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My neoprene chest waders are about knackered so I’m going to buy myself a pair of breathable chest waders for this summer’s bass fishing. I like to roam a bit when I’m out and you have to be a bit of a machocist to wear neoprene during the summer.

Can anyone recommend a good make? Price is not a problem as I want them to last.
Also wading boots, they all seem to have felt soles or felt soles with a cleated heel.
The ground I mainly fish over is stones/boulders or rocks, would felt soles with studs screwed in last long in those conditions.

I have thought of using a pair of ordinary work boots and screwing studs into them.
Any advice or observations
 

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Hi Manxman,
I normally fly fish the sea during the warmer weather and i've had a pair of Scierra Aquatex breatheables for over 3 years, they get a fair bit of abuse and have lasted very well......i also wear them in Winter on the beach with suitable layers underneath .
The ones i have are boot foot as opposed to stocking ( they do both) and unless you walk long distances they are fine.
My next pair of Aquatex will be stocking foot ones and i'm thinking of getting a pair of Korkers boots that come with interchangeable soles ( 2 types supplied) , the Yanks seem to like them alot.

Some of my friends have gone for Orvis waders because of there no quibble warrenty.....though it must be said that they do seem to have more leaks than i do, but with instant exchange they all seem happy.

Fistec are doing Scierra for £100 for the stocking foot and £120 for the boot foot ,
and the Korkers boots at £80.
The main reasons for specialist boots are that normal boots won't like being wet all the time and may rot out in a short time.

Dave:)
 

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Thanks Clouser, had a look at the Scierra, they look like they will do the job, and the Korkers are the business.
 

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waders that breath under water , tis black arts i tell you
I have never used Breathable Waders but know what people mean about the neoprene waders in summer (even worse in the Baltic when the summer water temperature is over 20 deg C!)

Goretex Waterproof garments will not breathe when the outer fabric membrane is 'wetted out'. Therefore, although the Goretex Membrane is waterproof and breathable, the outer fabric must usually be treated with a silicone type or other water repellent to allow the whole garment to breathe as designed.

I don't find my legs sweat too much, more the upper body, which is not going to be so much in the water. So the concept of breathable waders is OK, though I cannot see how the legs and parts of the wader underwater can breathe. There is going to be minimal exertion while in the water fishing anyway. The real exercise is walking with them, out of the water.

Steinbeisser
 
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