Re: Hip waders or boots?
I use hip waders for 90% of my fishing. I primarily fish small headwater streams and small rivers. The water is too cold to wet wade. The outside temperature is too hot for full waders.
I had a pair of Chota Hippies. The concept was great! Convertible hip waders for any variety of needs. However, they started leaking around the knee seam. I returned them to Cabelas but they said it'd be a few months backorder to replace them. So, I opted for a pair of Frogg Toggs hip waders...time will tell. They were only $40 or so online. Compared to the Hippies which were more like $120.