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I will be heading Gaula in June this year. I never have wader for my local waters, but I have a pair of Simms Freestone wading boots, so I would need wader, and other wading clothing if necessary.

As the wader would not see much use after the trip so I would prefer not to invest in big $$. Any suggestions for affordable wader? Eg those lower end models from Simms and Patagonia?

Or, does the environment in Gaula demand the better one? I think a Simms G3, around 500USD, would be my maximum budget, if it is really needed to spend.

Also, for considering using in my local waters after the trip, it is pretty warm here so I think I don't want any ultra warm wader (which would get too hot).

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Simms G3 would be perfect. I think the most important part of your wading equipment is the sole on your wading boots. I would recommend felt soles with studs for the Gaula. It’s a rocky river which requires good grip.
 

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Waders for the Gaula

The G3's are excellent waders, but if you don't plan to use them much afterwards, take a look at Redington waders. I have many friends that tell me their Redingtons are the best waders they have owned - and they used to wear Simms or Patagonias.

Hope this helps,

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Opps, the wading boots I already have is a pair of Simms Freestone rubber sole with cleats.......Would it work or I need to get another pair of felt sole? 😅
 

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If you wouldn’t say you are fishing in warm environment after your trip I would have recommended the Simms Freestone waders. Excellent value for money.
But the G3 are made of GoreTex and are in another class in the aspect of breathability !
That’s your decision.
As long as you are not exact with the location you are fishing - lower, middle or upper Gaula - it’s difficult to give any further advice. The Gaula can be extremely different.
In some parts and time of the season I use only hip waders, what could be useful at home for you too. Here the new Simms Freestone is first class too and cheap.
But as a single solution for the unpredictable Gaula, a reasonable chest wader is recommendable in June.

If you can spare money on your waders or not.
Don’t spare on the boots when you go to Gaula -especially downstream Støren- with any rubber soles !!! You would have to add a lot of iron to your rubber soles.
From your description you are not that much used to wading or to big rivers.

Buy the best boots you can afford instead with felt soles and add some of the best studs in a reasonable way for additional grip.
Don’t spare on safety relevant boots in a river like Gaula. Up to 300 Kubik, everything is to consider at the Gaula in June.

Good luck, wade careful, don’t slip !
 

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Will you be using a guide? Ask them. If your wading boots fit your feet without waders, you'll need another pair to fit over the waders' neoprene booties.
 

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I don't think Gaula requires any special waders, nor boots. I have fished it a number of times over several years since I live not too far away. I think you will be fine with the rubber boots you have since they have cleats, and if you don't plan on using waders much except for your week on the Gaula, I see no reason to buy G3's or other types in that price range. G3's or similar will last longer and be more breathable over time than cheaper models and brands, but a pair of cheaper waders should last you long enough. And very good breathability is not a big issue, as almost all fishing on the Gaula is what I consider "drive-in" fishing (except for a few beats way up in the system where one has to bushwack a bit).

Hope you have a great trip!
 

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LL Bean also makes decent waders these are their mid price and high end which are still less than some of the high end waders. They also have a good return policy if you have any issues. Orvis would be another option as well as Redington as others have mentioned.
 

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I was looking at Simms at first but I saw some Patagonia are on sale now. For these models which I could get between $250~350 at the moment, which would be the pick and how would you compare them? The Patagonia Skeena River, Rio Gallegos, and Simms Freestone.

Is the Freestone less breathable than the others? I was leaning towards the Freestone wader as I got a pair of Freestone boots.

The Rio Gallegos seems to be the higher end model which is / or was, compared to Simms G4/G3?
 

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I was looking at Simms at first but I saw some Patagonia are on sale now. For these models which I could get between $250~350 at the moment, which would be the pick and how would you compare them? The Patagonia Skeena River, Rio Gallegos, and Simms Freestone.

Is the Freestone less breathable than the others? I was leaning towards the Freestone wader as I got a pair of Freestone boots.

The Rio Gallegos seems to be the higher end model which is / or was, compared to Simms G4/G3?
Crazyryan,
don‘t make yourself all too crazy because of waders. For the reduced use you have at home you talk about and this short trip you will do to Gaula, all of the mentioned waders will serve you very well. You got a lot of suggestions to choose from. Everybody made different experiences from different views, different needs and different expectations. So all the answers are like that of course.

If you have reduced the selection to decide between the Simms Freestone and the Rio Gallegos:
It’s absolutely no difference in breathability between both. Both are not GoreTex.
If you want your waders to last for as many trips as possible or further use at home, I would recommend to go with the Simms Freestone, even if you pay a little more for the moment.
I had three Rio Gallegos in short time. Two of them were leaking all too fast, one after around 20 to 30 fishing days, one around 50 fishing days. The third is still dry, around same amount of fishing days, but is in Backup use now. I bought two, got one repaired and got it back after three months, same again. With the second I refused to do a repair again.
My Freestone was dry over a very hard time of usage, more than 100 days. I would have done a self repair, but it was still in warranty. I got the new model from Simms without any questions. It’s the first time it was done by Simms like that, after all my different waders from them. I thought it would be a repair as usual and I would have been happy with it. It seems to be they do repairs only with their GoreTex waders.

Yes, I am a lucky man to spend as much time as possible close to rivers and I need a serious numbers of waders over the time.
I like Patagonia for all their clothing and equipment for mountaineering, also for their company philosophy.
But after my experiences I stay away from their waders and also a longer time now from their jackets, because of longevity and breathability I like and need for all other outdoor activities.
Of course others experiences will differ and maybe I was simply unlucky with the Rio Gallegos. But two out of three in short time, that’s not by accident.
One can have similar lack of luck with every product. And I had it once with a new Simms G3 too. But this happened once with all my Simms waders over a time of 30 years.

Choose.
If you make your decision towards the cheaper wader, no matter which label, I would recommend (and repeat myself) to invest saved money in felt sole boots with best studs. Not to be misunderstood, as long as money is a decision for you, discussing high end rods for a short trip:grin2:
I see this as the most important decision for your safety. I didn’t see you saying where you go at Gaula, but from all you said, you are not experienced in wading. The more important, if you are downstream Støren.
 

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and other wading clothing if necessary.

Hi CrazyRyan, and welcome to Norway!
I see that the topic waders is well adresseed, but no comment to "and other wading clothing if necessary"

Maybe this is too basic but here are my thaughts:
I have no experience from fishing Gaula, but I have fished other waters of same latitude in june. In this time of the year you could expect water temperature iro 50F+.
So I normally wear good wool socks and fleece trousers underneath my vaders.
For upper body I like to mix Tshirt/shirt and fleece underneath vading jacket.
For sunny day temperatures you could expect high60s to low70s, but when the sun sets you might end up with the same temperature in the air as the river.......
I strongly recomend to bring a vading jacket or rain jacket - rain is not uncommon here.......

Even if the sun sets you could expect light to be fishable 24hrs at this time of the year, if not fishing rules for the beat rules this out. You might need a headlight for tying knots at night.

I would recomend to bring polarised glasses for wading (and for spotting of fish).

Kind regards
Norse Man
 
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