I agree with this 100%. Patagonia doesn't get the Kudos they deserve...I have zero affiliation with them and will suggest them as my top choice for waders all day long. In my experience, they last as long (or longer) as any of their competitors...and when you do have a problem, they will take care of you. I think Simms makes great products as well, but the last pair of Simms waders I owned, I had the same type of experience as Slip n Slide had...was blamed for condition when in reality, they weren't exactly "old" or "abused" by any stretch...goodbye Simms. Patagonia treats you like they want to keep you as a customer, and they have done exactly that.