Storing and cleaning your fishing waders properly is the best and easiest way to make them last for years. It's simple and easy to do (especially once you get in the habit of it), and will save you a ton of money long term. Fishing Waders will last for years if they're stored and cleaned properly. If not stored and cleaned properly then be prepared to have to buy a new pair of waders every few years, and no one wants to have to do that. Packing or storing your waders wet may result in mildew and tape peeling.