No matter how durable your waders are, a bit of wear and tear can be unavoidable. But just because you’ve found a hole somewhere, doesn’t mean you need to get a brand-new pair of waders. There are plenty of repair kits on the market that offer the necessary materials to permanently fix rips and patch leaks in waders made of fabrics like neoprene and nylon. To help ensure you find the right product to mend your fishing or hunting gear, FN did some research and rounded up some top options out there.
1. Tear-Aid Fabric Repair Kit
In this kit, you get three see-through adhesive patches made of super-strong, flexible elastomer that resist punctures and tearing, reinforcement filament for repairing edges, alcohol prep pads and illustrated instructions.
Pros: The patches are designed to conform to irregular surfaces and are UV resistant to prevent yellowing over time. They won’t turn gummy in high heat and can easily be trimmed to adjust the size.
Cons: While the patches are transparent, they’re still somewhat visible.
2. Gear Aid Aquaseal FD Repair Kit
This kit contains a .25 oz tube of Aquaseal FD adhesive, two flexible and waterproof three-inch Tenacious Tape round patches, an application brush and instructions.
Pros: The thermoset urethane repair adhesive permanently sticks to surfaces and dries clearly. The patches are flexible enough to bend with neoprene and other fabrics.
Cons: The glue may be messy at times.
3. SG-20 Adhesive Repair Kit
This kit features one cartridge with polyurethane adhesive, one plunger, three mixing tips and contouring plastic for smoothing out repairs.
Pros: The adhesive sets in just 1 minute and you can use waders again in 1 hour.
Cons: It works so fast that if you don’t push it out quickly enough, it may dry inside the mix tip.
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