How to fix leaky waders!
The summer break can be the ideal time to fix leaky waders, so here’s a few tips from our experience:
- Hang the waders up, inside out on the clothesline.
- Fill one leg with 5-10 litres of water
- Now pick up the leg of water, and place a hand either side of the area you want to test, with the water trapped between.
- Twist each hand like your wrapping a lolly, which will pressurise the water, pushing it through any leaks in the leg. These leaks (especially seam-leaks) won’t show unless you put them under pressure! Mark the leak(s) with a pen or texta.
- Once one leg is done, transfer the water to the other leg and test.
- We put all our fixes on the outside of the wader by preference: use Seamgrip for leaky seams, or in flexible areas such as the cuff above the gravel guard. UV Wader Repair is great for pinholes and small tears; it’s not meant to be a permanent fix, but it lasts us a season or so before we peal it off and put a new coat on. Even better, UV Wader Repair can be applied straight to wet waders!
- For large rips such as barbwire tears, put a backing behind the leak first. We use ‘Tenacious Tape’ patches, which are super-sticky, on everything from waders to rafts! On the outside of the wader/patch simply fill with Seamgrip or UV Wader Repair.
Seamseal, UV Aquaseal / wader repair and Tenacious Tape are all available from Aspire Adventure Equipment in York Street Launceston,
We own most brand of waders in our guiding set-up. From Simms to Patagonia to Orvis, they all have their issues from time to time, but simple maintenance will keep them going through plenty of hard use.