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Old 08-04-2011, 03:26 PM   #1
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I was wondering if anyone knows of a local place that makes custom waders. I cannot find waders that fit over my calves. I also have really wide feet and a high arch. (My lovely wife refers to them as Fred Flintstone feet.)
I have tried all sizes that I could find at Fisherman's and checked West Marine and a couple of sporting goods stores. I did a search and found Simms, but was hoping for somewhere local where I could go in and be fitted. I have had to do the same thing for my wetsuits and drysuit.
Thanks.

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Old 08-04-2011, 04:21 PM   #2
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Contact Simms.
I believe that they do custom work but be prepared for sticker shock.

On the upside, I have a pair (Simms Guide Weight) circa 2000 and they are still going strong.
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Old 08-04-2011, 04:26 PM   #3
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google big camo, can't try em on but the prices are fairly reasonable. They're not all camo.
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Old 08-04-2011, 04:50 PM   #4
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I was wondering if anyone knows of a local place that makes custom waders. I cannot find waders that fit over my calves. I also have really wide feet and a high arch. (My lovely wife refers to them as Fred Flintstone feet.)
I have tried all sizes that I could find at Fisherman's and checked West Marine and a couple of sporting goods stores. I did a search and found Simms, but was hoping for somewhere local where I could go in and be fitted. I have had to do the same thing for my wetsuits and drysuit.
Thanks.
If you are looking for a winter pair have the outfit that makes your wet suits make you one.

Years ago I had Seal-line suits make me a custom set of neoprene waders.

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Old 08-04-2011, 05:27 PM   #5
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Check out Dan Bailey. I'm 6'7" and ain't skinny and sz 15 shoe and they had a pair that fit me.
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Old 08-04-2011, 08:39 PM   #6
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usia drysuit waders. good priced and tough. custom sizing
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Old 08-04-2011, 09:36 PM   #7
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Contact Simms.
I believe that they do custom work but be prepared for sticker shock.

On the upside, I have a pair (Simms Guide Weight) circa 2000 and they are still going strong.
Been in mine since 2001, 50+ days a year and still going strong.
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Old 08-05-2011, 06:50 AM   #8
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usia drysuit waders. good priced and tough. custom sizing
Local outfit, does good work from what I here and made tough.
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Old 08-05-2011, 07:34 AM   #9
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I was wondering if anyone knows of a local place that makes custom waders. I cannot find waders that fit over my calves. I also have really wide feet and a high arch. (My lovely wife refers to them as Fred Flintstone feet.)
I have tried all sizes that I could find at Fisherman's and checked West Marine and a couple of sporting goods stores. I did a search and found Simms, but was hoping for somewhere local where I could go in and be fitted. I have had to do the same thing for my wetsuits and drysuit.
Thanks.
Many years ago before you could find breathable waders with any regularity I decided to sew myself a pair made out of Gore-tex. It was a labor of love, but when they were done I was so happy. I was able to pick out my own color fabric and sew them to fit me. And they turned out really great! Not one leak, and I used them for years.

I hope you're able to find someone local to make you a pair of custom-fit waders. I'm shopping for a new pair of waders myself. I don't have the time or energy to undertake sewing a new pair so will buy off-the-shelf. But custom-fit waders are really, really nice.
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Old 08-05-2011, 12:21 PM   #10
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Thanks for the suggestions.
I checked with Simms and they don't do true customizing anymore. They do more of mix and match parts of stock waders like boots & legs.
I am going to see Lana at USIA. They made my custom drysuit and it is awesome. Everything they make is really high quality and I like to support local manufacturing. I didn't know that they made waders as well, but with a deeper search I found them in their website.
Thanks again.
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