I go through about 4 pair of waders a year from sept to march. I will tell you that every road leads to leaking waders. As such, I buy the waders that are most comfortable and for me that means MPW Grand Prairie waders.
The only true way to protect your waders is to wear a pair of chaps over them which is precisely what we did hunting the timber where there was countless sharp things to trip and stab you.
Honestly, if someone made a good pair of breathable waders tall enough for me I would never wear neoprene again. I do t understand how people wear 5mm neoprene. Maybe if you belonged to a club and someone else did all the work for you.
That being said if you aren't tall I will tell you that the hands down, undisputed "leak proof" and comfortable wader I've ever worn is Orvis Lace Boot waterfowl waders. They also stand behind it if something does go wrong.
Spendy, but in my mind the best pair of duck hunting waders out there. They changed the sizing and it longer fits me. Otherwise ii would buy several pair. I wore mine in 10 below and was plenty warm.
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