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Old 05-07-2014, 06:39 PM
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Is there anyone out there who knows of a certain way to mend leaky breathable waders or should I just bin them and get another pair although they are only on there second season?
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A bit more detail required, ie, how leaky, where, size of leaks, rips, tears, and how old are they anyway, you might be due a new pair anyhow.

To find pinholes spray the suspect area inside with isopropyl alcohol, the holes will appear as small dark spots on the outside, then apply aquasure to seal. Alternatively if you don't want to do it yourself and you really think their worth salvaging you could contact diverdave on here.

To be honest, if you just do a search on the subject on here the topic has been done to death.

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With some of the cr@p on the market these days you've been lucky to get two seasons out of them. The last four pairs I've had I've had a couple of outings out of three pairs and half a season out of the fourth - I'm now on my fifth pair.
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Send them to Diver Dave they will not leak after he has repaired them. Just google Diver Dave and have a look at his website. He has sorted my waders and quite a few of the mates also and we have no complaints.
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I've now given up on breathable waders. They are o.k. if you are not doing a lot of walking in them. ie Car to Water 50yds. If you do a lot of walking, climbing over walls, fences, sliding down steep bankings, fighting your way through jungle type vegetation.

THEN THEY WILL BEGIN TO LEAK AFTER 20 - 50 OUTINGS. At first a slight damp patch, then progress to the big soaking.

I have owned 5 pairs of breathable. Now I stick to Ocean bootfoot waders. Hot and sticky at times, but this is a price I'm prepared to pay to have a reliable wader that does what it should do ie - Not leak!

It's high time that wader manufactures upped there quality. They are quick enough to up their prices.

Wading boots - Don't get me started.


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Is there anyone out there who knows of a certain way to mend leaky breathable waders or should I just bin them and get another pair although they are only on there second season?
Put an airline inside tie them off and inflate them spray them with soapy water and watch for bubbles mark where the bubbles are and apply stormsure in the inside working it in well with your finger a wee tip use latex gloves when applying the stormsure saves scrubbing your fingers
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Another way to find leaks.
Hang the waders up in a very dark shed or garage, and put a lamp or torch up inside, you will see where the leaks are.
Then use Aquasure.
As others have said the other option is to send them to Diver Dave.

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Is there anyone out there who knows of a certain way to mend leaky breathable waders or should I just bin them and get another pair although they are only on there second season?
diver dave will sort you out ,contact him through the link

https://sites.google.com/site/wadersrepairs/

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if your going to use aquasure etc thin it down with cotol240 or similar to let the waterproofing sealant soak in, and do a few coats on top of each other i usuall jusrt expand the next coat over the edge of the previous one ,and make sure your waders are bone dry when you repair them
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I've now given up on breathable waders. They are o.k. if you are not doing a lot of walking in them. ie Car to Water 50yds. If you do a lot of walking, climbing over walls, fences, sliding down steep bankings, fighting your way through jungle type vegetation.
Lots of walking - that's the main reason I wear breathables. The trick is to avoid or minimise doing the the other things you mention. Next time out in a foliage heavy environment I'm going to try a pair of over trousers on them, I have some hogs of fife trousers that I reckon will do the job.

As for already leaking waders, if its just pin holes, you can improve things 10 fold by wearing a thin pair of waterproof breathable trousers underneath. Go Outdoors do them for about 8. There's no noticeable difference in comfort, and the waterproof nature will stop your main trousers wicking in moisture through the pinholes.
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HI,
Regards my last post regards Diver Dave, the waders that I had repaired by him are approx 5yrs old Vision Ikons. They only started to leak mid season last year, and are still going strong just returned from a weeks bank fishing on Islay "bone dry". With regards Aquasure repairs this is ok for emergency repairs at the waterside I carry a tube myself in case of any mishaps. When fishing I try to be careful when crossing fences, walls etc as we all know that waders are not "bomb proof", even the high end market waders leak. After every outing I turn my waders inside out and dry the perspiration off, sweat destroys neoprene very quickly, once dry I then turn them the correct way round and give them a good wash down with clean water and brush off any mud paying particular attention to the neoprene foot/gravel guard area. I also look after my wading boots in the same way (apart from turning them inside out) A good wash down with clean water to get rid of any sand/grit from inside the boot "another killer of neoprene" and dry them off before storing. 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.
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