Post by Lighthouse on Jul 19, 2004 13:45:13 GMT -5
Ditto, I now only wear neoprenes for cold nights after sewin. As Willie Gunn says you'd have to be of Iron Man Triathlon fitness to walk the bank in neoprenes during the summer. In fact you'd be as well to forget waders and just stride into the river because effectively you'd be just as wet wearing neoprenes. On a more practical level I've found neoprenes to be more hardwearing than PVC. Breathables are expensive but once tried, never forgotten. I can recommend the Orvis Pro Guide.
Well I am a neoprene fan and have just retired my Orvis neoprenes after over 10 years of fishing throughout the year, a fair bit in sunny Southern England too. Most neoprenes are 4mm thick and warm, there are plenty that are 5mm and must be stifling except for early Spring work. My old ones are 3mm and I walked two miles in them each day last weekend along a beach in Dorset - worn turned down to the waist and lived to tell the tale.
Orvis no longer make the model I last bought, so I have opted for the only 3mm pair I could find, from Simms. Smallstream, I'll compare notes with you over the coming months and see how we get on in our respective choices!
Post by noggininnewzealand on Jul 21, 2004 2:22:06 GMT -5
Hi there dry foot anglers,
Down here we use neoprenes in cold water and in the summer we go "au natural" i.e. felt soled wading boots and shorts. Even in the depths of winter on the Tongariro I seem like I'm in my own personal sauna when I've just hiked 5 or 6 kms by lunchtime in my 5mm neoprenes!! I usually start the weekend off at around 81.5 kilos which can be down to 80 till we go to the RSA club in the evenings to replace the lost liquid!!! The weather has to be right to wear them rolled down to the waist as it's usually blowing a freezing southerly wind (from Antarctica!!). I've got to get a decent payrise before I can afford some breathables. Till then I'll just have to go on replacing the lost liquid down the pub!!
Unfortunately there is no one type suits all.You wouldnt wear shorts and vest all through the year and expect to stay warm and dry in winter or wear heavy clothes and fleeces and stay cool in summer.If you fish all year round I suggest two pairs,definately neoprene for early/late season fishing and then p.v.c or breathables for warmer weather.I can reccomend out of experience Orvis breathables for warm weather,Simms 3mm for general use and Vision 5mm for really cold weather.Budget is allways an issue and none of the above will break the bank all for less than 100 beer tokens,as far as longevity and fragility goes the breathables require greater care and a watchfull eye as to how you go ,the neoprenes are definately more robust.If you go in for the real rough stuff get the cheapest p.v.c.s you can then you wont break down and cry when the inevitable happens.Bear one thing in mind ,breathables wont stop you sweating but will make it more comfortable when you do and will function at their best when you wear the right clothing underneath.If its cold when you start off neoprenes will warm you quicker and keep you warm,again use you head and wear sensible clothing underneath.One wader for the whole season ? my choice definately 3mm neoprene.Stay dry.