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    I've used the Lacrosse Big Chiefs for years and never had an issue with them. There's no way I could hunt in chest waders as much as I sweat.

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    thanks Maverick I'll check that out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alaskan89 View Post
    I've used the Lacrosse Big Chiefs for years and never had an issue with them. There's no way I could hunt in chest waders as much as I sweat.
    I keep mine rolled down around my waist. I very rarely pull them up to my chest when I'm moose hunting but there has been a few occasions, and it's always nice to have when you need 'em.




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    Sort of an offshoot kind of thing, but Cabela's introduced a boot last summer (2016) called the Instinct Lockdown. It comes in 400G and 1200G insulation models. It's a true hiking/hunting boot completely enclosed by a waterproof outer covering which extends up the leg to the knee...just like a tall gaiter. I saw them in a store and was VERY impressed, but they didn't have my size. My friend (smaller feet) ordered a pair and used them last fall on his moose hunt. He told me they worked perfectly. Feet and legs 100% dry. The boot uses BOA lacing (twist the ratchet dial) and he said they were fantastic for foot support in hiking and in packing out his (big!) moose.

    Anyway, I've got a pair on backorder and hope they make it in before September.

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    + 1 for chest waders.

    - (mid-priced) breathable stocking foot chest waders--Caddis Northern Guide
    - Quality hiking style wading boots--Simms G3 Guide Boot

    I've done both hip and chest. Definitely prefer lite weight breathable chest waders. There are several reasons why. #1.) Weight--if you're weight restricted, especially for fly-ins, then thin chest waders (avg. 2.3-2.8 lbs, not including boots) are a huge weight savings over hip waders that weigh 7+lbs (lacrosse air bob,i.e., the gold standard). #2.) Versatility--wade in deeper water, roll down like pants, breathes better with warm and cold temps, drys 100x faster, can take off and pack away with ease--add an extra wool sock and able to wear wading boots as second pair. #3.) Custom fit; a hip wader tends to slip around or constrict...not very much middle ground; where a stocking foot wader/boot combo you can almost custom fit.

    Buying guide tips:
    1.) If you're using your waders for moose hunting only, save your money and go with mid-priced chest waders. Why spend 3x as much on Simms when the notoriously nasty Alaskan Alders will just shred through them w/in one season when you could just buy a new pair each season for the next 3yrs
    2.) Buy quality wading boots that are built to hike in. If you cut corners and get a cheap store brand boot (guilty as charged) your feet and back will ultimately pay the price. Spend the money and only cry once...or else.

    Pictured:'16 Alaskan Yukon bull--temps ranged from freezing to a sweltering 60 degrees w/in a matter of hours, as you can tell by my pasty whites.

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    That's a great pic united

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    Quote Originally Posted by Droptine View Post
    That's a great pic united
    Thanks, brother.

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    We are doing a DIY drop camp and the pilot recommended Neos... so i went with those.

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    NEOS River Trekker Overshoe Hipper Brown - RTK8

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    I have used my simms stocking foot waders on a few hunts and float trips and they been excellent.

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