Proper Care and Maintenance of Breathable Waders

Proper Care and Maintenance of Breathable Waders

Breathable waders have totally changed the wader market since their arrival on the fishing scene. 

Neoprene waders were the normal outfit for anglers for a number of years they did perform well keeping people dry, they were quite durable and they were warm, which was less than desirable when the warm days of spring or summer happened.

Then along came breathable waders. Breathable waders are more comfortable to wear and easier to get in and out than a pair of neoprene waders. Breathable waders now dominate the wader market and have a long list of advantages or their predecessors. Check out our selection of Simms waders and Patagonia Swiftcurrent Expedition waders.

One thing that is not done as often as it should be is proper care and maintenance.  Your waders will not only smell better but they will also perform better and last longer with proper care.

Properly Drying Your Breathable Waders

The first important thing to do in wader maintenance happens after fishing by hanging up your waders to ensure they fully dry out. Not doing so can lead to mold or mildew, especially on the inside of the wader not only is this kind of gross but it can lead to material failure. Plus, if the waders ever did need to be sent into the manufacturer for warranty or repair, they will not deal with mold or mildew, so no wader help for you. 

Cleaning Your Breathable Waders

Keeping your waders clean is important as dirt can get into the pores of the fabric which can compromise them.  We are not saying you need to clean your waders after every day of fishing but doing them a couple times a year can go a long way to keeping them performing at their best.

Fishing Wader Care

Treating Your Waders with Revivex

Using Gear Aid’s Revivex Pro Cleaner is highly recommended as it is manufactured specifically to clean breathable fabrics. 

We recommend hand washing your waders, but they can be done in a washing machine, however we do not like the way a washing machine twists and bunches the waders especially the stocking feet.  Once the waders have been cleaned they should be treated with Gear Aid’s Revivex Wash in Water Repellent or Gear Aid’s Durable Spray on Water Repellent.

This helps to restore the DWR (durable water repellency) coating on the waders.  You’ll notice when a new pair of waders or breathable jacket the water just beads right off and doesn’t absorb as time goes on that affect goes away and it will look more like the water is absorbing this is because the DWR has worn away. 

Gear Aid Revivex

Gear Aid Revivex Pro Cleaner

Gear Aid Wash in Water Repellent

Gear Aid Revivex Wash In Water Repellent

Gear Aid Durable Spray on Water Repellent

Gear Aid Durable Spray On Water Repellent

The Revivex Water Repellent helps to restore this DWR coating and helps bring back your waders back to life. 

A little care and maintenance can go a long way to keep your waders happy and fishing longer.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us by email, by phone at 604-931-5044 or stop by the shop at #110 1140 Austin Avenue in Coquitlam BC.

Good luck on the water.

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