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$500 waders-well $499.95 anyway

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Would you have the nerve to buy them ?
Wear Them?
Made and tested in my old town ,Boozeman Mt.

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No I wouldn't, unless they were free, or at least a steep discount. However, it reminds me of a story.

When I was working at Hille's, there was a sale's man, by the name of Ted. I watched him once debate with a guy who thought that spending $500 on a rod was too much and his wife would kill him. Ted told him that it wasn't $500, it was $499 and the guy was like, "Okay, I'll take it." Then he bought a reel, line, backing, leader, and some flies. His bill was close to $800.

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Wouldn't buy. Would wear.

If you do end up spending a lot of money on something, I believe in using it, not babying it. What good is a $500 pair of waders your afraid to use? Same goes with a rod or anything....

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I would consider it if it had a lifetime warranty and insurance policy that came along with it.

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Not even if they told me they would replace them forever, its too much to go out all at once around here. Unless I could find away to make them a tax deduction of course...or they came with a super model inside or something.

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No I wouldn't buy them but would accept as a gift.

I am thinking of buying new breatheables for $225......It's been over a month now that I have been thinking about it. $225 seems like a lot to me still!!

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I did buy some, do wear them and don't baby them. I fish 12 months a year, I float stock 3 local streams and I do a stream cleanup. I have been to Montana, Idaho and Wyoming 3 times for a total of 40 days of fishing. I use them all the time. I used to buy cheaper waders, but was tearing them up every year. I would end up buying a new pair basically every year. I figured I would try buying an expensive pair (a pair of Simms). It worked out well. I have had them for 4 years and they are still going. I had a little leak finally and sent them back to Simms. They took care of them for a small fee and they are as good as new. So for me, it was worth it. If you only fish here and there, no need for expensive waders.

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absolutely no way in hell -- waders dont catch fish -- if you take care of waders and are smart with them, they can last 3-5 years (neoprenes) -- I would never drop that kind of money on something for fishing that aid in directly catching fish

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You're obviously looking at the Simms G4 Pro. It looks like they have too much going on in the upper half. I bought the G3's a few years ago for $425, now going for $400. I would not buy them again.

They're very nice, but not much better to me than lower priced waders. I had water seeping in around the knees in just a few weeks, just like every other Gore-Tex Breatheable I've owned. In fact, I believe all these waders should legally have to be called "Leakables".

But anyway, if I bought a new pair of waders tomorrow it would be the new Orvis Pro Guide 3 for $350. They look really nice for a mid-priced wader.

Posted on: 2009/3/11 18:11


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Got a pair of G3's. Mainly I bought them because the waders fit me very well- xxlshort. The problem is the bootie size is usually too big with them but the Simms ones were just right.

If someone can direct me to a XXLshort with bootie size 10- I'll will be glad to check them out. I have some pin holes in them but that's my fault for bushwacking. Went crazy one day and seem sealed the entire pair of waders and never had a leak- again I beat the crap out of them and have worn them 300 days and there still going fine.

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I have the same problem as Paul (Acristic), many of the cheaper brands don't have the sizes to fit me (short sizes). Simms (and Orvis) waders fit better, but cost more.

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Funny.

The feet on the simms I just got are a tad too small for my liking, but it's manageable and the price was right.

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You get what you pay for...only you can decide if it is worth it

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I bought the Simms G3 waders last year for $399 with the GORE-TEX Pro Shell fabric. I was going to buy a cheaper version, but the large I needed wasn't designed for a size 12 foot in most lower priced options (usually stopped at 11). I had trouble deciding between the Simms G3 and the Orvis Pro Guide 3. For most brands I would have needed to go to an X-Large for a size 12 foot.

Anyway, I am happy with the Simms. The more expensive waders are not only made better but also have a better fit for some people. If the cheaper models fit you fine then maybe it doesn't make sense.

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I have the same problem as Acristik and Afish, Orvis or Simms make boots that fit. LL Bean is another to look at too. I had a pair of Bean Westbranch that fit well, but one thing I hated was the neoprene shoulder harness/strap. That thing was very hot when hiking and I hated it. Luckily a friend gave me a set of suspenders from an old set that worked perfect. They broke down and leaked evenually--sealed them up 2 times befor giving up on them. I got serious leakage in the foot and I couldn't find the leak.

Picked up a set of the Orivs Pro Guides and love them. They are comfortable, fit well and are heavily covered in the areas I need them to be. Wasn't sure I'd like the softshell like material on the back, but man are they comfortable.

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i bought a pair of $450 dollar waders and love every minute of them. cant say i paid retail but they are new. Cant say i would change anything on my Cloudveil 8x. i treat them like a step child as well, if something is expensive that should mean its durability is up a notch too.

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