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    Ok, here goes - Mrs Gypo not around.....

    Have set myself a limit of 300 for a set of stocking foot waders, boots, and some of that kinky looking under garment stuff

    I've read all the posts regarding buy cheap and accept limited lifetime, etc. 300 seems middle of the road to decent to me?

    Greys seem reasonable? Vision are kind of off my preferred list at the moment following recent experience with the Koma - still waiting to see if they can turn me round. Their waders though do have a good rep it seems.

    As always all advice from fellow forum members very much appreciated.

    Regards,
    Stewart.

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    Try Adams outlet on ebay.
    Just got a pair of top end Orvis waders all singing and dancing at less than half the UK price of 350.
    I go through waders like people put on socks.
    They are without question the best i have ever had and have that Orvis customer care thing.
    Who invented barbed wire anyway?

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    I have just bought my second pair of these. The first pair lasted me 6 years without a leak. And that is with fishing 3-4 times a week through the summer on a heavily overgrown river.

    Just noticed Sportfish seem to be running out of the range of different sizes.
    Last edited by traprain; 27-04-2007 at 10:04 PM.

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    My vote goes to Orvis - great products - awesome customer service.

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    US prices are cheap, but it's a pain if you need to send them back for warranty repairs.

    I always buy my waders from my local tackle dealer - he replaces leaky waders without question.

    Vision Extremes have a good reputation, the new ones are 199 with a zip fly!

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    Hi there, having ripped more waders then most people, I now wear a pay of french front duel zip overals until I get on the river bank, easy to put on and take off, as the zips go all the way down the front of the legs, saves ripping the waders, total cost 10 euros, can,t be bad.
    As the waders got my last set from the orvas fishing auction less then a 1/3 of the retail price.

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    Get some Simms classic guide waders. 245 at sportfish right now. They should last you at least 3-4 seasons of normal use. Very good quality. Don't bother spending too much on boots. Anything with felt soles will do. You can upgrade those next season when you don't have to buy a new set of cheap waders
    Last edited by Mike N; 29-04-2007 at 07:14 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike N
    Get some Simms classic guide waders. 245 at sportfish right now. They should last you at least 3-4 seasons of normal use. Very good quality. Don't bother spending too much on boots. Anything with felt soles will do. You can upgrade those next season when you don't have to buy a new set of cheap waders
    A good buy - even better if you shop in the states - I recently got a pair of these for 156, inclusive of shipping & customs charges. An ebay.com search should reveal a few pairs.

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    Orvis Clearwater Enduras get my vote, If you can get them from the states then all well and good you should save a few quid otherewise I think they are about 125 new from Orvis. Excellent customer service, mine started to leak at the seams after 2 years of wearing twice a week at least, so I emailed Orvis on the Monday who relied within the hour and told me to send back the front of the bib with the Orvis Logo, I did as told and recieved a brand new pair in the post on the Thursday! If the next pair last another 2 years I will be very happy.

    Remember when buying waders that brbed wire cannot tell the difference between expensive and cheap waders.

    One point on waders, mine always seem to start leaking at the seams on the inside legs, I think this is from wear from walking to and from the river and up and down the river bank, maybe waders should be reinforced at these points or may I should learn to walk with a wider gape between my legs gunslinger style.

    Cheers

    Mick
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    Quote Originally Posted by MickeyP Coolstreams
    One point on waders, mine always seem to start leaking at the seams on the inside legs, I think this is from wear from walking to and from the river and up and down the river bank, maybe waders should be reinforced at these points or may I should learn to walk with a wider gape between my legs gunslinger style.

    Cheers

    Mick

    This problem is due to the seam tape being far stiffer than the fabric of the wader, fabric folds along the tape and there is a sort of sharp edge that rubs on the other leg when walking. Many waders are made in the same way and this, for me has been the only real point of wear. Worth making sure that whichever waders you get fit well & have the minimum amount of fabric flapping about. By the nature of the product, waders will all fail at some point so I'd buy from the manufacturer with the best customers service reputation.

    I had a pair of Vision flywaters that lasted only two weeks before there were hole in inside of both legs, they were however promptly sorted out by the distributer.

    Cheers

    Ben

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