CUSTOM FITTED WADERS
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Care and Maintenance.
Here are some tips on Wader Care.
One of the leading causes of leaky waders is a poor fit. Custom fitted waders should eliminate this problem if you have measured correctly.
Waders that are too tight, cause excessive strain and stretch on the seams of the waders which can cause leaks.
Even if you have measured yourself correctly, and even if there has been room allowed for use in cold weather as per your measuring chart, there is still the potential to over stuff the waders by adding too many layers of clothing that had not been accounted for in the original tailoring. Be cautious about adding too many layers which will add to the stress on the seams and materials.
Waders that are greatly oversized have excess materials which causes rolls and folds. These can rub and abrade which will eventually lead to leaking.
Putting Waders On and Taking Them Off:
Waders are built with a combination of fabrics joined together with seams. When putting your waders on, avoid pulling and stressing the fabric. Slide feet into stocking foot waders carefully without stressing the seam where booty meets wader.
Put your wading boots on as soon as possible and avoid walking on any abrasive surfaces. Check wading boots for stones or other objects that may puncture the wading sock..
When removing the waders, be sure to ease them off without stretching out the neoprene boot or causing excessive strain on the seams that join boot to wader leg.
When walking with your waders on, avoid pushing through trees, brush and thorns. Be cautious around open campfires. Small sparks and embers may damage your waders.
Keep Your Waders Clean:
Rinse your waders. Remove any dirt or mud after each use.
Wash Your Waders: Regular washing is important for long wear and odor reduction Use a good powdered detergent or a technical wash soap like Nikwax® Tech Wash in a front-loading washing machine at medium to low temperature. Secure all snaps and tie straps together to prevent fabric damage. Rinse at least twice
As with all things, waders eventually will wear out or need repair. Serviceable life depends on how often and under what conditions the waders are used, and what level of care they are given.
Zipper waders should never be stored with the zippers closed. Storing or transporting with the zippers closed may bend and rupture the zippers, leading to leaks. Always ensure that the zippers are fully open before storage.
Drying and Storage:
Hang-dry out of direct sunlight, or dry in a front load dryer on very low heat just until dry. Do not hang waders from sharp objects to dry. Both cleaning and drying increases the materials performance. When storing waders, be sure they are completely dry before putting them away. Store waders in a cool dry place. Do not leave waders exposed to high heat and direct sunlight for long periods.
Punctures and pinhole leaks should be repaired as soon as possible. Leaks can be repaired by either applying a thin layer of Aquaseal® Uv (field repair) or using the supplied wader repair and patch kit that comes with your waders.