.Some rivers i fish are jungle warfare brambles & thorn's everywhere.I actually have to fix a small thorn hole i got last month.I always wear knee pads that save my waders from most damage.Knee and wader protectors
    The thorn got me just above the knee pads.Easy fix when i get round to it.Cheers All

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    I went down the plastic wader route a few years ago with a pair of Procast waders.Chestwaders
    They are heavy sweaty & almost indestructible.The problem i had with them was the boots would collapse with water pressure & crush my feet.Also the rubber soles were extremely slippery on the rivers i fish.I spent a whole season falling in & floating down rivers.Very happy with my seam sealed waders now.Being back to felt & stud wading boots i don't slip & fall in very often either.

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