as often as you hear about people returning them year after year I am not surprised they are discontinued...had to cut their losses
I agree. My theory: too many people taking advantage of the warranty. That was likely why they changed their policy in the first place, now doing away with them. With all the returns their "models" indicate they are junk.
I think it is a bad business decision if they really stop selling them. Changing their return policy to one year should have solved the issue. If anyone took advantage of the return policy, it was me, I confess..
I have had at least 3 pairs of breathables (maybe more), bought 1 pair. I have had 3 pairs of the jean waders, bought 1.
The 2 pairs of jean waders I returned, both times the zipper messed up. This last pair I got I'm really careful with, especially since their return policy changed lol.
The breathable waders, I know one pair I stepped on a thorn I suspect, leak from the bottom. Another pair (maybe 2), not sure why, but it was like there was a crease in the waders (like they where stored folded, etc...) and made a leak, this was clearly a flaw, and maybe the reason why they pulled the product. I still got a pair, I'm going to try and take good care of them.