Stocking foot waders
Posted by: Glenn_MacGrady on Oct-05-12 12:25 AM (EST)
I have a Kokatat Goretex bib with attached Goretex booties. It has a skirt that rolls into a drytop, but 90% of the time I've used it without the top.
However, the Goretex was expensive many years ago and seems to be ridiculously expensive now.
The bib is really nothing more than a fisherman's stocking foot wader, which are available in waterproof fabrics at much lower costs than Goretex, and are frequently on sale.
Be aware that there always have been controversial fears that these waders can fill up with water and drown you. There are several videos now available on YouTube that significantly debunk those fears. It helps to keep water out of the waders if you wear a snug belt and, of course, have on a fairly snug PFD. I'd also recommend carrying a knife for many reasons, which could also be used to slash the waders if necessary.
I wouldn't used my bib alone on challenging (to me) whitewater because of the risk of long swims, but I use it in certain climate conditions with no qualms on quiet waters.