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Life of Riley  
#1 Posted : Wednesday, September 5, 2018 10:24:07 PM(UTC)
Life of Riley
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I got a pair of simms waders in April, and today I rubbed my thigh against a metal post leaving the river and cut an inch hole in them. After the tears dried, I called simms and am going to send them in for repair. In the meantime I'm looking to pick up a set of waders quick that I can use for the last month of the season. Any suggestions for a pair in the $100-$150 range?
I figure now I'll have a backup, and a pair to lend a buddy if he wants to come with and doesn't have any. Can't wait for a few beers after work to help ease the pain of my bonehead move.
#2 Posted : Wednesday, September 5, 2018 10:41:16 PM(UTC)
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I've had good luck with the Cabela's "breathables". They're less breathable than your Simms but they're much cheaper. For what you pay for them, they work. Want to save more money and don't care about them breathing, their regular waders hold up pretty well.
#3 Posted : Thursday, September 6, 2018 5:30:13 AM(UTC)
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LL Bean fly weight
Lifetime replacement
$100 full retail
Get Reel
thanks 1 user thanked trapper for this useful post.
stan b on 9/6/2018(UTC)
#4 Posted : Thursday, September 6, 2018 2:41:17 PM(UTC)
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LL Bean actually changed their waders this year. Haven't checked out the new ones yet cuz I still have my last warranty replacement unopened in my closet...waiting for the weather to turn cold before I give up on the leaky set I'm currently using LOL
A bad day of fishing is better than a good day of work. ~Author Unknown
Modern Translation, with respect for the Notorious B.I.G. : "Fuck Money, Get Fishes"
#5 Posted : Friday, September 7, 2018 11:43:40 AM(UTC)
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I have a pair of $150 Compass360 waders that I use as a backup to my Simms. I've had them a few years now and find them quite serviceable and tough.
#6 Posted : Friday, September 7, 2018 12:31:03 PM(UTC)
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My primary waders are backup waders.

Have never even considered spending any money on higher priced warders as I routinely destroy mine through carelessness and mishaps.

I just buy the cheapie FroggToggs at FF. They've got light summer ones for around $50 and heavier duck hunting ones for around $100.

They typically last anywhere from a few weeks (if I walk through thorns, for instance) to a season and a half depending on what I put them through.

They work just fine other than user error.

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