Repairing Waders

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Repairing Waders

Postby gyro » Thu May 15, 2003 1:19 pm

I was out in the river the other day fishing for rainbows when all of a sudden, i felt water rush into my waders. :? When i checked, there was a L-shaped rip about 3 inches long and 2 inches high. The waders are made of nylon/pvc. So does anyone have any ideas how to fix this rip?

Thanks in advance.

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Re: Repairing Waders

Postby Brookie » Thu May 15, 2003 1:38 pm

Is it still under warranty? If so send them in.
If not, you might be able to find patching kits for it.
Not sure though.

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Re: Repairing Waders

Postby gyro » Thu May 15, 2003 1:51 pm

thanks brookie,
i bought them last September. I'm pretty sure the store's warranty is over but the manufacturer may have a 1 yr warranty. But even if it's under warranty by the manufacturer, i would have to send it in and wait a month. I'd rather patch it up, if that works, so i can go out while the trout are still around in the rivers.

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Re: Repairing Waders

Postby Gideon » Thu May 15, 2003 2:03 pm

Hi Gyro,

The same thing happened to me a last season, I tried some glue patches first which disn't work well at all. Finally I ordered a gore-tex patch kit from The Fly Shop, and that has worked out really well. They come with gore-tex patches and aquaseal.

Here's a link: http://www.theflyshop.com/35.htm

Its at the very bottom, and for 6 bucks its a good deal since it saved my 300 dollar Chota waders.

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Re: Repairing Waders

Postby gyro » Thu May 15, 2003 2:26 pm

thanks Gideon. Checked out the site. Were the patches you used before using rubber cement? Wonder if i could buy the Aquaseal or Cotol stuff at Home Depot or some Scuba diving store and use that instead of the rubber cement?

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Re: Repairing Waders

Postby Buzz » Fri May 16, 2003 12:21 am

Gyro,

I had the same problem after 3 years with my Simms Goretex breathable waders. I sent them back to the manufacturer and they not only patched the leak, but completely re-inforced both legs (even though only one had damage) for free! Companies tend to be very good about that stuff.

I had a patch kit, but I chose to send it back to see what they would do and I lucked out. If you choose to patch yourself be careful. My waders came with a patch kit but fortunately I haven't had to use it. I just carry it for emergentcy purposes.

Troy :lol:

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Re: Repairing Waders

Postby gyro » Fri May 16, 2003 6:30 am

buzz,

wow, that says a lot about Simms. I guess you had to pay for shipping and wait for a month. I guess i'll try to contact the manufacturer and see what they can do and how long the turn-around time is before going the patch route.

Thanks guys.

Gyro


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