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    Hi Everyone,

    I'm new to fly fishing this summer and am looking to invest in a pair of waders. I understand the breathable neoprene difference, my issue is that I also hunt waterfowl (mostly fields till now) and if I can get a pair that will double duty that would be great. I am leaning more toward a breathable style, and if I do go out for duck, then I just put a camo jacket or pull over on. Does this sound reasonable? Most of my fishing and hunting is going to be down in southern Ontario. As like most of us I am on a budget and want to make sure my purchase is a well informed one. I was looking at some of Cabela's stuff any feedback?

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    This is a tricky one. For fishing, I have a set of light weight, neoprene footed waders and felt wading boots. I wouldn't do it any other way. A lot of it is that in colder weather I wear long johns, or fleece pants, but in warmer weather I just wear shorts under them. For fishing, these lightweight waders are the way to go, period.

    For hunting however, I am not sure. I don't know if they are warm enough, and mostly I don't know if they are durable enough to take the abuse. I might be wrong, but for duck hunting I prefer heavy neoprene waders (mine have integrated rubber boots).

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    I just use my goretex breathables for everything.

    When the temps get colder I layer up underneath with different things. Neoprene stocking feet I can wear heavier socks with and rubber soled boots (hate felt but to each their own). I've considered getting a pair of 5mm neoprene waders for late season WFing, but only to increase the life of my waders (they aint cheap). If you just want to own one pair of waders I'd suggest decent goretex waders you can easily layer up with in the late fall, early spring and neoprene stockings with a decent pair of boots.

    Towards the end of Nov and ice on the lake.
    Last edited by JBen; August 10th, 2015 at 10:50 AM.

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    As JBen said. I'd go with a pair of Gore-tex to begin with, and decide based on use what you're primarily going to use them for.

    I've got a pair of these. They're fairly sturdy, and breathable. When the weather gets colder, I usually just layer up, and I stay warm most of the day.

    http://www.canadiantire.ca/en/pdp/br...-0771614p.html
    "Camo" is perfectly acceptable as a favorite colour.

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    Wow I couldn't disagree more with those posts, no offence. I fish steelhead all winter long, and when it's cold, and I mean cold, my current neoprene waders kick the f out of anything I've used before. 1600 g thinsulate boot foot are my choice for cold weather wading.
    In the slanting sun of late afternoon the shadows of great branches reached from across the river, and the trees took the river in their arms

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    I don't fish in my waders but I do alot of waterfowling. I own 2 pair from cabelas. The early season are 3.5 mm with "armour flex" and my late season are 5mm that are totally covered with the "armour flex " I have gotten at least 5 years out of each pair and am not planning on replacing them for this year. I've had great luck with all my cabelas brand purchases. Not so much red head

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    Oh.... Boots are 800 gr on 3.5mm. And 1600 on the 5 mm. I can stand in Lake Ontario in January for long periods with the heavy pair

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