Support of High Cut Waders and Other Bib Type Garments

DUCS - Detachable Under Clothing Suspenders Figure 01Figure I, DUCS® harness, unattached.DUCS - Detachable Under Clothing Suspenders Figure 02Figure II, Waders attached to lower DUCS® clips. This is referred to as the “Half-Mast” position, with tops rolled back to waist height.DUCS - Detachable Under Clothing Suspenders Figure 03Figure III, Waders in full up position with tops supported by quick release clips at shoulder. Note that the harness is inside the waders.DUCS - Detachable Under Clothing Suspenders Figure 04Figure IV. Waders up, under coat. Note that the coat and other garments could have been in place before the waders were put on.DUCS - Detachable Under Clothing Suspenders Figure 05Figure V, Waders being disconnected with coat in place. DUCS - Detachable Under Clothing Suspenders Figure 06Figure VI, Waders at half-mast. To fully lower, or remove, simply disconnect the lower clips.

Some garments such as waders, some ski or snow pants or overalls are sometimes worn without trousers underneath. Because they are high cut, "bib" type garments, they must use suspenders, which are usually "built-in". In many cases, heavy outer garments are worn over these lower garments, and are often several layers thick.

DUCS® can provide an ideal solution to this situation by attaching the lower quick release clip of the suspender harness to waders, ski pants, etc. at waist level, on the inside and attaching the top front of the garment to the strap harness worn by the wearer, just below the shoulder, with two hook & loop straps or by additional quick release buckles.

Figures I-VI show the wearer in a chest high set of waders which are normally worn over only underwear, and, when used for hunting, ice fishing, snowmobiling, etc. there are often several layers of outer garments. When nature calls, it is not only inconvenient to remove all these outer garments, but also VERY COLD! This variation of DUCS® involves a "four point" attachment. There are two quick release buckles attached to the waders at slightly below waist level, on the inside. A second, smaller quick release clip is located on each strap, slightly below shoulder level. The low point of attachment does most of the work and prevents the harness from rotating from the pull of the upper attachment. To lower the waders, the user reaches up under the upper clothing, releases the upper clips, rolls down the top, exposing the lower buckles and repeats the process on the lower clips. To re-attach, the procedure is simply reversed.

It should be noted that, as long as the quick release buckles are compatible, a single harness can be used with many different lower garments.

Figure I shows the DUCS® harness on a user who is wearing pants supported by a belt. The pants will be removed before waders are put on. It should be noted that the harness can be put on long before it is needed and the addition of vests, coats, etc. will not prevent its later use even though the outer garments remain in place. Waders could be carried to the duck blind and put on without having to remove one's coat(s), or they could be put on and placed in the half-mast position, for the walk in (See Figure II).

It should be noted that the lower part of the bottom quick release clips are attached to the inside of the waders, at about waist level. When first putting on waders, the user rolls down the top part and can use these clips to grasp the waders and pull them on to the half-mast position. The lower buckles are then connected, holding the waders in place. In Figure II the tops have been rolled back up even with the waist. In warm conditions or when walking, this may be the preferred position. When rolled down, more cushioning and insulation is provided, when sitting.

If it is desirable to remove or lower the waders without getting "undressed" the waders are simply disconnected as required. From the half-mast position, a male user can easily relieve himself, eliminating the need of a fly. When it is necessary to sit on a toilet, disconnect the lower clips. All this can be done without removing the outer garments. These same concepts are just as important to skiers using high cut ski pants, etc.