|Wader Sizing and Wader Care|
Waders look great when new in the shop, but in time many start to leak and all too often this problem is avoidable. Common leakage points for all waders are the ankle where the boot or sock joins the breathable material, at the knees and at the crotch. After testing many leaking waders over the years we see the same problems time and time again, yet this is not often a manufacturing fault. It may just be that they dont fit correctly.
When trying on chest waders ensure that the braces are correctly positioned and tightened. Also wear the wading belt that is supplied with the waders.
Try flexing the knees and lifting the knees as if stepping out of the water. If you feel the waders pulling tight say at the knees or over your backside, then you will need the larger size. As you are far stronger than the waders any restrictions in movement will put unnecessary strain on the seams and stitching. Wearing the correct size of wader with a belt to support it is the best way to make sure you do not strain the seams, thus avoiding a very common wader leakage problem.
Other common problems are standing on your wader fabric whilst getting changed. This causes pin hole leaks at the back of the thigh/knee, an area you would not expect problems during normal use. Our advice is to simply sit sideways on your car seat or on the tailgate if possible to put the waders on. If this is not possible, lean against a tree or the hut for support rather than having to stand on the fabric. Also whilst you are changing in or out of your waders DO NOT place your neoprene sock directly onto the ground whilst you are still wearing them as this may also cause leaks from the foot area.
Finally, if you do puncture your waders crossing a fence or having them hit by a fly, get them repaired as soon as possible. Leaking waders encourage mold to grow on the inside which can easily penetrate the pores in breathable fabric causing the seams or fabric to seep water in. These damaged areas in time cause the waders to leak badly, and although this is easily repairable, it is far more costly than having a simple pin hole or rip repaired.
Always dry your waders after use and leave then hanging up.
Never wear jeans or clothes with rough seams inside your waders and this can damage the integrity of the layering sytem and affect the waterproofing.
Following these simple instructions should prolong the life of your waders and will explain why some anglers get years out of their waders, whilst others only get weeks before they start leaking.