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Where I came from

I have had a passion for hunting and fly fishing for as long as I can remember. I was never allowed an air rifle but somehow I managed to convince my mother that it was a good idea to let me buy a 150lb crossbow. I was too small to cock it standing so I had to lie down on my back and use my legs. I used to use the crossbow to shoot rabbits on a farm down the road.

After I got the hurry along from secondary school I had a few unfulfilling jobs before I decided to take up the offer of a salesman position at a local fishing and hunting store in Wellington, New Zealand. I wanted to work in an industry that I was passionate about. During my time in retail, I was looking for new opportunities; I wanted to create a business around my passions of fly fishing and hunting.

PRETTY GREEN AND VERY AMBITIOUS

I was 21, pretty green and very ambitious. Thinking this would be a piece of cake I went out and borrowed some money and ordered a container of neoprene waders. I went on a nationwide sales trip, selling my waders and while I had a few good bites, I had many knocks. Fortunately, the good bites were enough to get me going. 

The container arrived, the waders looked good, and the quality appeared good for the price. I was living at home with my parents at the time and filled their garage with stock from floor to ceiling, you could hardly move! Reorders were coming in strong, and the waders were selling. I got my second container of waders on the way.

AN IMPORTANT LESSON AND A MOMENTOUS TASK

By this stage, we were in mid-winter, and the waders were being used. I started to get some neoprene waders returned. Initially, I wasn’t too concerned, but as the numbers started to increase it was clear that there was a problem. The company that made the waders did not have problems in other parts of the world and I knew this was true as we had done a lot of research into them before I purchased the first order. The reason we had so many problems is that Kiwis are hard on their gear; they hike, they climb banks and venture through blackberry and the like. I learnt a valuable lesson here. This was the reason why a significant amount of the imported gear that frustrated me while I was working in retail was failing.

I needed to take serious action to protect my reputation and brand. I decided to reinforce the crotches and water test every single pair! This turned out to be a momentous task.

Fortunately, my parents lived down a long drive. We made up a water testing station, drying racks and gluing station. The waders had to stay outside overnight under tarpaulins to dry. When I started this the weather had been good for a week or so and looked good for the next week. I had hoped to be finished within a week but I soon realised it was a much larger task than we initially thought. We were testing, reinforcing and re-boxing approximately 30 waders per day. Not a bad number except I had 700 pairs to get through!

Then the bad weather hit, Wellington wind and rain. I was out in the middle of the night tightening up the tarpaulins and making sure that everything was ok. After the stands blew over with 100 pairs of waders on I realised I needed another location to do the job as I had already filled my parent's garage. Fortunately, a mate came to the rescue (with his father’s garage).
With the help of family and friends, I eventually made it to the end of the momentous task.

Size Chart

CHEST SIZE

Place the tape measure around the large part of your chest, usually just below the arm pits. Don't stretch the tape too tight. Align this measurement with the table below to help select your size.

 SIZE
CHEST CM CHEST INCHES
XXS 85-90 33-35
XS 90-95 35-37
S 95-100 37-39
M 100-105 39-41
L 105-110 41-43
XL 110-115 43-45
2XL 115-120 45-47
3XL 120-125 47-49
4XL 125-130 49-51
5XL 130-135 51-53

 

TROUSER SIZE

WAIST: Place the tape measure around your waist, just above where your trousers would normally naturally rest. Don't pull the tape tight, but make sure it is snug. Align this measurement with the table below to help select your size. 

INSEAM: This is the measurement from the center of the crotch on our trousers, to the base of the inner leg.

 SIZE
WAIST CM WAIST INCHES INSEAM CM
XXS 71-74 28-29 78
XS 75-79 30-31 79
S 80-84 32-33 80
M 85-89 34-35 81
L 90-94 36-37 82
XL 95-99 38-39 83
2XL 100-104 40-41 84
3XL 105-109 42-43 84
4XL 110-114 44-45 85
5XL 115-120 46-47 85

 

OVERTORUSER (OUTER LAYER) SIZE

The outer layer trousers are designed to be worn over the top of your regular trousers. The sizing is, therefore, larger than our regular trousers. Below are the dimensions of the overtrousers. These are trousers such as the Odyssey and Downpour Elite.

 SIZE
WAIST CM WAIST INCHES INSEAM CM
XS 83-86 33-34 79
S 87-90 34-35 80
M 91-94 36-37 81
L 95-98 37-38 82
XL 99-102 39-40 83
2XL 103-106 41-42 84
3XL 107-110 42-43 84
4XL 111-114 44-45 85
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