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Old 07-27-12, 10:44 AM   #1
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Default 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

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Old 07-27-12, 11:35 AM   #2
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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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Old 07-27-12, 11:40 AM   #3
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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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Old 07-27-12, 11:47 AM   #4
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Does that mean that Patagonia is your preferred, but just too expensive?
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Old 07-27-12, 01:07 PM   #5
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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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Old 07-27-12, 01:28 PM   #6
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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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Old 07-27-12, 06:55 PM   #7
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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.

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Old 07-29-12, 11:51 AM   #8
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THEY ALL LEAK!!!
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Old 07-29-12, 04:15 PM   #9
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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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Old 07-29-12, 07:27 PM   #10
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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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