Korkers™ boots are far and away our all time favorite boots (we REALLY like the River Ops™ and Devil’s Canyon™ model), and we can’t recommend them more highly than by offering them for sale alongside our own brand of DRYFT™ waders.
They’re lightweight, durable, functional, fit our waders well and all come with interchangeable soles. Being able to swap between rubber, felt, studs, and more to match the conditions and allowable materials (felt is banned in some areas) is clutch.
We’re pleased to announce new reusable products, in partnership with Recycled Waders. We’re taking unsellable returns and upcycling them into new and reusable bags and totes. By partnering with Recycled Waders we’re teaming up to bring circular life to old waders, keeping materials out of the landfill, and putting them back in consumers hands as long term reusable products.
The Process of Upcycling Fly Fishing Waders
The upcycling process for waders
When faced with the dilemma of what to do with the unsellable returns we’re receiving, we decided on teaming up with Recycled Waders to turn them into sweet new upcycled and reusable products. Each unsellable wader that comes back still has lots of usable materials, between the fabrics themselves, zippers, and buckles. Each piece is assessed for usability, processed and cleaned before being repurposed into a new item.
How the waders are collected, cleaned, and repurposed
The materials we’re using to make these reusable upcycled products come from returns that are in unsellable condition, warranty (defective) products, and excess materials from production. They are often used, dirty and damaged. The first step is to put them through a thorough cleaning process. Each wader that is deemed unsellable and fit for upcycling is cut into usable portions, and then laundered in commercial laundry machines.
The tops of standard waders make great tote bags. By utilizing them in their mostly original form they can turned into functional tote bags for carrying gear to the car, or groceries to the house. The leftover material from the legs work great to create smaller items like the accessories pouch. An emphasis is put on reusing as many materials as possible, but each upcycled product does need some raw materials required, such as thread, webbing, finishes and some zippers.
Making bags, wallets, and other accessories from old waders
Recycled Waders has been at this game for a long time. We leaned on their expertise to come up with an intro line of two items – a tote bag and a small accessories pouch. The tote bag is great for holding waders, boots, and clothing, and also makes a perfect grocery getter. The accessories pouch fits a bunch of fly reels, tackle, or works great as a toiletries kit for travelling.
Benefits of Upcycling Fly Fishing Waders
Environmental and economic benefits of upcycling
We are choosing to do this as a way to keep materials out of the landfill, and put them back into serviceable use as new products. Creating new materials incurs environmental and economic cost, so keeping those materials in use for as long as possible helps reduce the carbon footprint of that material. Additionally, a reusable bag in theory can help eliminate the use of single use plastic or paper bags.
By minimizing waste, reducing the use of non-renewable resources, and promoting the use of reusable products, the circular economy can help mitigate the negative environmental impact of consumption. This can help us all save costs as well by reducing the amount of waste generated and by minimizing the dependence on virgin materials. We hope you enjoyed this information, and for further product information please visit the links below.
Tap into your inner Farmer John in the new SEEKR Convertible Waders
Based on the popular OG S14 waders the new mid-weight SEEKR waders convert from chest high to waist highs in a snap. The new SEEKR Convertible Waders are fully constructed of our mid-weight four-layer breathable and 100% waterproof DWR coated fabric in ‘denim’ print. Made for your next quick and light fishing mission.
The new Sun Wizard UPF hoodie is here. Featuring a full printed water camouflage pattern that blends into the background for stealthy ambush approaches on the flats, river, or while boat fishing. This UPF shirt is comfortable, and keeps you safe from harmful UV radiation from the sun.
UPF 50+ solar protection.
Antimicrobial and moisture wicking microfiber polyester.
The BKCNTRY fishing hip pack is a pint sized bomber of a waterproof pack designed for comfort and utility. The 5 liter main compartment rolls down to be watertight, and allows easy access with clips on each side. Inside the main compartment are inner mesh pockets to help compartmentalize your small items. Continue reading…
Rain, sleet, snow. Say hello to our little friend, the Women’s Primo Rain Jacket.
The Primo Rain Jacket for women excels at keeping you dry on those hardcore bad weather days, and has all of the features and stash pockets you need for a full day on the water. This full length fishing jacket is designed to be worn with chest waders, wading pants, rain pants, or just by itself.
Constructed of strong yet breathable submersion rated 3 layer nylon fabrics, it is made to keep you dry and comfortable all day and features six large pockets to stash gear, along with water resistant pit zip openings to vent excess heat.
This is a top of the line rain jacket that excels at keeping you dry all day no matter the conditions. Recommended for all uses including with full waders, wading pants, rain pants, or just by itself.
You can’t buy happiness, but you can buy this jacket. Which is pretty much the same thing.
Based on the popular OG Session wading pants the new mid-weight SEEKR wading pants are your go-to option for your next quick and dirty fishing mission. The DRYFT Session SEEKR wading pants are constructed of mid-weight breathable four-layer 100% waterproof and DWR (Durable Water Repellent) coated fabric. The minimalist street inspired design and style puts them a notch above the rest. Be natural.
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Designed with comfort in mind, the Primo Zip Guide Edition waders use a high quality TIZIP® waterproof main zipper to help take the production out of mid fishing session bathroom breaks, and makes getting in and out of your favorite pair of waders oh so easy. Scope this video for all the deets on the new Primo Zip waders.