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  • Waders: Orvis vs. Simms vs. Patagonia?

    So I'm also shopping for waders. Any strong opinions - for or against - these brands?

    1. Orvis
    2. Patagonia
    3. Simms

    Thanks!

    BlueAssassin
    Brad

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    Simms if you're paying retail.

    Patagonia if you find it on clearance.

    Orvis if you're looking for a budget option.

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    • #3
      A lot of us comp guys are using the new Reddington Sonic Pros and love them. They are very well built with a lot of great features. Don't have the zipper front ones, but I hear they are very good too.
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      • #4
        Does that mean that Patagonia is your preferred, but just too expensive?
        Brad

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        • #5
          I think a lot of folks will tell you Simms is the top dog for the money. Only reason I see to buy Patagonia over Simms is if you find Patagonia on clearance and save a couple hundred bucks.

          Patagonia is undoubtedly well made but is pricey and suffers from being a fashion statement.

          I've never met a professional guide who wore anything other than Simms.

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          • #6
            I bought my patagonias on clearance 6 years ago and am still using them with no problems. I regularly fish the hootch and n. ga. streams. They are expensive, but if you can find them on clearance, they are well worth it. Otherwise, I agree with what the others have said.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by BlueAssassin View Post
              So I'm also shopping for waders. Any strong opinions - for or against - these brands?

              1. Orvis
              2. Patagonia
              3. Simms

              Thanks!

              BlueAssassin
              Please do not make the mistake of buying Orvis waders. Orvis is an 85% company. 85% of the time, they get things right. But there is that 15% that just keeps us guessing. But do you really want to buy your waders from a place that sells dog beds and women's clothing?... I mean, if you do any cold weather fishing, the last thing you want/need are waders that you can't depend on.

              Saying that, You will not have to buy the most expensive pair of Simms to have a pair of waders that are dependable. If you want a pair under 300, get the freestone stocking foots. They have double re-inforced knees (important for kneeling in streams when you're posing for that photo) and are an all around great wader. However, my recommendation is to purchase the G3 guide stocking foot waders. I have had these things for years. I slide down banks on my you know what, climb over logs, fish from my knees when I have to, and I have never had an issue. At $449.00, they can be a bit pricey. But as the old adage goes, you get what you pay for. These waders, for the price, will be the best thing you can get.

              As far as Patagonia goes: They make great products. They make great looking products. They charge an insane amount for their products. Just check out the prices on their organic t-shirts, and you'll see what I mean.

              Saying this, their products are made very well and will last a long time. I'm partial to Simms, however, and so are most all serious guides that I have met.

              I hope this slightly sarcastic/heart felt effort has been helpful. Please let me know if you have any other questions concerning gear. I put my gear through a lot, and I have always been extremely impressed with Simms gear.

              Langdon Attaway
              Matthew 4:19 - Come, follow me," Jesus said, "and I will make you fishers of men." (20) At once they left their nets and followed him.

              There is even greater fishing than fly-fishing... And an even greater reward!

              Romans 10:9-10
              That if you confess with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord," and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved.

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              • #8
                THEY ALL LEAK!!!
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                • #9
                  Well it's like this, Orvis was quite kind to send me a new pair of brand new waders 3 times when a pair of there's starting leaking. But after switching over to Simms about about 4 years ago, I can't say the same for them. But that could be because that pair hasn't sprung a leak yet!! And my credit is just too bad to obtain a loan for a pair of Patagonia waders.

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                  • #10
                    The Redington (Sage/Rio) warranty guys asked me if the hole in the knee of my waders was a factory defect, or if it was my fault. I told them it was my fault. They replaced them anyway. Upgrade!

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                    • #11
                      Upon further examination, the Simms G3 Guide Waders and the Patagonia Rio Gallegos waders are evenly priced MSRP. The Patagonia waders look slick, which is expected from Patagonia, but I think they would be a safe bet as well. Check local fly shops and see what prices are on waders. You may be able to get either of these at a good price.

                      If you're not wanting to spend 450, I would stick with Simms otherwise. I looked at Patagonia's Rio Azul waders (240$) and they look like a glorified lightweight rain jacket with neoprene booties...
                      Last edited by Troutbum120189; 07-29-12, 11:30 PM.
                      Matthew 4:19 - Come, follow me," Jesus said, "and I will make you fishers of men." (20) At once they left their nets and followed him.

                      There is even greater fishing than fly-fishing... And an even greater reward!

                      Romans 10:9-10
                      That if you confess with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord," and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved.

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                      • #12
                        I have also heard bad things about the orvis waders. I think the patagonia and simms are priced relatively the same though. YOu can get patagonia's for 1/2 during their two annual sales. they have a real nice wool insulation in the booties.

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                        • #13
                          Thanks for the advice everyone! I'll let you know what Dad and I decide on.
                          Brad

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                          • #14
                            If could save up the bucks I would go Simms.

                            Next would be The Redington Sonics, just cause I have so many good things about them.

                            I had a pair of Patagonia Guide waders and they leaked after a year and I was not pleased with the customer service.

                            Last 3 years I have had a pair of Orvis Pro Guides. 3 yrs and they have been replaced twice with a new pair cause of crotch seam leaks. I stay with Orvis cause of the customer service I get from Shannon and the folks at Orvis. In the past I take in leaky waders to the store and walk out with new pair. This last time I had to pay $25-30 and they were sent off, but in a couple weeks I received a new pair in the mail. Fortunately I had a older pair of Hodgeman waders that had some slow seam leaks that was was able to use while the Orvis waders were out for repair. If that is Orvis's new replacement / repair policy I will be rethinking my next wader purchase.

                            The other thing to keep in mind, is the Orvis Sonic weld seam waders. Another that has gotten very good reviews. Shannon at Buckhead Orvis indicated that he has abused his to death and they are still holding up strong. Shannon is a salesman but not a used car salesman and I trust his advice. He also indicated that the next generation of the Pro Guides with Sonic Welds are in the testing phase.

                            Just my .02c
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                            • #15
                              Simms...


                              $...return policy...customer service...reputation

                              (based entirely upon my own personal experience)


                              Tight Lines!

                              Jimmy

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