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S01E26 Introduction To Waders


 


                      Joe Vivenzio

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  1. Two types
  2. History 
  3. Protection
  4. Features
  5. Purchasing
  6. Extra info


Membranes:
Permeable- material that allows molecules to pass through it
Non-permeamble or Impermeable - material that DOES NOT allow molecules to pass through it

1. Two types

  • Breathable - permeable, allows water vapor to pass through. More expensive.
  • Neoprene – stretchable synthetic rubber. Less expensive. Impermeable

2. History 

  • Stonewall Jackson and the invention of waders- vulcanized rubber
  • Rubber
  • Neoprene
  • Breathable

3. Protection

  • Water – temperature, pollution
  • Cold water and weather
  • Snow
  • Ice
  • Wind
  • Plants – thorns, chemicals, nettles

 

4. Features – what makes one wader different from the other. Including price.

  • Belts
  • Boot foot
  • Durability
  • Fart smell
  • Foot bootie molding/shape
  • Gravel guards
  • Shoe lace latch on gravel guard
  • Pockets inside and outside
  • Puncture-ability
  • Stitching – seams welding process proprietary by orvis
  • Stocking foot
  • Straps –how and where they attach


5. Purchasing:

  • Bells and whistles
  • How often will you wear them
  • Boot foot vs. stocking
  • Felt vs. rubber
  • Rubber studded
  • Felt studded
  • Boa laces vs. rope (freeze)
  • Size up for winter
  • Shoe size
  • Body size
  • Tall vs. short
  • Big boobs

6. Extra Information:

  • Falling in and filling up – does not make you sink. Belt will  help keep water out
  • How to dry – open up. Put newspaper in boots
  • Storage – not in sunlight. UV light will degrade.
  • Maintenance –rolled up. Scrub to keep membrane clean
  • Patching  
    • holes detected by flashlight, alcohol, or soapy water
    • Aquaseal vs uv patch
  • Layering underneath

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