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I am looking for a pair of waders that will not leak right away. I was looking at the Drakes - generally good equipment, but some reviews are pretty bad. I have had decent luck with lacrosse, but they still leaked pretty quick at the seams. I know you guys have some thoughts and experiences that would be helpful,

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myself i love my drakes.
i havent heard any bad review, my first pair leaked agter 1 year but drake took care of it and the new ones are fine,ive had others do the same ,so i figure it happens,tough to make neoprene waterproof 100% of the time i bet!
that being said the warmth EASE OF PUTTIN ON AND OFF andcomfort allows me to stay in em from home to home no taking mine off anymore!
ive had the bayou meto from macks and they lasted like 3 years without a leak also!
 

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I will keep buying the Cabela's Supermag waders. I finaly had to buy a second pair last winter. Reason is I was getting cold once the temp got below 20. After investigating the waders I found out that I had worn most of the insulation out of the boots. They are still 100% waterproof, just no insulation. So I'll just use them for early season, and the new ones for once the weather gets cold.
 

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I've had my Cabela's(5mm bootfoot 1000gm) for 5+ yrs with no problems. They get used hard from ducks right thru iceout fishing. The pair I had before this pair were also Cabela's with the velcro shoulder straps had those for several years also the only problem with those was the velcro got full of grass and wouldn't stay together.
 

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" I was looking at the Drakes - generally good equipment, but some reviews are pretty bad. I have had decent luck with lacrosse, but they still leaked pretty quick at the seams."

I really love the Drakes I got, i don't have any problem with my drakes.
 

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I have a pair of Cabelas Supermags and they are good quality waders. I've had them for about 5 years now and haven't had any problems. My only complaint with them is they are big and heavy. A lot of spots I hunt I have to walk a good distance to get too, and like I said those waders are heavy. I've never been cold in them thats for sure. This year I bought a pair of Drake waders, and so far I love them. I haven't used them too much so I can't really say I have complaint. I think if you go either way you'll be fine.
 

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kerstinlinne said:
" I was looking at the Drakes - generally good equipment, but some reviews are pretty bad. I have had decent luck with lacrosse, but they still leaked pretty quick at the seams."

I really love the Drakes I got, i don't have any problem with my drakes.
Drake had since addressed the issues and they're awesome now... best on the market!! Stop by your local Drake dealer... Waterfowlers Inc. and check them out!
 

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IF U WANT TO SPEND MONEY BUY DRAKES!
I HAVE HAD 2 PAIR OF DRAKES,1ST LEAKED AFTER 1 YEAR DRAKE REPLACED THEM FREE EVEN OUTSIDE THE WARRANTY BY 52 DAYS!
SECOND PAIR HAS BEEN FINE 2 YRS NOW!
 

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Cabelas also has a sale on Columbia 3.5mm 1000gram waders right now too. I went and looked at them and ended up purchasing them last week. $200 waders for $99.
 

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I have lacrosse brush tuff waders and they have serviced me well for past 4 years. Too hot for early season though...and also found a mouse hole in them this year... I own alot of drake stuff and I bet their waders are top notch.
 

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I bought a pair of cabela's 5m.m, 1000 mg boot waders 3 yrs. ago. This past March when I grabbed them to go trout fishing I found big, multiple cracks in both boots, even though they weren't there last time I used them in January. I went to the auto parts store and got a tube of good silicone and covered the toes and sides with it. Threw them on a couple of weeks ago to put the boat in and still staying dry. Really disappointed in them, though, wondering if I should have been using some kind of dressing on them to keep them from cracking??
 

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I great tip for storing waders during the off season is to spray the rubber parts with Armour-all. That will make it so there is little chance of dry rot which is always an issue with rubber.
 

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I gave up on Neoprene waders five years ago when I bought a pair of breathable Lacrosse Alpha Swamp Fox. The brush guards work well. I hunt some thick nasty stuff each year, going on year 5 now. The boots are only 600 gram but nice socks and toe warmers for those december and january hunts. Wear fleece under them in the cold months. I will never go back to the warm wet clammy feel of neoprene, and with fleece and the breathable fabric no more overheating if the deke bag needs a long haul!
I might look into what drake has in the breathable market when its time to replace these.
Oh yeah, I forgot to mention that they are so light that you forget you are wearing waders.
 
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