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Neoprene hip wader longevity

cabelas neoprene hip wader modelI forgot to mention that the new neoprene hip waders have the Cabelas brand name.

The neoprene material seems much better suited for this application than the previous rubber hip waders. I think the rubber dried out a bit and started cracking which caused small leaks.

Neoprene cost a lot more...these were close to 100 dollars, but well worth it if they last twice as long as the rubber ones.

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Neoprene is a synthetic rubber. It is more resistant against environmental degradation than natural rubber and some other synthetic elastomers. But some substances that you'll find in the household like petrol, motor oil, bleach and urine will degrade it.

Waders and wet- and drysuits are usually made from foamed neoprene. The gas bubbles in the foam provide insulation.

Comment by Roland_Smith Sat Jun 22 18:31:28 2013

I've been looking to get a pair for the Hubby to do work in our stream and was hoping for some trusted recommendations. Thanks!

Cheers, Karen

Comment by Karen Sun Jun 23 05:37:51 2013

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