I have been wanting to do this for a while and a post from another blog inspired me to do post of my own. The blog was called Troutbugs and the main complaint is most of the reviews the author has read have been obviously biassed. I'm going to try to change all that with these reviews of things I've bought this year. My reviews will go over the good the bad and the ugly with no true loyalty to a specific brand. The only thing I will warn readers about now is I am cheap. My purchases are usually based on price, reviews or word of mouth.
wader fiasco you know I was on the lookout for new waders. Sierra Trading post had a sale on Redington Crosswater Chest Waders for $40. I jumped on those and when I got them I thought they weren't going to hold up right away. My previous waders were LL Bean and seemed to be made out of a more durable material. I've used the Redington waders about 5 times now and I've noticed a few things. I thought the material was weak because it was thinner than the LL Bean waders. What I realized was the thin material made the waders light and they were just as durable as the Bean's. They became so comfortable I forgot I was wearing them. The bad about them is they do not come with a wading belt. There is a draw string around the top but I really wished they came with a belt. It's not a huge deal I have something else that works as a belt.
Chota's. They kept raving about how long they last and how comfortable they were. After about the 6th person I decided to give them a go. The boots fit great and felt more like an actual shoe than the run of the mill wading boot. They run $75 and they seem well made. On my first fishing trip trying them out I didn't have thick socks to wear in them. I wore my normal thin socks and some neoprene booties. The boots felt great until the inner soles started to slide around. I can't stand that. I just kept seeing the Simms rep from the fly show in my mind telling me how the Simms inner soles are nailed down and prevent this. I'm going to try super gluing the soles or using gel soles or something. I'll live with it for now and other than that I have no complaints about the boots. The felt of the sole performs great and the fit of the boot is comfortable.
Cliff Bugger Barn and decided to pick it up for $22. I have been happy with it so far but you can only put so many large poppers in the box. I think I'll never go away from bass fishing with a back pack. I like the comfort of having all my bass flies with me. The box is sturdy and the foam is decent. I'm not too sure these boxes are any more special than a plain old Plano box minus the foam. There really isn't any vents on them to allow moisture to escape and keep your hooks from rusting. The main thing I like about the box is that it fits in my pack and holds a good amount of bass flies. It serves its purpose.
ThermaCell Lantern. At first the idea sounds just like a regular mosquito candle. A heat source cooks something that smells and is a deterrent for mosquitoes. I was skeptical at first because candles don't work in my patio and I hadn't found anything that was really effective. With bbq season coming I picked up a lantern. They run about $20-$25 and you can find them at Walmart. They come with 3 smelly tab things and a butane cartridge. How it works is you put the tab in the top of the lantern, screw in the cartridge into the center of the lantern then hit the start button a few times. That is all there is too it. You can put batteries in the thing and use it as an actual lantern/repeller. This thing works. We tried it out last weekend and when I first started it the mosquitoes hung out. The directions on the box said it takes about 10min. Sure enough after 5min there were no mosquitoes in sight. I did find one here or there lurking. To me that is success because with out the lantern we'd have 10 mosquito's around us at all times. It was great to finally enjoy a meal outside and use our lawn furniture. I'm taking this lantern with me on camping trips and I put it next to me while gardening. Didn't get one bite! I hope this lantern can help others.