Neoprene, to many consumers is usually associated with Wetsuits and we’re often asked to clarify the properties it gives when used in the Ollyskins Neoprene Chest Waders.
The key property of Neoprene is the ability to keep the wearer warm. Produced using a foam inner with a laminated outer service, neoprene retains body heat which insulates the wearer whilst in water for long periods of time and during the colder months of the year. This property of neoprene will out-perform all other fabrics used in in Waders.
Warmth is of interest to Anglers particularly in the winter months. For Industrial wearers the benefit of warmth would include river contractors, environmental agencies, and fish farmers.
However, as may be expected, this property can also be detrimental during the summer months and cause heat build-up in the wearer. As such, we often find that wearers who regularly wear waders, will own both Neoprene and PVC/Breathable waders and wear the most appropriate according to the weather conditions.
On donning a Neoprene Wader, a wearer will quickly notice the closeness of fit in comparison to a PVC or Breathable wader. In the case of Wetsuits, where the garment is very closely fitted, the neoprene is often regarded as a ‘second skin’.
This property allows significantly improved mobility for the wearer where freedom of movement is needed for the task in hand.
Neoprene is highly buoyant which can be considered as a safety feature for Industrial wearers or where waders are provided for company use.
Neoprene is a substantial material and is used in water sports clothing in a variety of thicknesses from 3mm to 7mm. At Ollyskins we typically use 5mm neoprene for our Chest Waders with a laminated outer fabric on both sides. These outer laminations can be
For areas on a garment including knee patches, where additional abrasion can be an issue we apply an additional layer of Abrasion resistant fabric to improve the longevity of the garment. Other neoprene fabrics that are available include Kevlar and Armatex outer laminations for puncture protection and Contrast colours for additional visibility.
Some owners of Neoprene waders have claimed lifespans of up to 20 years as neoprene is easily repaired using instant bond adhesive and repair patches.