Breathable Waders

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Breathable Waders

Postby mark29860 » Wed Aug 14, 2013 7:08 pm

Hello everyone, looking for comments on breathable waders I am considering a pair of Orvis waders because they have the lace up boot not sure how warm they will be once it turns cold where I hunt in SC it really doesn't get that cold but I will be spending a couple of weeks in Arkansas this Dec. I've got a pair of Cabelas neoprene that's really warm problem is when walking through mud I can't keep my feet in the boots. Thanks for the info
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Re: Breathable Waders

Postby Cupped-n-Committed » Thu Aug 15, 2013 3:18 am

breathables have no warmth qualities at all other than just keeping the water from touching you! Consider them a pair of waterproof jeans that never get wet. The warmth all comes from the layering you use under them. When its warm, you wear pants under them, when cold multiple layers. I love them as they are so much more comfortable and flexible than any other kind of waders.
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Re: Breathable Waders

Postby orphanedcowboy » Thu Aug 15, 2013 3:48 am

I tried a few, and gave 2 pair of the Mack's breathables. My feet never get cold and I have never had slip off my feet either.

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Re: Breathable Waders

Postby huntswithmutts » Thu Aug 15, 2013 11:17 am

I ordered the Orvis waders you are talking about last year and returned them after I tried them on. The boots didn't feel much better than the traditional rubber boots you see on most waders.

Last month I ordered a pair of Cabela's breathable waders and returned those too. I am 6'0 tall and 195 pounds, and those waders were huge. Quality seemed fine but there was just too much material. I was swimming inside those things.

So, last week I bit the bullet and ordered a pair of Simms waders. They were very expensive, but the quality seems great and they are very comfortable when paired with the Simms boots. I don't think I will miss the camo because I usually hunt from blinds. Can't comment on warmth or durability because I haven't used them yet, but I have fleece wader pants which should keep warm till late November.
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Re: Breathable Waders

Postby Nate_C » Fri Aug 16, 2013 9:38 pm

I have used breathable for 6 or so years. Cabelas recently. The best thing is that you control the warmth. Just over long johns and you can hunt in 40-50 degree weather and not sweat and with a heavy pair of fleece pants they keep you as warm as 5mm neo's. Think about it this way, if flyfishman can stand waste deep in a bottom feed river in Colorado in February for 5 hours I think you will be OK in your duck blind in Arkansas.

the only issue is durability. Unfortunately for some reason they don't build them as tuff as they do flyfishing waders. 2-3 year is all you can get out of them with heavy hunting.
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Re: Breathable Waders

Postby m.teeter » Sat Aug 17, 2013 8:41 pm

I would go with cabelas waders any day. No matter which ones you get from them they are all great.
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Re: Breathable Waders

Postby ks_waterfowler » Sat Aug 17, 2013 8:46 pm

All I wear are breathables anymore. Bought LL bean this year since they have a longer inseam. Can't get more than 1/2 a season in cabelas waders since the inseam is so short. Crotch starts leaking to soon.
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Re: Breathable Waders

Postby Indaswamp » Sun Aug 18, 2013 6:20 am

ks_waterfowler wrote:All I wear are breathables anymore. Bought LL bean this year since they have a longer inseam. Can't get more than 1/2 a season in cabelas waders since the inseam is so short. Crotch starts leaking to soon.

I might go that route this season with my first pair of breatheables. L.L. Bean has an outstanding warranty on their stuff.
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Re: Breathable Waders

Postby Duck Diver » Sun Aug 18, 2013 7:33 am

1st pair of waders last year = cabelas. I was 260 and 5'10...so they had a pair that fit was the biggest thing. Inc oct. it was 90 and I was glad to have them. Nov-Jan, coldest temps were 20, most days 30-40F. I was never cold. I just put on thermals, or these drake waterproof fleece line pants under them. I hunted standing in the water most days.
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Re: Breathable Waders

Postby romeocadet08 » Sun Aug 18, 2013 1:01 pm

You cannot go wrong with breathables in the fields ...makes for an easier walk to and from truck

I wouldn't hunt in the trees with em unless I layered up pretty dang good
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Re: Breathable Waders

Postby mackattack » Fri Aug 30, 2013 7:59 pm

Which would yall go with the llbean breathables or the frog togs
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Re: Breathable Waders

Postby Indaswamp » Fri Aug 30, 2013 8:00 pm

mackattack wrote:Which would yall go with the llbean breathables or the frog togs

llbean hands down....
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Re: Breathable Waders

Postby mackattack » Fri Aug 30, 2013 8:09 pm

yeah I was leaning that way they're both 200 bucks and the beans have 1000 gram insulated boots
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Re: Breathable Waders

Postby romeocadet08 » Sat Aug 31, 2013 9:57 am

mackattack wrote:yeah I was leaning that way they're both 200 bucks and the beans have 1000 gram insulated boots


Beans all the way...
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Re: Breathable Waders

Postby mojo coot » Sun Sep 01, 2013 10:44 am

Macks for me love mine
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Re: Breathable Waders

Postby yellowlabhunter » Wed Oct 16, 2013 12:47 am

Hello. I used Cabela's 3mm from 1999-2004 from 04 I went to breathable since I hunt in CA. The breathable are from Macks which almost 10 years ago for under $100. I love these things....more issues with neopreme than breathable. Easy on and off...does not hold water and moisture like neoprene. Does not pickup stickers and harsh burrs. I have not used my neopremes since I used these breathable waders.

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