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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old 03-04-2017, 04:59 PM Thread Starter
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Waders vs. Hip Boots

I was wondering how many use waders vs. hip boots.

For those who use waders, do you use chest waders or waist highs? Stocking foot or boot foot waders?

If you use stocking foot waders, which wading shoes do you wear?

For those that use hip boots, what brand do you use?

Some may have both.

I also know that many wet wade in the summer.

Just interested.
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Chest high Waders, stocking foot, Simms freestone boots.

My next pair will probably be waist/chest convertible of some sort.

Generally wet wade a lot too. I usually only wear waders in summer for fear of poison ivy.
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I'll reply to my own thread.

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I was wondering how many use waders vs. hip boots.

For those who use waders, do you use chest waders or waist highs? Stocking foot or boot foot waders?
I use both chest waders and hip boots but use the hip boots sparingly. I use stocking foot chest waders. They are Allen waders. They were a gift. They aren't very durable. My previous pair were Simms.

If you use stocking foot waders, which wading shoes do you wear?
I use Korker's convertible wading shoes.

For those that use hip boots, what brand do you use?
I don't know what brand my hip boots are. I believe they are LaCrosse.

Some may have both.

I also know that many wet wade in the summer.
I have a pair of wading pants that I use in the summer on some streams. I don't use them in remote streams where I think there might be rattlesnakes.

Just interested.

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I have used the rubber hip boots for years and years and more recently the breathable hip boots. They were always boot foot waders. This arrangement worked well when I only fished a few days a year. This past year my started to fish much more often and started hiking and spending most of the day fishing. The cheap boot foot waders were really uncomfortable and tended to start leaking very often. I went through two $60-$100 sets of hip boots in the last say year and a half. The other day I had enough of fishing in February with leaky waders and ponied up for Simms G3 chest waders and wading boots. I hope they live up to the premium price tag. If I get a few years before they start leaking I will be happy. I will say they are the best fitting waders I have every put on in the store. I will see how they work once I get a chance to fish them. Another reason I went with chest waders is I always ended up being a little two close to the top of my boots and never close the the position I wanted to be in for the next cast. I may get a wading pant if I don't like the chest waders rolled down and converted to a pant wader.

On a side note I never wet wade so I have another layer between me and the poison ivy, sting weed, ticks, and snakes. I really don't like snakes.
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I have both and use them both in different situations depending the water level and size stream I am fishing.
I also have which are my most used got to waders are Waist high waders(stockingfoot)made by Cabelas.
I believe Cabelas is the 0nly one who sells them now.
Hodgeman no longer makes them.
The waist high waders give me the extra protection in high water without the extra bulk of chest waders.
I'm not comfortable wading in water higher than my waist so waist high waders it is for me.

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Correction, Simms and Compass make waist high waders.

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I wear chest high waders, but they are leaking and I will probably buy waist highs to replace them.

I think waist highs should be fine for both small streams and larger streams.

When I wore hip boots, I took on water pretty often. The stream doesn't have to be very deep to go over hip boots.

But chest high waders may be overkill. You really don't need to wade that deep.

And when doing a lot of walking in warm weather, chest high waders are hot and uncomfortable.

Waist highs might be the happy medium.
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I have a pair of Simms G4 Pro waders and I wear Korkers K-5 Bomber wading boots. I love the interchangeable sole system. And as far as toughness and breathabilty you can't beat Simms waders.
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I have a pair of Simms G4 Pro waders and I wear Korkers K-5 Bomber wading boots. I love the interchangeable sole system. And as far as toughness and breathabilty you can't beat Simms waders.
Wow. Simms G4 waders are really expensive. How long do they last? I've bought G2s before but never the G3s or G4s.

I'm hard on waders and they generally only last a couple of years.

My current waders were a gift and aren't going to last. I got them in October and have already had to patch them twice.
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I like and use neoprene chest waders with the boots. I like the neoprene for a little more warmth. Some of the streams have some deeper water so the chest waders work for me.

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