Banded vs drake breathable waders

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  1. DuckyPhe

    DuckyPhe Senior Refuge Member Supporting Member

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    Depends on what price you put on dry, warm and comfortable. After 30+ years of hunting ducks in weather only fit for a duck, I finally figured out what my price was. I now have nearly every piece of waterfowl gear they've made and have turned many other hunters onto it. Not a one of them complains about it after they wear it. I seldom pay list for any of it and have gotten some for as low as 65% off. Anxiously waiting for their waders to come out.

    Chris
     
  2. huntaholic21

    huntaholic21 Senior Refuge Member

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    My banded waders lasted about 2 months last year.
     
  3. bigrick_2u

    bigrick_2u New Member

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    Relatively speaking... Given the two options, Drake would be the brand I would go with.
     
  4. CookMan

    CookMan Elite Refuge Member

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    One more time- Banded waders are outstanding. I am 57 years old and have been waterfowl hunting since was a pup 14 years old. Worn all brands and types, Hodgman canvas too. Banded Gear Wader are are top notch. FYI-I have bought waders that have lasted a year, ripped, torn and leaked, whatever. Repair or buy another pair and move on.
     
  5. tdh17

    tdh17 Senior Refuge Member

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    Where can you buy this Sitka stuff on sale? The older i get ill pay for comfort. I'd pay a grand for a pair of waders guaranteed not to leak for 5 years. I dont mean "if these leak we will replace them for 5 years" i mean waders that will not leak period in 5 years.

    Ive had 2 pairs of banded. Pair one leaked the second time i hunted them, pair 2 going on 2 years. So who knows/...

    Another thing, does anyone make gore-tex waders? That seems like it might be a good idea.
     
  6. DuckyPhe

    DuckyPhe Senior Refuge Member Supporting Member

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    Rumor has it that Sitka's putting out Goretex waders next year, they will be $1000 and guaranteed for life so you might just get your wish.

    Chris
     
  7. boodog

    boodog Senior Refuge Member

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    LL Bean has a life time guarantee on its breathables-$299. Might be worth a look.
     
  8. CookMan

    CookMan Elite Refuge Member

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    Bean is a very quality company.
     

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