In the gore-tex thread a question came up concerning footwear. Not wanting to get that thread off track, I'm starting a separate one for this topic.
The question concerned whether I would recommend hip boots or Extra-Tuff boots.
I generally prefer Lacrosse ankle-fit hip boots in either insulated or non-insulated over the knee-high boots. But that's because I hunt areas where we have a lot of swampy muskeg or are hunting rivers. I understand that the folks in Southeast really like the Extra Tuff boots for their situation, and there are probably other places where they work well.
Another idea that's been working for me involves breathable chest waders. I especially like this on float hunts, where I am in and out of the boat frequently. As Henry Passerini (one of my hunters) can testify, "you just never know when you're gonna step in a hole that's deeper than your hip boots". It was a miserable windy day and Henry's soaking forced us to stop, build a fire and get things dried out. In the end it was a good thing, because that's the same gravel bar where he shot his moose the next day.
So how about it? What works for you?