STRONGLY suggest you consider breathables in a stocking foot instead. Ever notice anyone in neoporene waders who DID NOT sweat other than in perhaps November/December?
Some people complain that a stocking foot wader will allow sand into the wading shoe/boot. I have not had this problem. Get waders with gravel guards. If you are fishing the North Shore the "sand" there is more like gravel anyway.
1) MUCH MORE comfortable
2) You will not sweat
3) Easy on and off
4) The stocking foot with a pair of wading shoes makes you much more mobile... walking any beach in boots you will tire fast.
5) Wading shoes/low cut boots are light weight... like wearing sneakers compared to those rubber boots on the booted models. You are more mobile and thus safer.
6) Wading shoes/boots are designed to be worn w/ a neopoerene foot. The wading shoes/boots allow water inside which you will not feel, and which will quickly drain out when you exit the water.
7) In the cooler months I wear either long johns or sweat pants under them and stay toasty warm. The breathable pants are supposed to be bagy and loose.
8) The only down side is that it takes a few more seconds to put the wading shoes/boots on and off.
Take a look at http://www.cabelas.com
Look under clothing/footwear/waders/fishing waders
They have all kinds of waders from $50 - $300.
I purchased their mid-level breathable II, 2 years ago... and they should last me another season at least. Only had to make one repair to the stocking foot neoporene which was my fault by stretching it once.
I agree .......breathables are the way to go....
I have tried all kinds of waders .....pvc...........neoprene
Breathables are much more comfortable and for the tag ends of the season when you need to be warmer fleece pants are plenty.
My suggestion........Orvis has entry level breathables at about $145 and their 4 yr unconditional gaurantee can't be beat.
Breathables are good but they are still a bit too "hit or miss" (in terms of getting a good pair or a leaker) for me to have total confidence in buying them at current prices. Doesn't matter the brand.
Another year and I think the manufactures will have all the kinks out of the process. Plus the price will probably come down more.