I am looking for a pair of waders, and I was wondering if anyone has preferences either way. I've only only wet waded, so not much experience on my part, but bootfoot waders look like they are more convenient.
I prefer stockingfoot waders. Yes, you have to purchase wading boots separately, but it gives you more flexibility and you will have a better quality wading solution. 10 months of the year, I wear my wading boots over the neoprene booties of the stockingfoot waders. When it is warm out and I'm wet-wading a stream, I wear neoprene socks under my wading boots. When I'm in my pontoon boat, I just wear my stockingfoot wader and can fit scuba fins (more powerful) over the booties; I cannot fit scuba fins over my boots.
A mistake I made in the beginning was buying boots too small for my feet, and the neoprene bootie together. Too small = cramped toes and less room for (warmth/wiggle room) Be sure and try the whole get-up on in the store, and then try on at least 1 full size bigger than you want.....check for ample wiggle room. this really helps with the warmth.
Stocking foot with quality, properly sized wading boots are SO much more comfortable for walking and wading than boot foots. I have had boot foots as well, but would only recommend them for winter steel heading during the very coldest of weather. And even then a proper stocking foot wader and wading boot set up should be warm enough. My $.02.
If all you have to do to fish is get out of your car and walk 40' bootfoot waders will work but if you are going to cover any distances or hike at all, stocking foot waders and good fitting wading boots are WAY more comfortable !
I'm firmly in the "stocking foot" camp. The only time I wore boot foot waders was when I hunted ducks - and those were insulated. Stocking foot waders roll into a more compact bundle & those & the wading boots are much easier to carry if you are hiking-in to a fishing destination.
Me too - breathable stocking foot waders and wading boots. I have three pair of wading boots to cover the "no studs in my boat rule" and one pair that isn't felt for "no felt in my river" rule.... for my tube, I wear the WRONG flats boot over my stocking foot waders (my fins won't fit over wading boots).