LL Bean waders ?

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LL Bean waders ?

Postby chrispbrown27 » Fri Oct 14, 2005 6:16 pm

I know someone on here had said they own some LL Bean waders and I was just wondering about them. How many grams of thinsulate is in the boots? Any problems or issues with them?
I'm also looking at the Columbia backwater neoprenes. Any experiences with them? I've heard they have an excellent customer service record, so that makes me lean towards them.
Any other suggestions in the $120 class range?
By the way, I was told today that Hodgman was bought out by Stearns so you might be able to pick up some Hodgmans at a good price here pretty soon.
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Postby hoover » Sun Oct 16, 2005 1:00 pm

atozauction has an online store and on ebay. atozauction is the ebay seller ID but the store has experienced waders. i think they are prototype or prostaff used waders. i picked up a pair of BoneDry 1000 gram thinsalate neoprene waders for somewhere near $80. they are used but very nice.
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Postby diverduck » Tue Oct 18, 2005 1:41 pm

I have a pair of LL Bean that I have had for 6 yrs now with no problems. No tears or leaks. They are the best that I have ever owned.
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Postby 2yd » Tue Dec 20, 2005 9:48 pm

I'll second diverduck opinion. Best wader and only neoprene wader I've ever owned. (8-10 years now I think) I'm sure the design has changed some over the years but I seem to recall the boots have 200 grams but you can call LLBean and ask for a product specialist who can confirm. The other reason I bought Bean is their lifetime guarantee-at least that's what I understand from others who have used them. But since the products are built so well it will be sometime longer before I have to try and exercise that option.
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Postby marcbme » Tue Dec 20, 2005 10:13 pm

I'll third that opinon
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Postby chrispbrown27 » Wed Dec 21, 2005 2:40 pm

I decided on the LL Bean 5mm waders. I am not impressed. After only 3 hunts the stitching in the crotch and on one of the velcro shoulder straps fell apart. They are warm and I love the full coverage they afford, but with a big company like LL Bean I would assume they would offer better quality products. I did call them and they told me to send them back but with the season just beginning I wasn't about to send them in and wait 2-3 weeks for them to send me a new pair. They also offered to let me buy a new pair and then send in the old pair and they would refund my money once they recieved the old pair. Why buy them after I've already bought one pair? I've decided to keep them through this season and then send them back and get a refund. It may have been a bad pair, but I'm not willing to take a chance again.
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