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I am looking for a dry pant that is super rugged as I will be using it for both boating and wade fishing, any advice would be huge, thanks!
 

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Kokatat goretex bibs, have them add a heavy wear layer on the seat and knees (may come that way anyway, cant remember) gonna cost you, but will serve two purposes well, will last, has a lifetime warranty, and will be comfy.
 

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My advice - only go for bib type dry pants with the roll together closure - they are way drier than the pants without the roll together closure. Second - Kokatat customer service has been amazing for me so I recommend their stuff.
 

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Trying to use gear for dual purpose as I need dry pant and waders but do not have money for both. Trad. waders could kill if worn as dry pant on whitewater and dry-pants are often not rugged enough to walk through undebrush and will easily tear...
 

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Seems like a pretty good opportunity for dual use- the difference between good waders and good dry pants is pretty much the ability to roll them with a dry top.


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Trying to use gear for dual purpose as I need dry pant and waders but do not have money for both. Trad. waders could kill if worn as dry pant on whitewater and dry-pants are often not rugged enough to walk through undebrush and will easily tear...
Only if water gets in the top. Really, what's the difference between waders and pants?
 

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Waders are sealed- pants are tightly closed. I don't think the wader use will be enjoyable.....a slow trickle of cold water is worse in my mind than just wading wet.

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If you are a kayaker waders and a dry top are nearly 100 %dry if your skirt has a tight chimney. Dry top only as a rafter and you are asking to fill up and potentially sink.


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Waders are sealed- pants are tightly closed. I don't think the wader use will be enjoyable.....a slow trickle of cold water is worse in my mind than just wading wet.

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Not really. Drypants with socks instead of gaskets are functionally no different than sock foot waders, unless of course they are equipped to mate with a drytop. I dont think anyone would reccomend pants without socks for this use.
 

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Except pants with sock can potentially fill up and drown you. bibs are much safer. Avoive pants with socks at all costs
 

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Except pants with sock can potentially fill up and drown you. bibs are much safer. Avoive pants with socks at all costs

I think all that have been suggested have been bibs. I've see the socks being more dangerous than gasketed pants a lot, and it has never made sense. I have a pair of drypants with gaskets- I assure you that any water in the pants is not leaving. I'm assuming the argument is that you could stick a finger in the gasket, and pull it open to drain? Would only drain what water is above the water line- for example, pants are full of water- if person is floating down the river, pants full of water, and reaches down and is able to pull gasket open, nothing will happen. If they can get to shore, and stand in knee deep water- then pull gasket open, water will drain to knee. This is all assuming you can get a finger in the gasket, which I'm pretty sure I couldn't do in an on river situation.

Drypants, whether with socks or gaskets, share the same risk. Which if mated with a top, is pretty minimal. Of course a bib is even less likely to fill with water, but I dont think theres a drypant out there doesn't have a neoprene waist or something that will minimize water entry- not neccesarily dry, but even without a top, they aren't really going to fill up- water pressure presses them against the legs, and there is no longer a big space to fill with water.
 

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Wear a wading belt- this has been discussed ad nauseum- water weighs the same inside as outside. Full waders do not "pull you down". It is a wives tale- an open top catching the current will drag you in- but once you are in, the boots you are wearing are more of a liability than water in your waders. A PFD makes it even less of a concern.

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Thanks for the advice!! Are there any brand suggestions aside from the kokatat bibs? I like the heay duty nature. I am thinking of trying out the patagonia gore canyon pant, any thoughts?
 

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Well, they're not 'dry' pants. they're splash pants from NRS. I paid the $150 for the upgraded more durable 'Edge' pants. After wearing them every day for two weeks, I concluded they are no better than their $99 pants.
 

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Hey Y'all,



I am looking for a dry pant that is super rugged as I will be using it for both boating and wade fishing, any advice would be huge, thanks!

What size are you looking for? I have a pair that has never been used. Kokatat, I think they're large?


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