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SIMMS Freestone or Redington Sonic Pro

Postby DubL HauL » January 30th, 2017, 2:15 pm

Thinking about replacing the old Hodgman's. I was planning on checking out Redington Sonic Pro but the shop(s) don't seem to carry them or the size I think I might fit but they have SIMMS Freestone. Before I make the drive anyone have pro and cons they'd like to share?
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Re: SIMMS Freestone or Redington Sonic Pro

Postby clee » January 30th, 2017, 5:30 pm

Neither. If you look hard enough last year's Simms headwaters are on sale for roughly the same price or cheaper than the freestone. Headwaters are goretex and US made.
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Re: SIMMS Freestone or Redington Sonic Pro

Postby tomsakai » January 30th, 2017, 7:55 pm

Andy, check these out:

http://www.mrfc.com/clearance/wading-gear/

I haven't bought waders from them but have bought other items and been very satisfied with their service.
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Re: SIMMS Freestone or Redington Sonic Pro

Postby fly addict » January 30th, 2017, 11:01 pm

Andy,
I have a pair of Sonic pro pants that I have used for several years without any problems. I also have a pair of Simms G3 waders that are 12 years old and have a ton of use and are still going strong. I did have Simms do some repairs on them last year. Simms repair service is great and they stand behind their products.They really rebuilt my waders with new booties, re-sealed the seams, fixed all the pinholes and replaced the shoulder straps for $75 including shipping. They are like new again. I think the Simms are more comfortable and fit better overall. Go to a shop that has both in stock and try them on, then decide which you like best. Eather will be a lot better than your old Hodgmans.
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Re: SIMMS Freestone or Redington Sonic Pro

Postby DubL HauL » January 31st, 2017, 8:26 am

Thanks for the input fella's Tom those were some great sales! I like my SIMMS boots and they have been good about replacing the soles so that is definitely a consideration.
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Re: SIMMS Freestone or Redington Sonic Pro

Postby Wildman » January 31st, 2017, 9:12 am

Certainly buy what you can afford....both you mentioned are good products. I have what became the Freestone waders and have used them for almost four years now and love them. I had a cheaper pair for a number of years that I sent in and they gave me these on a warranty for no cost. I really have no complaints and I don't pamper them.
I will continue to buy Simms because of the good warranty experience I have had but Redington has a similar program as well.
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Re: SIMMS Freestone or Redington Sonic Pro

Postby Papasequoia » February 1st, 2017, 11:50 am

I had a different experience with Simms repair service-very negative. I'll never buy their waders again. I switched to Redington and love them. The zipper is a nice addition too. Just my .02
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Re: SIMMS Freestone or Redington Sonic Pro

Postby DubL HauL » February 2nd, 2017, 6:02 pm

Papa I hear you on the zipper, my hodgmans have one and I've gotten used to the convenience. So much easier to meet relief.
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Re: SIMMS Freestone or Redington Sonic Pro

Postby atomicfly » March 3rd, 2017, 1:51 pm

Try the waders on first of course, it may be a moot point. I always thought, in the back of my mind, that at some point I would go down the Simms-hole for waders, but when they were closing out the Blackfoot model, I found none of the sizes fit me well. Legs were too tight for comfort. when the legs fit well, the waders were too long and big. I even tried their top of the line model plus the Freestones i think, just to double check. Nope.

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SIMMS Freestone or Redington Sonic Pro

Postby Rasputinj » March 3rd, 2017, 8:06 pm

I have both Sonic and Simms wading pants. The sonic pants are a little thinner. It is better in the summer but not as good for bush walking.


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