Recycled Waders

greenbackwallet.jpgDiscarded waders are not exactly filling up landfills; the total volume of breathable fabric thrown away each year is minimal next to the number of, oh, bottle caps, or rubber bands. But that doesn’t mean waders should simply be tossed when we’re done wearing them. After all, wader material is expensive; it’s water-proof, easily cut and sewn, and useful. Plus, nothing says ‘fly fisherman’ like beige breathable cloth.
These were clearly some of the thoughts running through the heads of the guys who founded Recycled Waders, which sounds like the brainchild of a 23-year old Greenwich Village art student, but actually turns out to be pretty darn awesome.
Here’s the deal: Recycled Waders collects old waders, and re-cuts the cloth to make new products. You can send in your own old waders and have products made out of them for a slight discount, or you can buy them off the shelf.
messangercreel.jpgPersonally, I have been carrying one of Recycled Waders’ Messenger Creels ($60) for the last year. I really, really like it. Aside from being made of breathable material, it’s perfectly sized, very well constructed with excellent clips and comfortable straps, and it’s more or less still waterproof in the rain. I often tote a full-sized Nikon DSLR with a couple lenses and a notebook around events I am sent to cover (such as Troutfest in the Smokies). I can’t say enough good things about my experience with the bag.
Recycled Waders also has a wallet ($20), a “Nook Sack” (a small fishing pouch–not a man purse!) ($30) and a standard fanny pack ($45). Personally I’d like to see a belt, a laptop cover (with sealed seams!), and some kind of cinchable shield for cameras in the rain.
Got any ideas for the guys at Recycled Waders? Let us know in the Comments section!

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  • Brian

    I’ve already conveyed this to Patrick at Recycled Waders, but thought I’d share it here. I’ve been looking for a good shoulder bag for some time now – one big enough to hold a water bottle, some granola bars, a few fly boxes and assorted bric-a-brac. It also needs to have a shoulder strap long enough to hang at waist level when tossed across my shoulders. I ordered a Nook Sack a few weeks ago thinking it might fit the bill. It arrived quickly and I was pleasantly surprised to find it was very well constructed; whoever does the sewing at Recycled Waders knows their way around a sewing machine and the hardware is top notch. Alas, the bag was too small for my needs and the strap too short so I ‘repurposed’ it by giving it to a friend who absolutely loves it. I have since ordered the Messenger Creel and I’m waiting for it to be delivered, but I feel there is a waiting market for a bag that sits between the Nook Sack and the Messenger Creel. A smaller bag say 12″ x 10″ x 4″ with a divided interior. Large enough to carry what you need for a few hours of wet wading, but not so big that it gets in the way. In the world of chest packs, tricked out vests and technical waist bags there is an ignored market niche – a simple bag for guys who like to keep it simple.

  • I believe a lightweight rain jacket made out of recycled waders would be cool.