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I was just wondering if anyone owns the tailwater xt waders made by orvis. I was thinking about betting a pair but was wondering about their durability and the construction and reliability of the upper chest portion of the waders. I'm considering the stockingfoot version.

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Hey... consider Simms...

i have boath the G3 Guide & the Classic Guide... great waders!
 

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Another to consider are the Patagonia Watermasters. I thought it was funny to watch "The Art of Speycasting" DVD filmed at the GG in San Fransisco. Almost everyone doing demos were wearing either Simms or Patagonia waders. :hihi:
 

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From Past experience, I would stay well away from the Orvis tailwater waders. I bought a pair when they first came out and had nothing but problems with them. The seem down the inside of both legs, leaked within the first week of using them.

I approached Orvis on my problem, on which they replaced the waders immediately. The customer service was second to none. However, The same problem occurred on not only on the second pair, but also the third and fourth.

I am now using simms G3 waders and have had no problems after a very busy fishing season. :D
 

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My Orvis Tailwater XT with lace-up boot-foot waders have served well for the last 18 months. The only complaint is there is no center flip-out pocket as in most waders. The main feature of this model is the integral boots with laces and it is terrific, meaning fit is excellent and time is saved. . One of our guides on the Dean this year used this model boot and was satisfied.

I don't see any reason to get the stockingfoot model, unless one wants studded soles.

I use mine for summer trout fishing, and the heavy construction is a bit warm for me. These are heavy-duty waders.

Orvis customer service is tops.
 

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if waiting >3 months for them is good service...

Bob Pauli said:
My Orvis Tailwater XT with lace-up boot-foot waders have served well for the last 18 months. The only complaint is there is no center flip-out pocket as in most waders. The main feature of this model is the integral boots with laces and it is terrific, meaning fit is excellent and time is saved. . One of our guides on the Dean this year used this model boot and was satisfied.

I don't see any reason to get the stockingfoot model, unless one wants studded soles.

I use mine for summer trout fishing, and the heavy construction is a bit warm for me. These are heavy-duty waders.

Orvis customer service is tops.
THen Orvis has the best CS in the business. I have returned the waders to a company store, and it has been almost 4 months and I havent gotten them back. I had the waders less than 5 months.
 

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CalSpey,
My experience with Orvis product support is always terrific.

If returning a product to a company owned store, get an immediate replacement. If the store does not have the item in stock, or does not swap you for a new item you should send the defective item to
Orvis Company Return Department
1711 Blue Hills Drive
Roanoke, Va 24012
Tel: 800.548.9548

Personally, I don't bother the stores, and go directoly to the return department.

Why don't you call Orvis and tell them your story?
 

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Bean's wicked toughs -

have mine for a year and a half of pretty rugged fishing in oregon, idaho, and washington... lots of hawthorn, lodgepole staubs, and other things thorny/prickly... Haven't had a problem yet with any leaks.. They are heavy in that the legs have 5 layers of material, like the G-3's, to combat tears and leaks. But given i spent way to much time up till last year in neoprenes, they're down right cool... :rolleyes: Bean's has been great for me as far as customer service as well. have yet to worry about the waders, but they did me very well when i had problems w/ a pair of studded boots that had the sole lifting. Replaced after a year, no questions asked...
The wicked tough's get my vote, and i think one of the more underrated waders out there...
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