I've been researching getting a new pair of stockingfoot waders. I have a crappy pair of Hodgeman bootfoot waders that are sized too big and chafe my shins... they started leaking too but probably more due to improper storage in my garage in which temps fluctuate a lot. I got decent use out of them twice at Ocean Beach up north for Dungeness and striper fishing a couple times last year. Before that I had used them a few times in the SoCal surf but they are probably around 4 years old.
Anyway, I was considering Cabelas zip waders which appear to be a newer product but I keep seeing posts here about how the Cabelas waders have the tendency to leak. Especially around the knee areas, which seem to be the major stress point on waders when float tubing.
In researching, I stumbled across USIA waders which many people swear by as being some of the sturdiest and durable waders ever. Has anyone here used them specifically for float tubing? They look and sound like very good quality and at a nice price point too. People say they are stiff and noisy but they do have a softer material option that you can add at an upcharge. A pair of T-zip waders with softer material ends up costing around $390 which seems reasonable considering other higher-end waders are in the same range. And it seems USIA waders may very well outlast waders at the same price point.
Besides the waders though, what do you guys recommend as far as booties? I'm assuming wading shoes would be too much but what about the ultralight ones like Cabelas Bonesneakers or or Caddis Northern Guides. Or am I better off with Adamsbuilt Knott Creeks or Hodgman Neoprene shoes?
Sorry I can't link anything otherwise I would have pasted all the links for the said products.