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Any suggestions on good waders? The main thing i want to know about is whether to get the 3.5mm or 5mm neoprenes.
 

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Go with the 5mm for warmth, especially necessary later in the season (here in Maine), and get at least 600 grams in the boot!

Or maybe a pair of waist hi's in 3mm neoprene for the early season. These are great. You get another six or eight inches of depth compared to hip boots and you stay dry when seated. Very convenient and easy to walk in.
 

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i prefer hodge men breathable waders, neoprene makes me to hot,and sweat. but their a little more pricie, at sportsmans whearhouse you can get a pair in mosseyoak shadow grass for $120, thats not bad compaired to cabelas or macs.
 

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I use 3.5mm up here in Washington and they are great. I don't see the need for 5mm. Had a pair and sold the. Hodgman Brightons are a great pair of waders and come in the largest variety of camo patterns. I have mine in NatGear.
 
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If you live in the south and/or go with the 3.5mm. The 5mm are to warm for any walking, wading etc.
 

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I have stopped buying neoprene wader products simply because they do not last more than one season. They always seem to leak at the seams. Some of them also "hug" the body too much and have low ass crotches. I currently am wearing a DU endorsed pair of "old school" waders that have lasted two seasons. They are not quite as warm as neoprene but I feel that they will last alot longer and for 75 bux, not bad. I just saw a new style lightweight wader for sale at the local gun store which is thin as hell; they look like they'd be as comfortable as workout pants (windbreakers). Doubt that they would stand up to much abuse, but they would be like wearing nothing at all. I might try them. Has anyone tried these????
 

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a couple of tips -

to extend service from neoprenes you can wear a pair of uninsulated cotton duck bibs or overalls over them - I have gotten at least four years from my current set

for the Old Style - I actually use these late in the season because I can better insulate with clothing layers - can't layer much in neoprenes
 

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I hunt with Cabelas Ultimate Waders-- no complaints so far. Had em for 3 seasons, never been cold. Sometimes I take them up the deer stand with me.
 

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I live in New Mexico, so my opinion is very biased because of my local climate, but stay the hell away from Neoprene! My buddy got a pair, and they ten minutes before they got a hole in them. No joke, later her tore them wide open- and these were 5mm. Granted, we have to brave Mesquite and about half a million other plants with thorns on them. My waders have stood the test of a full season without a hole- they are Redhead's Trapper 1000 waders. These things are bullet proof. $120
Shure neaprene is warm, but so are the layers under my waders, the bonus is, my layers wick sweat away, can't say the same about neaprene.
Why does anybody use that stuff?
 

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LaCrosse Brush-Tuff 1200 5mm. neoprene.
Redhead wader pants. You'll stay warm as toast.
Enuff said.
 

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I do it a little different than you folks.

I did the wader thing for a long time. Every kind.
Neo's don't hold up to abuse.
The origanals have all the dicomfort and walking promblems.

So I have developed a technique that would send most of you home early.

I don't use any thing.

I break ice in my tennies.

Launch from shallow shores in the scull boat.

Sucumb to the little puddle of ice water that gathers itslef in the bottom of the sculler as I'm laying down-wet back.

My wader is a sponge.

After a couple of hours sculling I'm soaked on the back side from my feet to my middle back.

Is it cold?

Hell yes.

But it simply does not matter.

I'm running the oar - and that keeps me warm enough.

With frozen feet and well wishes for you all,
John
 

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I have some Hodgman 3.5 neoprene waders. They have the brush tuff stuff on the outside. I have had them for 3 seasons and have had no complaints or holes. We are hard on our gear and hunt at least twice a day during the weekend. They have held up good for me. I say Neoprene all the way. I would have any other waders tore up after 1 trip.
 

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i hunt 3or4 days a week for the full 101 days and most of them full days igot tired of 3.5 mill neo so went with cab,armer flex 5m 1000 thin ex on warmth and derable to black berry ,light bobwire i know because i sliped of a cat walk and fell in some and more .pluck thornes that did t make it threw and a couple gashes from wire that didt make it all the way threw bat sher wer close if my old ones ide ben done fore . so the waders ex expeshly warmth the'r just not made fore alot of walking crack on ankles 3 years in row 3 dif pairs so if you dont do alot of walkig [excelant] and cabellas has an ex warinty :thumbsup:
 
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