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post #1 of 29 (permalink) Old 06-13-2019, 10:10 AM Thread Starter
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Wading Belts?

What wading belts do you guys like? The one I have comes loose all the time.
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Nothing special, just what came with my Compass 360's. Stays where I put it.

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I like Simms neoprene wading belt. Bought a new pair of patagonia waders last year and still use the simms belt.
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Is that the belt that comes with the Simms waders?
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Is that the belt that comes with the Simms waders?
Did not come with my old G3's or G4's, they had the nylon belts. The neoprene might be on the new ones?

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I like my Fishpond Rio Grande Wader Belt - it has an inner belt to attach my Leatherman, wading staff holster, etc.
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I lost my wader belt that came with my waders. Tried the Simms belt but did not like it, no stretch. Got the Redington one which is quite elastic and really like it.

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Prefer the non-stretch to stretch

I used the built-in elastic wader belt but I doubt it would shut down the water influx if I went for a swim. The belt isn't tight enough (even if cinched down, there's still that elastic give), and it's too high on my waist (just below the sternum).

I use two additional non-stretch nylon belts (one to hold a sheath containing long nosed pliers and a flat double cut file) at naval height to keep the water out. The bad news is that in the past, my back has got soaked even as my crotch and legs stayed dry.

I continue to be surprised at how many anglers I see without wading belts, or with loose ones.

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The Dan Bailey, get the one with back support.
Swam in the Dechutes, Clearwater, and Ishkanish ( aggressive, not clumsy &#x1f61c and although damp survived. By the way, you can wear two belts.
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I wear a locking no-stretch belt below a back brace (which I don't need).
it has saved me from soaking wet to slightly damp.

and I wished I moved as fast as I do when I slip under... mates, I'm like a cat.

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"and I wished I moved as fast as I do when I slip under... mates, I'm like a cat."
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I recently got the Fishpond Westbank belt after using the thin light one that came with my Simms G3 waders years ago.

The Fishpond is great. Like the Rio Grande, it has a separate belt as well as loops for attaching a wading staff (but only near the back), and it has a big loop in the back for a net (which I don't usually carry but it's there).

I wear it over my wading jacket, and use the Simms thin belt on the waders. If I go in with that big wide belt over the jacket, I should have a few minutes before water gets into my waders!

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KOOLBAC makes a wide Velcro type back brace type wader belt that is non-slip and can be as tight as you want by first sucking in you gut.

Makes waders very water resistant. Test this at least twice a year on the OP coastal rivers. Chest gets wet (and cold). Long Johns only get damp. Worst “swim” was Indian Bar on the Quillayute. Fell & stood back up 3 times before a tall guide dropped anchor & vaulted his drift boat gunnel to rescue my sorry old ass.
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I like the Simms neoprene on my pataguccis. Non stretch, snugged so I have to adjust for winter and summer layers. Gone are the days of not falling, and my non infrequent headers aren't too bad unless a prolonged soak is involved.
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