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Hip waders?

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Anyone able to find a decent pair of felt sole hip waders any more? I do have a pair of Simms waders but honestly most of the streams that I fish, chest waders are really not required. And I like the ease of getting in and out of hip waders relatively quickly.

I am guessing there is way more money in breathable, high tech waders so manufacturers are not bothering to make much in the way of good old fashioned hippers any more.

If anybody knows of a pair the would recommend, please let me know. Thanks.

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They are still out there.

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Ollies had the old-school, rubber lugged hip boots last year for $18. I picked up a pair as a back-up, and ended up wearing them more than my WPB chest waders...

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As of last year, Dick's sporting goods had a big bin of assorted cheapo rubber hip waders. Haven't been there lately to know whether they have it again this year.

You're not gonna find them at the high end type places. Fly shops, even Cabelas probably. Look instead at Dick's, K-Mart, Walmart, and maybe some outdoor shops that cater primarily to hunters.

There's still a place for them.

From the fly shops you can get breathable hippers. I have a pair made by Orvis. Frankly, if I were to buy again, I'd get waste highs. More comfortable IMO than hippers, and even on the little streams I tend to crouch in the water a lot, and end up getting my rear end soaked.

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I have the Simms G3 convertible waders and after never expanding them to the chest waders I bought the G# guide pant. Pretty close to hippers and typical Simms quality to boot. Id recommend either one....

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I am in the process of turning an old pair of chest waders into hippers. I haven't worn them in years and figured it will be easy to convert them over.

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Having used "old school" hip boots for decades I can conclude this: They suck.

For the past 2 years I wore Chota "hippies" and I love them. Feather weight, cool in the summer, less resistant in strong currents. The down side? I found the method attachment to a belt or belt loop/ inferior. Just add a carabiner clip to the top to attach to your belt or loop.

They are stocking foot waders that require wading shoes/boots.

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Having used "old school" hip boots for decades I can conclude this: They suck.

For the past 2 years I wore Chota "hippies" and I love them. Feather weight, cool in the summer, less resistant in strong currents. The down side? I found the method attachment to a belt or belt loop/ inferior. Just add a carabiner clip to the top to attach to your belt or loop.

They are stocking foot waders that require wading shoes/boots.


It also "sucks" to tear up an expensive pair of breathable waders in the rugged areas that I often hike into to fish small WT streams.
I've been using the rubber proline hip boots from Dicks for many years now. And they definitely take a beating - and I honestly don't find them real uncomfortable to fish in.
To each his own I guess

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I like the dicks hip waders as well but I only use them when putting my boat back on the trailer in cold water.

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I am in the process of turning an old pair of chest waders into hippers. I haven't worn them in years and figured it will be easy to convert them over.


A couple of years ago I converted neoprene waders into hip boots. Worked out well for cold weather shallow water fishing. The down side: like pcray stated, wet butt while kneeling.

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Cabela's sells a bunch of different styles of hip boots. There's a pair of felt sole boots on sale now for $50

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Check out Chota's Hippers. I am a big believer in their boots. I regret purchasing a pair of Simms Boas over the Chotas. I will be going back soon.

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Check out Chota's Hippers. I am a big believer in their boots. I regret purchasing a pair of Simms Boas over the Chotas. I will be going back soon.


Does this validate what I stated above?

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Thanks for the feedback all. I did find a pair of Orvis Endura hippers from Slate Run Tackle on Ebay. Looks like Orivs doesn't even carry them any more so the price was right! Might also get a pair of the cheapies at Dicks for a backup.

I guess being an old bastard who grew up wearing hip boots, I still find them more comfotable for most of the fishing I do haha!

Thanks again.

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Having used "old school" hip boots for decades I can conclude this: They suck.

For the past 2 years I wore Chota "hippies" and I love them. Feather weight, cool in the summer, less resistant in strong currents. The down side? I found the method attachment to a belt or belt loop/ inferior. Just add a carabiner clip to the top to attach to your belt or loop.

They are stocking foot waders that require wading shoes/boots.


It also "sucks" to tear up an expensive pair of breathable waders in the rugged areas that I often hike into to fish small WT streams.
I've been using the rubber proline hip boots from Dicks for many years now. And they definitely take a beating - and I honestly don't find them real uncomfortable to fish in.
To each his own I guess


Agreed, hippers surely have their place. And those small streams are it, I finally bought a pair of pant height waders for the warmer weather and love them. Just not on brush choked streams.

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