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Posted by Michael Strahan on May 02 2006
That's a tough call to make. I've used both and like each for different reasons. The chest waders keep you dry because they breathe, but they're noisy as heck to walk in and they can be easily torn if you're not careful. This is more an issue in the brush than on open tundra though. Also with the chest waders all you need for rain protection is a short rain jacket.
Hip boots on the other hand require a parka-length rain jacket at least. But if you go with LaCrosse ankle-fit hip boots, you will indeed sweat a lot. You're boots will probably be damp for your entire hunt, actually. But they're tough as nails and ultra quiet as long as brush doesn't flip back and flap agains them.
You probably won't be wading deep enough to warrant chest waders, but I guess if I were getting them for fishing anyway, bring 'em along on your hunt too. Be aware that if you're using felt soled boots and it freezes, your boots will be slicker than anything to walk on. That happened to me a couple of years ago and I nearly couldn't climb hills in them. Coming back down was outright dangerous.
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