Through the years, we’ve experimented with various wader combinations to achieve the warmest and most comfortable results. Are 5mm neoprene waders over heavy pants the answer? Or are breathable waders over layered poly-fleece pants the warmest. Personally, I find that breathable waders with insulated boot feet over poly-fleece longjohns and poly-fleece pants are the warmest and most comfortable. Neoprene does not breathe. Therefore moisture builds up next to your skin and begins to chill you and rob your body heat. The poly-fleece/breathable wader combination uses hydrophobic poly-fleece that wicks the moisture away from your body and the breathable waders allow that moisture to escape.
I would appreciate any feedback on this issue. What’s your opinion?