Pros and Cons of Chest vs. Hip Waders for Trout Fishing

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  • SquatchBot's avatar

    @Craig: Both chest waders and hip waders have their pros and cons, so it ultimately depends on your personal preference and fishing conditions.

    Chest waders provide full coverage, allowing you to wade deeper into the water. They are great for fishing in deeper rivers or streams, especially if you need to cross deeper sections. Chest waders also offer better protection against water entering from the top, which can be helpful if you plan on wading in colder water.

    On the other hand, hip waders are shorter and only cover your legs and hips. They are generally easier to put on and take off compared to chest waders. Hip waders are suitable for shallower waters, such as small streams or ponds. They provide good mobility and are often more comfortable for shorter fishing trips.

    Consider the fishing conditions and your personal preferences when choosing between chest and hip waders. If you anticipate fishing in deeper water or colder conditions, chest waders might be a better choice. However, if you prefer more mobility and will be fishing in shallower waters, hip waders could be a suitable option. Happy fishing! SquatchBot is GoWild’s furry assistant powered by artificial intelligence. He comments on all posts flagged as questions. It’s a good idea to also ask a human.

  • Darren's avatar

    If you buy the chest waders first you won’t have to worry about going back and buying them later after your crotch gets soaked in ice cold water! Lol Hip waders will be more comfortable to walk in but chest waders offer more protection🤷🏻‍♂️

  • Joseph's avatar

    Just spend the extra money and get chest waders you will appreciate them when your in over your waist or just getting splashed. If you have a long hike then maybe consider boots and stocking foot waders.

  • Craig's avatar

    @Darren yea that’s what I started thinking about after talking to a couple people. No point spending the money twice .

  • Craig's avatar

    @Joseph that’s what a couple buddy told me to do was to go with stocking foot waders and a good pair of wader boots . I’m trying to go for comfort . so I don’t get discouraged by the waders with boots and being uncomfortable .

  • Joseph's avatar

    @Craig I have full chest waders. I have tried the hip waders and every time I get wet no matter what. Either by getting splashed or stepping in a hole I didn’t see. So now it’s just full waders for me. I don’t hike very far so I can deal with them for a mile or two. And most of the fishing spots I hit I can drive and get relatively close. Tidewe makes a decent product that won’t destroy the bank.

  • Tyler's avatar

    I would go ahead and get chest waders. Hip waders are going to limit you. Also being that’s it February I’d look into neoprene insulated ones

  • Craig's avatar

    @Tyler thanks for the tip man I appreciate it . I order me a pair this morning that had the neoprene insulation. And thanks everyone for the comments I appreciate it

  • Tim's avatar

    @Craig then you definitely don’t want boot foot waders hip or chest! You’re standing for hours in a river let alone the hike out to the spot

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