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Bought some new breathable waders in November with the neoprene sock and some river boots. After wearing them about 10 times, they are already starting to leak on both feet at the bottom of the neoprene sock. I'm going to take them back, but I was wondering if any of you have had problems like this before? I'm scared to get the same waders again (there were only about $179), maybe I should invest in the higher priced ones?
 

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I bought a pair of Simms in April and the right heel has a slight leak will be sending them in this week as I got another pair to wear until they come back ;D or they will be my g/f's waders LOL pretty annoying for 250$ waders. send them in hopefully it only takes a week or two to get them back so that you can get back fishing ;D thats why i got another set cause i NEVER stop fishing LOL :thumbup:

I think the problem is that sometimes you just get a pair that arent "perfect" and then sometimes you will buy really cheap ones and never have a problem. Go figure :-\


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Not to insult your intelligence or anything like that, but what are standing on to get dressed? I know from firsthand experience that sometimes you can be in a rush and slip/step off the mat or pad onto the ground and sometimes that will just enough to create a pinhole leak. But if you're dressing up at home before you go out, this probably doesn't apply.
 

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I get dressed at home inside my house on my hardwood floors sitting on my couch ;D I used to do it at the river but found this is just way easier not to mention warmer. and the leak is more up the back of my heel but it settles at my heel so Im figuring its the seam where the neo hits the breathable material.
 

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My leaks all seem to be concentrated at the seam along the bottom of the sock. Once I get my new ones, I will make more of an effort to get changed at home, or maybe even wear some big wool socks over the booties. I guess this is a good time to turn the waders in, between salmon and steelhead season!
 

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Maybe you should get waders like the one the girl in your avatar is wearing! :happy:

When you get your next pair, check to see if the company you're buying from offers different sizes in feet (8-10 versus 9-12 for example) to get a better fit on the sock. Too much material will wear the neoprene and cause premature leaks. The sock over the neoprene booty helps to reduce that friction and wear.
 

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Tried to find a picture of mine to illustrate a point, but could not find a good image.

If you are buying these for the sole purpose of walking and wading rivers, spend a few extra bucks, save yourself some grief, and buy some waders with a boot foot already attached. I have done this in the past before with my Neoprenes, but am super impressed with the comfort, feel, look, and durability of my Simms Lightweights (breathables) with the boot foot.

No putting them on at home, no worry about getting leaks in the foot, no worry about gravel getting inside the boot and wearing, no worry about the stoking foot rotting and wearing out, easy to get them on and off, no laces to tie, rubber material does not absorb water, so they remain light, the list goes on.

Just a thought to consider,

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DanT, do you find the bootfoot as flexible compared to stocking+boots? I always felt you didn't have the same range of motion as separates?
 

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The first pair of breathables I got was a pair of Orvis bootfoots. I loved those waders, the fabric never gave me any grief, but one of the boots got punctured by a snag and try as I could, I never could repair it. I never found any problem with range of motion, but the support was nothing like I get out of my Simms Freestones. The boots on the Orvis waders, by the way, were a lace up type, and even then I couldn't get very good support around the ankles with them.
 

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ya the people at the fly shop told me the same thing about bootfoot waders. not very good ankle support and ALOT of them cant be tied up which makes it even worse. I know for myself if i didnt have the support i would have busted my ankle(s) more than once. still have managed to sprain them though btu not badly ;D put it this way when your walking on slippery rocks would you rather have support or have your ankle out for punishment so to speak?


just ask CK about bailing at the river, Im pretty sure he said thats how he broke his finger.
 
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