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Offline DharmaSoldat

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Looking for a waterproof clothing recommendation...
« on: May 07, 2018, 09:17:46 AM »
Hi everyone!

I've been on a few trips up some remote-ish creeks lately that have been in full flow and the ol' galoshes are not cutting it - they're way too short for the depth of water I'd like to wade through.

I wondered if anyone here could please recommend a pair of waders that work for you, or suggest what I should be looking for.

I had thought about buying some $70 PVC chest waders from Army & Navy but figured I'd ask the experts first.

Thanks!

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Re: Looking for a waterproof clothing recommendation...
« Reply #1 on: May 07, 2018, 10:00:46 AM »
yes Dharma you are on the right track there. hip or chest waders are very good to use . A good ventilated water proof jacket is good as well. Happy exploring.

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Re: Looking for a waterproof clothing recommendation...
« Reply #2 on: May 07, 2018, 07:37:14 PM »
West Coast commercial fisherman buy their work clothing at ONO, top quality.

http://www.onoworkandsafety.com/

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Re: Looking for a waterproof clothing recommendation...
« Reply #3 on: May 07, 2018, 08:28:49 PM »
Hi.Rivers and creeks are raging right now.Hip waders and chestwaders are fine innormal conditions but will take you to your death in seconds when the water is at flood levels One slip and you do not have a chance.Fill those boots and you are on the bottom.Be smart and wait for the water to recede.Luck,Mcbain.
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Re: Looking for a waterproof clothing recommendation...
« Reply #4 on: May 07, 2018, 09:07:12 PM »
A precaution with chest waders is to cinch a sturdy belt around yourself a little below the top of the waders.  The idea is to stop water from filling the waders if you slip and go underwater.   Water filled chest waders are a death trap and cold water is also BAD.

The best answer, of course, is to stay away from fast moving and deep water and never work around slippery, slimy rocks.

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Re: Looking for a waterproof clothing recommendation...
« Reply #5 on: May 07, 2018, 09:38:47 PM »
Thanks for the replies and advice, everyone. Rest assured I've been reviewing wader safety videos and wouldn't be doing anything too crazy.

I was up in west stave this last weekend and up one of the bigger creeks with a buddy - between sloshing in our boots and hacking trails  over the widowmakers we got a good sense of the flow of the creek. I also live near the coquitlam river so there's that too.

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Re: Looking for a waterproof clothing recommendation...
« Reply #6 on: May 07, 2018, 11:17:37 PM »
You could always get yourself the bottoms of a 5mm wetsuit. It is a bit more comfortable then hip waders and your getting wet anyways. Just get some that are easy to get on and your good. Then you can wear your hiking boots and have good footing. I use this for metal detecting and it makes it easy to go bank to bank when needed. 

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Re: Looking for a waterproof clothing recommendation...
« Reply #7 on: May 08, 2018, 06:13:33 AM »
I would stay away from chest waders> There is no "Fly" in them , it's a pain when you gotta go.  <-laugh->

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Re: Looking for a waterproof clothing recommendation...
« Reply #8 on: May 08, 2018, 08:28:01 AM »
Really the only true waterproof clothing is a Drysuit. There are tricks to their use though. Ocean Pacific Watersports, Kamloops, 250-828-0188, Dale, is very familiar with the needs of a miner when it comes to that sort of thing. Used stuff as well for sale. Boots, gloves, suits, neoprene, just ask him what works, what doesn`t.