The Wader question again

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  1. Hitfish

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    Well got my fish cat 5 a few weeks ago
    Tried on my old waders and much to my surprise Ive gained a few #s :emoji_fearful:
    Since my ES Trout fishing days

    So im ponying up for new ones
    Looking at the following

    FT hellbender breathable
    FT sierran reinforced breathable
    They both are SF
    Going to get some dive boots also

    Also so its been awhile what type of underclothing

    Thanks for the help
     
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    I vote for waterproof jacket and SF wading pants. Chest waders can kill.
     
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    There are lots of excellent old posts on this subject so look them up. However some points for under clothing. Get some slim fitting fleece pants for cold water and lightweight sweat pants (champion brand) for warm water to soak up sweat. If you can find a pair of Glacier Glove booties on the 'net snap them up. They are designed for float tubing with stocking foot waders and have adjustable velcro closures as most dive booties are zippered and are too tight on the ankles with baggy waders. GG's also have a stiffer non slip bottom to give more support when walking. Trust me on this. :emoji_wink: I'd also get 3 mm neoprene waders as breathables are baggy and will "seep" water after awhile.
     
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    Splain please! I hope you are not talking about them filling with water and drowning you. That has been debunked. The water inside the waders would be no heavier that the water outside the waders. Important to just float and not try to swim.
     
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    i slipped in the kern, went horizontal and was about to be sent down the rushing stream, bouncing off the rocks and into adeep pool, but reached out and grabbed a tiny shrub branch. if not for that branch, i'm dead.
     
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    and, yes i realize op's not talking about river fishing, but it' good info, just in case, and why buy 2 set ups when one will work?
     
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    Hey all thx for the input
    I dont plan on fishing any streams soon
    And dont need 2 outfits
    Weldon good clothing info
    found the boots on Ebay
    Im not sure about neoprene they got really hot years ago when i tubed
    Like i said in my 1st post (hello everyone) Im just getting back into tubing
    I used to use old truck tires i would get from Al Archers truck shop in Santee with rods bungi corded down and a pine board tied on as a seat
    Anyways thax for the info still got alot of shopping to do
    Also any input on PFD'S and any other
    Tube accessories would be greatly appreciated

    Thanks again

    Tight lines and raw thumbs
     
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    Not sure what difference the waders made in that situation. Waders or not, the survival posture is "sitting" in the water, feet up, facing downstream. The waders would not pull you under. There are several YouTube videos dealing with this.
     
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    How well did they float? LOL! I know you meant the inner tube! Neoprenes are still just as hot as they used to be. You want breatheables.
     
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    They floated great had to patch holes here an there but when you're 12-13 years old u dont care i was getting the tubes free
    And yes breathables is what im leaning towards
    Thx
     
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    As to PFD's, the auto inflates are nice... just make sure they don't get wet! Those things can cause a heart attack!
     
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    How well did they float? LOL!


    They were great gotem for free and when you r 12-13 yrs old you don't care
     
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    Hey my post double dipped
    Lol

    Yes ive heard that about the auto inflate
    Ive also heard some people just throw cushions behind them
     
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    When I was that age I thought about doing that, just never did. Good for you for following through! I remember that tire shop! Didn't he run a stock car at the EC Speedway?
     
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    I think he might have
    There was also a bumper car place there too
    Good ole days
     
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    For a PFD get a simple closed foam brightly colored (red, yellow or orange) strap on model and strap it on the seat back. All you have to do is reach back ,unsnap the two strap buckles, slide it up off the back of the seat and put it on. Cheap and it works
     
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    Pulling me under is irrelevant and, at that rate of current, so is trying to sit in a survival position." I was about to go floating down the river at mach speed, body and head bouncing helplessly off of rocks and deposited into the pool below. I'm pretty sure I was a goner.
     
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    I think the sudden reduction of density - from one of meat and bone to meat and bone and a whole lot of water - caused by the filling of the waders, caused me to float away from safety into the surging current almost before I could react. Flotation was not my friend that day.
     
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    Thanks weldon that works for me
     
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    I'll chime in on PFD's..

    Safety and security are two HUGE things in my life. I dont mess around with my personal safety - both in and out of the water. After a TON of research on PFD's, I had two choices at the top.. Mustang MIT 100 and Onyx PFD.

    I went with the Mustang MIT 100. After I got it, I liked it so much I went back on eBay and bought another just in case anyone I was float tubing with didnt have one or forgot theirs.

    When it's on, I dont even know its there. It fits almost totally flat against my chest. Its a very secure feeling vest. It has a pull cord. I can swim great. But I thought if some jerkwad on a boat or jet ski came by and hammered me, I might not have the wherewithal to swim. But I know I'd remember to pull that screaming yellow tab.

    They're not cheap. Mine were 100 each. Well worth the investment. I know that some guys go with the less expensive fat old school orange ones. If that's how they want to roll, I'm all for it. The reason I didn't go with a simple orange foam vest is because it would totally interfere with the butt of my flyrod in my gut. Too cumbersome and fat for me.

    I guess everyone does what he can - money usually being the catalyst. I'f I could tell you anything, save your money and get the right thing the first time. After you wear the bulky orange one, try one someone's Mustang or Onyx. You'll throw the orange one away.
     
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