Re: I need your opinion - hip waders
first off...you do not need to spend upwards of 500 dollars between waders and wading boots. There are plenty out there that work very well for less money. I hate to say this..but I will...if I were your husband I would want the gift card. Then you know he is going to get exactly what he wants.
I use the wading boot wader combo because I think the boots fit me better and are lighter especially hiking in and out. Interchangeable soles are trendy but fraught with peril. Too many bad stories regarding the korkers. Look for choto sts or the lesse priced citicos. Orvis makes a good boot as does bean all for less than 175 dollars.
Waders? Breathable? Neoprene? Non breathable? Too many variables to guess.