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    What do you guys like using, GTex or Neoprene?
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    Never again in neoprene.

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    Simms G4 zipper front for me. Neo, too heavy and never dries.
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    Thanks Gents
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    I switched years ago and will never go back. If you are having a problem staying warm, you are layering wrong. One ginormous problem with neoprene is it can only get so cool; I had much more trouble being too hot in neoprene than I have ever had being too cold in quality gore tex. As to noise when trying to hunt quiet: pull a pair of sweats or lightweight polartec over the top and kill most of the noise.

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    Neo ONLY if its frigid duck hunting weather.....and there are no ducks so you are just sitting and not moving. Otherwise I agree with the posts above- layer up underneath to stay warm if necessary. Durability is the only trade off for me....but my patches seem to hold just fine.

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    G3 Guide model SIMMS full chest waders. I roll them to my waste most days, but wet days and whitewater they cover my torso. Rain jacket over that if necessary. I had a zipper fail on a pair of G4, and i lost trust in them.

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    Simms aren't made in my size (6'7"). Only option for me is the Cabellas breathable waders (some sort of waterproof breathable) or their neoprene chesty's.
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    Check the sizing and go with the biggest inseam. That's what I do (6'6"); its baggy up top but works. I use the cheapo caddis for ducks and some redington that I got on a pro form. Haven't looked at the Simms chart. Got a pro form on patagonia too but NOTHING from them fits the big dude.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yukoner View Post
    Simms aren't made in my size (6'7"). Only option for me is the Cabellas breathable waders (some sort of waterproof breathable) or their neoprene chesty's.
    As a fellow large person I really like the cabela's waders, they were less expensive and still lasted me a couple years. Keep the old one especially for his hunting in the rain.

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    Cabelas neo for me. Tried several gtex (not simms) and they failed me.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Yukoner View Post
    Simms aren't made in my size (6'7"). Only option for me is the Cabellas breathable waders (some sort of waterproof breathable) or their neoprene chesty's.
    I am 6'7" too. I picked up the Simms in an XLL and got the length I need.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Carnivore View Post
    I am 6'7" too. I picked up the Simms in an XLL and got the length I need.
    Were you able to get the right foot size?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Yukoner View Post
    Were you able to get the right foot size?
    On XL and larger Simms generally puts a 12-13 neoprene stockingfoot. Larger sizes (up to 16-17) can be made in their custom shop.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TOMCOD View Post
    On XL and larger Simms generally puts a 12-13 neoprene stockingfoot. Larger sizes (up to 16-17) can be made in their custom shop.
    I wear a 13 shoe/boot. They sell those in a couple stocking foot sizes. 13 is the larger of the two. I spoke with Simms directly in Bozeman and they mentioned they can be made with a custom size larger stocking foot if you go directly through them. No other custom sizing though, because their stuff is all die cut.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Carnivore View Post
    I am 6'7" too. I picked up the Simms in an XLL and got the length I need.
    Quote Originally Posted by Carnivore View Post
    I wear a 13 shoe/boot. They sell those in a couple stocking foot sizes. 13 is the larger of the two. I spoke with Simms directly in Bozeman and they mentioned they can be made with a custom size larger stocking foot if you go directly through them. No other custom sizing though, because their stuff is all die cut.
    Those are some big shoes to fill. I have hunted with carnivore before and I can tell you he's not exaggerating.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bushwhack Jack View Post
    Those are some big shoes to fill. I have hunted with carnivore before and I can tell you he's not exaggerating.
    Ha! Lotta boots to fill out there to fill bigger than mine buddy. However, according to what the quality wader makers are offering, not any with longer legs. Would have liked to have found that length without the XL girth. But as my brother put it, "sounds like you need to work on your girth." Take care Bushwhack.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bushwhack Jack View Post
    Those are some big shoes to fill. I have hunted with carnivore before and I can tell you he's not exaggerating.
    Size 13s? I wish my feet were that petite😉 Life would be easy with 13s.
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    Yea, I agree neoprene is done for other than sitting in a duck blind.

    I am going to spring for a pair of Simms... I like boot bottom waders. They are just so easy to get in and out of, and dry...you just roll the tops down and they dry out great.

    Problem we now have is this ridiculous reg making felt illegal. Ughh... IF YOU LIVE IN ALASKA, AND USE YOUR WADERS ONLY IN ALASKA, WHERE IS THE PROBLEM WITH FELT?

    So stupid. Most places have abandon the reg, feeling it does no good.


    Few boot soles match felt for performance... I hear Simms soles are as close to felt as you will get.

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    Ended up getting the Cabelas 5mm Neostretch chesties in tall. Any tall guys, if you need TALL waders, these fill the bill. I have a 36" inseam and am 6'7" and these fit really well, no compromise at all.
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