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LLBean Breathable bootfoot waders: Flyweight II or Emerger??


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#1 SurfGazer

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Posted June 18 2009 - 10:14 AM

Yet another question about the waders ...

I've been using my Cabelas Three-forks wader in the last 3 seasons, good waders and it's still working perfectly fine (no leaks), but it does get a little bit uncomfortable when the weather gets warmer since it's not breathable.

I've got a $100 GC card from the llbean and thinking to get a breathable bootfoot for warm weather situation. Found 2 of them on their site:

1. Flyweight II boot-foot for $99
2. Emerger boot-foot for $159

So is this Emerger really much better than the $60 cheaper Flyweight II? Anyone tried both of them and is willing to share some comments?

Thanks in advance!

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Posted June 18 2009 - 10:22 AM

I've never tried the Flyweights, but got a pair of Emergers this year. Got tired of the leaks on Orvis silver labels. The Emergers have been good so far. Comfy and fairly rugged. Seem to be well made. The warranty is good on all the LL Beans, so that's why I chose them. I think they all leak after a while, so it's good to know that they will stand behind them.
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Posted June 18 2009 - 10:37 AM

Flyweights aren't "breathable". The Emergers are. I've had two pairs of Emergers, the first last a year of hard fishing, the second lasted one trip - go figure. At least their return policy is one of the best out there.
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Posted June 18 2009 - 10:46 AM


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Flyweights aren't "breathable"...





Really?! The product description says "Improved breathability and fit", so I thought it was breathable. Hmmm, I'll need to talk to llbean's customer service first.

Thanks for the info.

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Posted June 18 2009 - 10:51 AM

i have the emergers and really like them. they are light and the boot fits nicely so long walks are not a problem. i have had them for a little less than a year and will be exchanging them out tonight because they have a damp spot that forms in the crotch. i think it is because the waders themselves are a tad bit too small for me and have gotten stretched when i squad down to land fish and crawl on gettys and such. but my foot is small, so i cant get a bigger wader size. oh well, that why i bought the beans. they were a huge improvement from my hodgemans---although they were bullet proof and repairable with some rubber cement.


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Posted March 22 2010 - 12:12 PM

BUMP!!

I am looking for some new bootfoot waders and can't decide between the Emergers and the Flyweights. Do any of you guys own a pair??

The Emerger now sell for about $200 and the Flyweights $129

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Posted March 22 2010 - 2:21 PM

definately go emergers, my wholefamily has them. great waders with great warranty. i use them as well in cold conditions with alittle extra clothing. love them !!!!
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Posted March 22 2010 - 2:48 PM

I have the flyweights, and like them. I believe they are breathable as well, at least they sure seem like it and it says it in the product description. They very light, comfortable, and fairly cheap as well. With their return policy you can't go wrong.

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Posted March 22 2010 - 3:37 PM

I had the bootfoot emergers when they were 159. Great waders.

The "new" ($199) bootfoot emerger now has a rubber sole boot, instead of the felt. Im not sure what else is new on it but if I had to do the bootfoots again, I would probably still go with them.

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Posted March 22 2010 - 4:00 PM

Put a few hundred miles and a thousand hours on the helix waders
and they are still like new The only wear is the rust on the lace hook grommets.

Other than that not even a skuff in the fabric after crawling on jetty rocks, sod banks and montauk

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Posted March 22 2010 - 4:09 PM

I went thru 2 pairs of Hodgeman Wadelite (in 2 years) and finaly ordered a pair of Emerger Stockingfoot yesterday. I'm sure it will be much better but as many have said, its a piece of mind with the warranty. BTW, Hodgeman have not return my emails about my leaking waders....

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Posted March 22 2010 - 4:42 PM


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I went thru 2 pairs of Hodgeman Wadelite (in 2 years) and finaly ordered a pair of Emerger Stockingfoot yesterday. I'm sure it will be much better but as many have said, its a piece of mind with the warranty. BTW, Hodgeman have not return my emails about my leaking waders....





Yes I went through a pair of Hodgemans too about 2 years ago. Try calling their customer service number. They replaced my wader and even my boots I sent in. However I want to go bootfoot this year.

Stockingfoot waders are a PITA at times especailly when you get little sand in them. They are also annoying to take off and put on....they stay wet and dont dry very fast.

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Posted March 22 2010 - 4:47 PM

I had the Emergers for a season and while I really liked them, I hated the fact that they had no belt loops so my wading belt will always slide up and it'd be very uncomfortable.
I just got a new pair of LL Bean Rapid River and they look and feel much sturdier than the Emergers and they have belt loops and a hand-warming pouch (LL Bean has a 20% off fishing gear so they came out to $151)

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Posted March 22 2010 - 7:51 PM


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I had the Emergers for a season and while I really liked them, I hated the fact that they had no belt loops so my wading belt will always slide up and it'd be very uncomfortable.
I just got a new pair of LL Bean Rapid River and they look and feel much sturdier than the Emergers and they have belt loops and a hand-warming pouch (LL Bean has a 20% off fishing gear so they came out to $151)





Hmmm I tried using the 20% off on the Flyweight waders but it did not apply to it.

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Posted March 22 2010 - 8:55 PM

I've got the emergers. They're good for the price. The boots could be a little lighter.


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