Frequently Asked Questions

Find answers to commonly asked questions about Ollyskins garments and Chest Waders. Looking for further information or have a question about a product that isn’t clear here? Then please use the Chat form or contact our Sales Office by email or phone
Are the boots good sizing?

We use boots from various manufacturers although all of them are European so sizing is accurate. As a general rule, the shoe size you wear will be the same as the boot size you need to buy. However, you may choose to wear boot liners or if you intend to wear thicker socks when wearing wellingtons as many do, then choose accordingly.

Branding your Ollyskins PVC garments

PVC fabrics can be branded with your company logo providing care is taken in this process. We suggest you use a low heat setting on your heat press (usually start around 130 degrees) and a short time of about 6-8 seconds until you have established confidence in the procedure. It is also advisable to use a piece of fabric with a cut-out for the logo you are applying to ensure that the heat press does not leave marks around the logo. Ensure you always use a piece of transfer paper to avoid the heat press having direct contact with the fabric. We recommend a transfer specifically for waterproof fabrics that has a backing paper that is easily removed.

Do Ollyskins offer a Warranty Period against leaks?

Returns on Ollyskins garments and waders for leakage are virtually
non-existent due to the advanced seam welding technology we use. For
further information, please contact us on or return your product to our shipping address for a report.

Do you offer a choice of Wader Fits?

Some Ollyskins Waders are now available with different upper sizes. For example, the upper on a size 9 boot may be our original fit or a slimmer fit. For more information you can check the size chart on this website or chat to us if you need clarification.

EN ISO 20471 Hi-Vizibility Certification

We’re often asked whether our 2640 Hi-Vizibility Waders conform to the European Norm EN ISO 20471.

Whilst the design of this garment is similar to a Hi-Vizibility garment, the
product is not sold as a certified garment to EN 471 or EN ISO20471. This information is stated on our product page and further information
can be found on the Questions and Answers page on our website and within our Terms and Conditions.

Workers considering these waders for
Trackside or Off Track use should discuss the technical specification
with their health and safety managers. For further details, please contact our sales department and we will be glad to advise or update you with our current specification developments.

Protection against Oil & Grease

PVC fabrics offer a natural resistance against oil and grease due to the very nature of the fabric. We also coat some fabrics in the range with an extra laminate to increase this protection for particuarly aggressive work environments to increase the longevity of the fabric. If you have specific oils and greases we suggest you trial a garment in this environment to see how it performs. Please note that the fabrics are not chemical resistant unless the care label states this and the garments has been designed for this use. If you need further technical
information, and need some documentation, please do not hesitate to contact the Ollyskins sales department.

REACH Approved Fabrics

REACH aims to improve the protection of human health and the environment
through the better and earlier identification of the intrinsic properties of chemical substances. This is done by the four processes of REACH, namely the registration, evaluation, authorisation and restriction of chemicals. REACH also aims to enhance innovation and competitiveness of the EU chemicals industry.

Taken from EUROPE.EU
Further details at HSE.GOV

Fabrics in the Ollyskins range are REACH certified where applicable.

Use of Phthalates in PVC Fabrics

Phthalates have been thoroughly studied and reviewed by a number of
government scientific agencies and regulatory bodies world-wide and
these agencies have concluded that phthalates used in commercial
products do not pose a risk to human health at typical exposure levels.
Information collected by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
over the last 10 years indicates that, despite the fact that phthalates
are used in many products, exposure is extremely low—significantly lower
than any levels of concern set by regulatory agencies. This information
has been supplied by a producer of the PVC fabrics Ollyskins use in
their garments – for further information, please contact the sales
department on

What is the melting point of Polyurethane?

Polyurethane does not have a melting point because it is a thermosetting polymer, so when it is made, it becomes irreversibly hard. When exposed to extreme heat, polyurethane ignites and burns.


What is the melting point of PVC?

PVC starts to decompose when the temperature reaches 140 °C, with melting temperature starting around 160 °C. The linear expansion coefficient of rigid PVC is small and has good flame retardancy, the Limiting oxygen
index (LOI) being up to 45 or more.