TL;DR: With waders, you get what you pay for. I really like the Orvis Silver Sonic Guide Waders.
I’ve gone through many pairs of waders from many manufacturers. My first three pairs were all at the low-end of the price range. And, they all leaked pretty quick. DIY Aquaseal didn’t work for me either.
Gradually, fed up, I bought the Simms G3 Waders. They performed like a charm. Twice, I mailed them back for repairs. Alas, after four years, the seals are coming undone, and they no longer can be fixed.
The Simms rep. generously offered a discount on any new Simms waders. It was tempting. But, the G3 waders list at about $500, and the G4 ones are at a whopping $700.
I opted for the Orvis Silver Sonic Guide Waders (listed at $425, but many vendors are pricing below that). One reason is my Orvis Friends in the Field discount. Another reason is that those waders are the most durable ones that Orvis sells.
Last, I love their customer service. My first pair of waders leaked pretty quickly, and Orvis offered to send me a brand new set, which was just awesome.
I’ve been fishing with the waders for a few months. And, I really like them:
- Zippered and lined pockets. I store a bunch of random stuff there. In the winter, I will put my hand warmers in there, and the lined pockets will make a big difference.
- Water proof phone bag. There’s a clear plastic bag that is sealable and attaches via Velcro to the waders. I put my phone there, and it’s very convenient.
- Inside storage bag and tool dockets. You can store fly boxes, tippet and hemostats. So, for a quick outing, you don’t need to bring out a pack.
- Time will tell, but the waders do feel thick and sturdy.
- Gravel guards are attached.
What have you found with waders? What do you use and why? Thanks!