Why Waders leak
Mouse damage before repair.
mouse damage after repair.
THIS STRAIGHT LINE LEAK ALONG THE CALF IS TYPICAL OF A CRUSH FOLD LEAK
Boot foots do not like being hung by the braces. Not only will this stretch the braces but it also puts considerable and prolonged pressure on the seam between the boot and the fabric, a common leak point in boot foots. Finally leaving them in a place where mice can get to them is a disaster. If the damage is minimal then we can certainly sort it for you, if not it is a trip to tour sales pages I am afraid.
Ok, so as anglers we don’t always get it right, but the manufacturers must shoulder some of the blame as well. I am talking about the folks who make it here and not the suppliers. To make waders at a sensible price, they are often made down to a cost. Taping the seams using a glue by hand would make for very expensive waders. So they are taped using a roll of tape that is coated with a dry glue on one side, and this tape and glue are heated and applied to the material. It melts, sticks and dries in seconds, just like a glue gun using the dry sticks. It is a thermo set glue and works well in many applications. Thermo sets are quite brittle once dry, but being very thin they are also very flexible. Your fishing rod is flexible but brittle. If you take a very thin tape of glue, with hundreds of stitch holes behind it and wiggle it back and forward a few hundred or thousand times it will develop tiny cracks, and the water will go through the stitching, and then travel along these cracks, you will get seam leaks – the most common wader leak. However we also see other problems. The tape for example must cover the seam, and from time to time we see a miss. Folds, creases and air spaces in seams, and under the tape are asking for trouble. I think the manufacturers are always looking for ways of improving. Improving the waders for you – and improving the profits to them. This is only fair. But using lots of little bits of material, with lots of seams makes for lots of stitching, stitch holes, seams and leaks. I think they are all looking for ways of moving the seams to places where they will see minimal stretches, flexes and seams, and some have managed to an extent. I am delighted to say that they have not fully managed!
Although it makes little difference after sealing this folded over wader fabric makes an air space gthat can fill with water and damage the seam.