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Which mid level waders?

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I'm new to the whole fly fishing thing but am enjoying it so far! I'm looking for some waders as I have none. What are some good mid level waders and boots out there? I'm looking to be in the $200 range for both but am open to options. I'm 6'1" and 170lbs. I'd like something with some chest pockets on it as well. What is everyone using?

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I think if that were my spending range, I would go $250 on the orvis silver label convertables. But if you're set at $200 id go llbean cant remember the name but reall sharp, I think ryfiguy owns a pair.

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Dear jhedge,

You won't need waders anytime soon. Just buy boots for now and wet wade.

Visit Orvis and LL Bean and sign up for their coupon deals. Eventually you'll get a coupon that will let you get waders to wear with your boots in time for the Fall and be around $ 200.00 for everything.

That's what I'd do anyway. I bought LL Bean waders last year with a 20% off coupon for $ 159.00 shipped to my door. I don't think they make that same model anymore but they do have a $ 200.00 set of waders that will be offered with a coupon deal.

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Tim Murphy

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Re: Which mid level waders?

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Thanks that does sound like a good idea just starting with the boots. While we're at it anybody have not recommendations? Is imagine I'll have to buy these in person as sizing is probably hard. I live close to an ll bean. Maybe I'll swing by.

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after a bunch of great reviews by frinds on korkers, i went with the kgb's because of the regualr laces and interchangeable soles. and yeah all i can say is i'm very very very happy with them, comfortable, light, and the sole system is easy and simple.

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FWIW, I was suckered into buying the very pricey Bean River Treads last year because the saleswoman told me her husband says they're "more comfortable than his real shoes." She was correct.

With a lifetime satisfaction garuntee, I plan to get 5 to 6 years out of the investment before I feel the boot has lived to a reasonable lifetime of service. FWIW, due to bad stiching, I did have the first pair replaced.

I walked in, presented my case, and walked out 15 minutes later with new boots.

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Thanks for all the recommendations I'll check them all out!

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ll bean. that is the answer.

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Bean.

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You have a lot of options in the $200 range, if that includes waders but not boots. If $200 is combined, it's a little tougher but not impossible.

For the waders, I had 3 pairs of the Orvis Silver Labels. Each lasted 2+ years to first leak, and about 3 years before the flood became too much. To be clear, I am tough on waders with the type of fishing I do, and based on waders I'd had before these, I do not consider this to be a bad lifetime for breathable waders. I loved how easily they converted to waste highs, were comfortable, pockets in all the right places, etc.

I now have the Bean Rapid Rivers. Bout a year, no leaks yet. There is a seam separating on the gravel guard. Where it's at, is not a leak, but it could spread to become a real bad leak. I like the articulated knees. Comfortable enough.

Before Orvis, I had a few pairs of Hodgeman WadeLites. Liked them too, and priced at about $100. They lasted about exactly a year, material just became non-waterproof over time.

Cabelas stuff is hit and miss. Some of it is really nice, other stuff is cheap.

Keep in mind cheap is ok, it's plenty comfortable and does it's job, it just doesn't last quite as long. Same for boots. For instance, the Cabela's ultralights you can get for $50-$70. They have good grip, support, and are among the most comfortable wading boots I've ever worn. But, as would be expected, they don't last very long. For me, the sides blow out in little over a year. Better boots last 3 times as long. But are 3 times the price. That doesn't make them a better buy, just depends what you're looking for. If buying cheap and replacing often is ok, then the cheap route is very viable for both waders and boots.

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Yeah thats kind of what I've come to the conclusion of as well. The cheaper they are the less time they last however they all have a limited life expectancy. I'm looking at a set of waders and boots from cabelas for $200 total. Its in my price point and have heard they are good about replacing malfunctioning items even a few years later with no issues. I think I'll start there and maybe in a year or two have a little more money to spend on a nicer set. I live close to llbean and cabelas so I'll check them both out. Thanks again for all the help!

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jhedge wrote:
Yeah thats kind of what I've come to the conclusion of as well. The cheaper they are the less time they last however they all have a limited life expectancy. I'm looking at a set of waders and boots from cabelas for $200 total. Its in my price point and have heard they are good about replacing malfunctioning items even a few years later with no issues. I think I'll start there and maybe in a year or two have a little more money to spend on a nicer set. I live close to llbean and cabelas so I'll check them both out. Thanks again for all the help!


Cabelas customer service has gone through a pretty strong transformation in the last couple years and unfortunately it's for the worse. It seems that most people in this thread are highly advising LL Bean due to their lifetime unconditional warranty. As Gfen pointed out, it really is that easy to walk in and then walk out with a replacement product should you have an issue.

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You are correct the majority has said ll bean. I guess that'll be my first stop then. Is it really that easy to walk in and out? Do they have a limit on how old the item is out anything like that?

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