Yessir, I posted a review w/questions over on the Ifish forums. Here is a cut/paste
[quote=CAPT KUJO]The 1st rule of "dressing yourself" is COTTON IS FORBIDDEN. I do this for a living. Never wear cotton next to your skin in an environmentaly closed system. Fact is you will sweat, it is your job to scienctically direct moisture in that system. That starts by indentifying fabrics that moisture likes and dislikes. Moisture loves COTTON and hates fleeces. So wear fleece next to your skin and moisure will wick away from you as it will be attracted to the "urethane coating" of your waders. If you wear cotton against your skin, it will soak up sweat and stay there making you moist feeling.
Hope this helps you maximize your dry days in waders
I received my waders a few weeks ago and have managed to hunt 3 whole days in them, but those 3 days were a pretty good representation of the hunting conditions here in Oklahoma.
The first outing was t-shirt weather. 77degrees! No surprises, the waders functioned just like the other "breathables" I've hunted with for the last decade, albeit they're obviously a LOT more durable. The boots gave me some concern ( I bought the upgraded insulated dive boot) when I was wearing them in the house, but they were really good in the field. I think a lot of guys (including myself) jump to the conclusion that a boot that isn't a gigantic mickey mouse style affair wont work on waders. Walking in ankle deep sticky mud wasn't a problem as my foot wasn't trying to pull out of the boot with every step(I credit the ankle strap).
This past weekends outings were on the other end of the temp scale though. Temp's in the low 20's, 15-20mph winds. I've always worn good fleece under my "breathables" so my legs stayed plenty warm even when my waders were icing over, however my feet got a bit cold. I was wearing my normal Patagonia heavyweight merino wool blend socks. If I kept moving I was fine, but sitting still would result in cold toes and soles. I was thinking it was a result of standing on and crushing down the insulation properties of my socks, and the relatively thin sole in the boots.
Now for the questions:
The boots were extremely comfortable and I didn't have any real issues with the tread, but I'm concerned with the durability, Maybe Kim could expound on how they're built?
The area I hunt is very thick with Honey Locus trees, in fact I spent all weekend with my gun leaning against one. There are down branches everywhere you looked, and thought of stepping on one of the thorns is ever present!
Does the sole of the boot contain any sort of lining, aka kevlar or the like that would protect against puncture?
Question about socks.
What do you recommend to be worn under your waders/drysuits?
Pic of a Honey Locus tree if you're not familiar
and a few pics of the waders for the thread.
Coyote brown with ATACS camo