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Larry Tullis
(Larrytullis) - F - M

Locale: Wasatch Mountains
Breathable Waders on 03/02/2005 06:44:45 MST Print View

Although not counted as typical UL gear, I consider my lightweight breathable chest waders to be essencial equipment on trips around water. Multiple uses are:

1-As waders for fishing/float tubing.
2-As lower part of rain gear.
3-As bivouac outerwear (insulated inside).
4-To wade to fresh campsites seldom used by land based hikers.
5-For hiking in rainy, bogy, puddled trails and fording streams.
6-Hiking down streams/canyoneering.
7-Rolled into a bag and used as a pillow
8-Wade right into the stream to wash dishes or filter water
9-Sit in shallow water to cool down on hot day without getting soaked.
10-Adds 15 deg. f. warmpth and waterproofness to clothing.
11-For getting into or out of watercraft easily, without worrying about getting wet.

Sage and Dan Bailey's etc. have waterproof/breathable waders that weigh under 1 pound. Wear with old hiking shoes or water shoes on feet.

Anyone else use waders as part of their UL gear? Any other uses?

Bryan Redd
(lucylab) - F
Lightweight waders on 03/02/2005 09:56:59 MST Print View


Good points on lightweight waders. While I love my G3 waders, they are a bit heavy to be carrying around on a backpacking flyfishing trip. So, I've been considering buying a light weight pair.

BTW, are you the Larry Tullis who is a guide and author? If so, I've learned quite a bit from your writings. And, I enjoyed the references and photos of you in Martin Carincross's fine book.


Justin Gunn
(biggunn) - F
Waders are fun! on 03/09/2005 00:53:05 MST Print View

One of my first backcountry forays was a fly-fishing trail camp deep in the Gros Ventre Wilderness of Wyoming outside of Jackson. Since shelter, sleep systems, and food were provided already, we could afford to pack along a few more toys for the 10 mile hike into the camp.

Since we were fly fishing, we brought nylon stocking waders and Teva sandles. I loved the feeling of walking through water, very fun. Of course, the sandles and waders must have weighted 3 pounds. Eventually, though, they did suffer punctures caused while hiking around the rivers.

A good pair of lightweight waders that could withstand a bit of bushwhacking would be terrific, but you still have to add a lightweight water shoe if you don't want to constantly have wet footwear. Or is there another way to resolve the issue of additional footwear?

Edited by biggunn on 03/09/2005 00:56:45 MST.