Converting stocking foot to boot waders

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A friend of mine is allergic to neoprene and most, if not all, boot foot chest waders seem to have neoprene lined boots these days. So, we are contemplating cutting neoprene socks Off an old pair of waders and gluing them to a pair of rubber welly boots. Anyone done this and have any advice?! Alternatively, anyone know of a make of boot foot waders that don’t have any neoprene in them?

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Does he use socks?
I mean surely some kind of barrier between his feet and neoprene would be easier.
 

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Hi

Patagonia Middle Fork waders have caoutchouc socks. These waders are built for transporting in a backpack and putting them on once you arrive to the water. They are extremely packable (takes up less space than a 1.5L water bottle) and the caoutchouc socks were selected for their packability. Other advantage: it is much more resistant than neoprene and if you ever have a leak it is much easier to repair!
 

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Hi

Patagonia Middle Fork waders have caoutchouc socks. These waders are built for transporting in a backpack and putting them on once you arrive to the water. They are extremely packable (takes up less space than a 1.5L water bottle) and the caoutchouc socks were selected for their packability. Other advantage: it is much more resistant than neoprene and if you ever have a leak it is much easier to repair!

I’ve just looked at them.
They look great, especially walking into hill lochs etc.



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Cheers mate, you ll be amazed at how small they pack and weight!

What’s the socks like & do you use your normal size of wading boots with a thicker sock?


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What’s the socks like & do you use your normal size of wading boots with a thicker sock?


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I use a pair of Patagonia Yulex wading socks INSIDE the wader to provide isolation. Of very cold water I use thick mérinos plus the yulex socks inside the wader. (not sure if that could be a solution for your friend but yulex is an environment friendly alternative to neoprene - check it out on Patagonia website. I think all Patagonia waders except middle fork that has rubber socks are fitted with yulex socks rather than neoprene which would give your friend more choices - but to be confirmed with Patagonia).
 
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The last thing I would do is cut the neoprene socks off and glue wellies on the end! Surely there’s enough boot foot waders about? They’re usually discounted as well
 

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Flog the waders, get something for them while you can, after butchering they'll be worth nowt!.
Then go out and by something better suited and do the job dead reet and pay the difference !.
£ to 2d the join will leak or be so intrusive it'll drive you to distraction any way.
Pedro.
 

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I'm also allergic to neoprene. It gives off nasty chemicals when wet, triggered by perspiration. I took a break from wearing neoprene waders, then when started wearing them again, washed the inside of my waders after every period of use. The reaction has now been eliminated.
 

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The last thing I would do is cut the neoprene socks off and glue wellies on the end! Surely there’s enough boot foot waders about? They’re usually discounted as well

Nearly all of them have neoprene lining in the boots!
 

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Flog the waders, get something for them while you can, after butchering they'll be worth nowt!.
Then go out and by something better suited and do the job dead reet and pay the difference !.
£ to 2d the join will leak or be so intrusive it'll drive you to distraction any way.
Pedro.
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I use a pair of Patagonia Yulex wading socks INSIDE the wader to provide isolation. Of very cold water I use thick mérinos plus the yulex socks inside the wader. (not sure if that could be a solution for your friend but yulex is an environment friendly alternative to neoprene - check it out on Patagonia website. I think all Patagonia waders except middle fork that has rubber socks are fitted with yulex socks rather than neoprene which would give your friend more choices - but to be confirmed with Patagonia).

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That sounds like an interesting idea, however I think that you don’t understand how the whole thing works. You can do boots from whatever you want, that’s right, but I would think twice, because it’s a matter of time when you will start to experience problems because of the material or because of the commodity of your shoes. If you want a professional approach here, that’s for you Footwear Testing Machine. This footwear testing machine will make sure that your boots will not cause you harm over time. It’s completely fine to experiment with you shoes in the fishing industry, just be careful!
 

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That sounds like an interesting idea, however I think that you don’t understand how the whole thing works. You can do boots from whatever you want, that’s right, but I would think twice, because it’s a matter of time when you will start to experience problems because of the material or because of the commodity of your shoes. If you want a professional approach here, that’s for you Footwear Testing Machine. This footwear testing machine will make sure that your boots will not cause you harm over time. It’s completely fine to experiment with you shoes in the fishing industry, just be careful!
Where can I find some more feedback?
 

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Have you tried doing a search for "hypoallergenic bootfoot waders" surely someone makes them. Perhaps putting a plastic bag with a rubber band to hold them up over your socks would help? I would look into hypoallergenic scuba gear too. A pair of pants or farmer johns might work. Then just wear a pair of light nylon pants or long shorts over them.
 
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