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What do you wear under your waders? Never duck hunted before. I'm a big guy with big feet, concerned about them fitting if I have to wear thick socks or pants to keep warm. Hunting western WA, doesn't usually get below the mid-20's for temps.

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from fliphuntr14 wrote 1 year 25 weeks ago

its a fleece suit from shoulders to feet (hooks around feet and zips from belt up. i call it a onesy its made by Hodgeman. warm and comfortable.

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from clinchknot wrote 1 year 25 weeks ago

Exactly..ask a ski dude what they wear. You do not want anything that soaks up moisture, and you do not want anything that is bulky. You want a thin fitting, poly long john that will not soak up water..it "Wicks away" moisture from your skin. They just need to be kept clean. Walk around putting out deeks, and you feel like your waders leak if you have something like cotton next to your skin. And the less expensive? What they call "pile", or "fleece". It is a polypropelene. I get the free jackets, and pullover fleece garmets when I pay for my Ducks Unlimited Membership. The stuff feels great, and I can wear it in a light rain. They have much more expensive high tech chemical formulations now that will be 3 times the cost of fleece that work as well.

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from danno77 wrote 1 year 25 weeks ago

I like UA Cold Gear, sweatpants and Smartwool socks.

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from danno77 wrote 1 year 25 weeks ago

I like UA Cold Gear, sweatpants and Smartwool socks.

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from DakotaMan wrote 1 year 25 weeks ago

Depending on how cold it is, I use cotton long Johns under my jeans and wool socks. If it is below about 15 degrees, I add thermal long Johns and another pair of wool socks over those. Be prepared to take them off if you fall through the ice or get swept away in current. You can't pull yourself out with the weight of the water in your waders. Too many clothes under your waders may prevent you from shedding them in these situations so be careful.

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from HuskyKMA wrote 1 year 25 weeks ago

Awesome guys, thanks! Like I said, normally not too cold here in the winters but it's definitely cool and wet.

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from WA Mtnhunter wrote 1 year 25 weeks ago

Anything I wear under waders is polyproplene or fleece. I never wear anything cotton under waders or when the temperature is under 50 degrees.

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from clinchknot wrote 1 year 25 weeks ago

WAM..U is a hunter...cotton is a no-no. You can fall in and take a dunkin in relatively warm weather, and get hypothermia if the wind is blowing wearing cotton next to you. And sweat from burning calories with cotton next to your skin? You feel clammy all day. It doesn't wick away. I can take polypro, or fleece, squeeze what water is in it if I take a dunkin, or in the rain with it, and the water is gone.

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from clinchknot wrote 1 year 25 weeks ago

Exactly..ask a ski dude what they wear. You do not want anything that soaks up moisture, and you do not want anything that is bulky. You want a thin fitting, poly long john that will not soak up water..it "Wicks away" moisture from your skin. They just need to be kept clean. Walk around putting out deeks, and you feel like your waders leak if you have something like cotton next to your skin. And the less expensive? What they call "pile", or "fleece". It is a polypropelene. I get the free jackets, and pullover fleece garmets when I pay for my Ducks Unlimited Membership. The stuff feels great, and I can wear it in a light rain. They have much more expensive high tech chemical formulations now that will be 3 times the cost of fleece that work as well.

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from DakotaMan wrote 1 year 25 weeks ago

Depending on how cold it is, I use cotton long Johns under my jeans and wool socks. If it is below about 15 degrees, I add thermal long Johns and another pair of wool socks over those. Be prepared to take them off if you fall through the ice or get swept away in current. You can't pull yourself out with the weight of the water in your waders. Too many clothes under your waders may prevent you from shedding them in these situations so be careful.

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from fliphuntr14 wrote 1 year 25 weeks ago

its a fleece suit from shoulders to feet (hooks around feet and zips from belt up. i call it a onesy its made by Hodgeman. warm and comfortable.

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from danno77 wrote 1 year 25 weeks ago

I like UA Cold Gear, sweatpants and Smartwool socks.

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from danno77 wrote 1 year 25 weeks ago

I like UA Cold Gear, sweatpants and Smartwool socks.

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from HuskyKMA wrote 1 year 25 weeks ago

Awesome guys, thanks! Like I said, normally not too cold here in the winters but it's definitely cool and wet.

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from WA Mtnhunter wrote 1 year 25 weeks ago

Anything I wear under waders is polyproplene or fleece. I never wear anything cotton under waders or when the temperature is under 50 degrees.

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from clinchknot wrote 1 year 25 weeks ago

WAM..U is a hunter...cotton is a no-no. You can fall in and take a dunkin in relatively warm weather, and get hypothermia if the wind is blowing wearing cotton next to you. And sweat from burning calories with cotton next to your skin? You feel clammy all day. It doesn't wick away. I can take polypro, or fleece, squeeze what water is in it if I take a dunkin, or in the rain with it, and the water is gone.

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