New wader recommendations

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    Posted: 15 Sep 2022 at 12:11pm
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Team, I am on the hunt for some new waders to replace my Riverworks ones (stocking foot) which - to be honest - have been a big disappointment even for 'breathable' ones at the lower end of the market. They had to be sent back to Riverworks when they leaked after the first trip to the Tongariro, which wasn't a good start, and years later I've had enough. 

I use my waders for standard winter river fishing in the Taupo area - which for me includes quite a bit of walking, and the usual track-side brush (not blackberry or full on bush bashing). I'm not a guide or a weekly trout fisho, and i have an old pair of Magnums for lake shore wading.   

Any recommendations of waders that you've had good experience with?

Simms and Orvis seem like the pro top end (eye watering top end, these days), and the G3/G4 etc are more than i can justify for my occasional trips these days. I could maybe push to the Simms Guide Classic if my wife's not looking.

I will pair them with my Patagonia 'Tractor' boots which I can't speak highly enough of. Grip rocks like a limpet and aren't as 'heavy' when worn as they feel in the hand.

Thanks.
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Simms G3 all day!
The new model is an improvement over the previous and the previous ones are bomber.
I have both new and older g3 but are still using my original pair had 7+ seasons so far. They are showing wear but no leaks last time out.

You get what you pay for.
Having said that I’m sure you get good service out of the guide model also.

That new online shop (land and sea?) had 15% off recently.
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hi Jac,

Thanks for that. I guess I'd better save up my new king Charles III gold coins!

I couldn't afford Simms when i bought my first breathables, and I probably can't justify a grand now - given how often I make it to the rivers nowadays. But I get that it's false economy to buy another pair that leaks after very little use and then have to put up with it.

Was hoping for a mid range recommendation from one of the Taupo region regulars, but radio silence from the forum so far other than your comment.



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I have a pair of the Simms tributary model and they have been great! I have used them quite heavily for the past two seasons on Hine with all its blackberries and they have stood up well with no issues.
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I’d get Simms to match your budget. I have the G3s now but previously I had a cheap pair of Simms for about 15yrs - there was plenty of ‘Stormsure” patching up holes but I got years of use out of them.
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im using the Patagonia wading pants. very nice fitting and a good option if only wading shallow.
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Hi Mark, how are you finding the Patagonia material/fit compared to other waders you’ve had?
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Originally posted by Legacy Legacy wrote:

Hi Mark, how are you finding the Patagonia material/fit compared to other waders you’ve had?


ive found they fit better than others ive tried. the pants actually fit like real pants...
they dont get a huge amount of use but everthing is still all good after 2 yrs with no sign of any wear r leaks.
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Im with The Tamure Kid on this one - i simply cant justify top of the line waders when im lucky to do 2 river sessions a year now - and i work in the boating / fishing industry. Must admit the new age waders , light breathable material is very much appreciated on that long walk up the Tauranga Taupo! Light years ahead of the dinosaur neopremes
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I believe as with everything fly fishing, there is no one best wader for everyone. Things to consider are where, how often, when you fish and what you can justify spending.
If you are a guide doing 200 days a year on water then hard wearing G4s by Simms might be best suited.
I would probably spend a month of the year in waders. What I most look forward to is wet-wading in warmer months when I get the freedom of walking high-country streams in shorts n long Johns without sweating it out inside a few layers of some hightec material
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Great input from everyone, much appreciated.

I'll check out some of the mid-range Simms ones. Toray v Gore-Tex looks to be part of the equation.

Unfortunately, with the Kiwi $ in the toilet the prices of US-made gear are only going to go up, and they are already eye watering.
The boys on Lateral Line were raving about their fantastic Simms jackets, and that's fine if you get sponsored by Manic. But an $800 raincoat is not in the frame for many...

I agree, Jacs, I sometimes see YouTube stuff with guys wearing breathables in the mountains and i can't understand. I'd pass out! I guess if you're constantly up to your waist in the King Country in November or April, and in shade a lot as you walk on, it's pretty cold. Not like being on an open gravel bed in Jan/Feb.
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I’ve always stuck with Gortex because when searching for holes in my waders I rub meths over the inside of the waders and holes come up as a black dot .
Maybe it works with other breathable materials - I don’t know?
Anyone enlighten me on this.
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I’ve always stuck with Gortex because when searching for holes in my waders I rub meths over the inside of the waders and holes come up as a black dot .

That's a brilliant tip - didn't know that. Thanks for sharing.Thumbs Up
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Originally posted by Jaapie Jaapie wrote:


I’ve always stuck with Gortex because when searching for holes in my
waders I rub meths over the inside of the waders and holes come up as a
black dot .

That's a brilliant tip - didn't know that. Thanks for sharing.Thumbs Up


Mark the holes with a pen before the meths evaporates 👍🏻
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Beats hanging them up, inside out, and filling with water!!
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