Wellies or boots?

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I’m out fishing most weekends and usually switch between a pair of old wellies (little to no support) or rigger boots (comfy, limited support)depending on weather/location.

As the boots are now letting in I’m needing decent waterproof and durable footwear.
To give a bit of a background to my current situation, I’m training for my PJFT after recovering from shin splints, so I appreciate the need for supportive footwear.

Ideally I’m looking for wellies with decent support (if there is such a thing o_O) or maybe boots. The type of terrain I’m in varies from swampy moorland reservoirs to rocky banks of a Loch .
Does anyone have any recommendations/advice?

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Does anyone have any recommendations/advice?

Have you considered neoprene chest waders? Good warmers on cold days and can be rolled down to the hips in summer.

As for regular field boots my own are standard Hunters with sorbothane insoles. Still dry after 25 years. Anyone belting out a fly line usually cuts the stupid straps and buckles off. The reason for doing so becomes apparent very quickly.
 

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I had considered chest waders, not sure about the added weight/flexibility though, a good days fishing can see me covering a good bit of ground (10 - 12 miles avg) plus with all the gear on my back. Not exactly a full bergan, but good practice all the less haha.

Been reading some reviews on Hunters seems the build quality is not as good as it used to be and they’re more of a fashion accessory items these days.
Agile is a brand that seems to have positive reviews for ankle support and quality - pricey though but I suppose you get what you pay for.
 

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I had considered chest waders, not sure about the added weight/flexibility though, a good days fishing can see me covering a good bit of ground (10 - 12 miles avg) plus with all the gear on my back. Not exactly a full bergan, but good practice all the less haha.

If I'm fishing on the moors I'll sometimes cover up to five miles but most of it will be up-stream in spate rivers or brooks so chest waders are a better option than field boots for me because I'm always in the water. I travel light; a fishing vest easily carries one small fly box and a minimum of gadgets and a small net. Wild brown trout on the moors don't grow much bigger than a couple of pounds tops. Plus the stuff one needs to ensure personal comfort and safety which easily packs into a 25 litre pack.

Been reading some reviews on Hunters seems the build quality is not as good as it used to be...

This may be a fair point. My previous comment about quality refers to a time when Hunter was a UK product rather than just a brand.

Aigle and Le Chameau are both top brands. Popular in the rural agriculture community and with the ghastly horsey set. If comparing prices online take a look at what specialist agricultural industry sellers can offer.
I've always fancied one of the leather-lined, side-zipped variants but I'm a skinflint and would sooner invest the money in beer.
 

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I travel light
This is a “work in progress” for me at the moment! Been bait-fishing for pike through the winter, so the kit including day shelter etc is endless at times.

I’ve noticed Decathlon have a varied selection of Aigle boots so will try them in-store and maybe try pricing online.
 

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Been bait-fishing for pike through the winter, so the kit including day shelter etc is endless at times.

Ah, so that's why you need a mobile home. :)
I tried pike on the fly in the Somerset rhynes a few winters back. It can be very effective because the tactics are unconventional and unfamiliar to the pike who become accustomed to smelly herring and mackerel.

Rubber field boots will last for years if stored unfolded and out of direct sunlight. A rub down with a car detailing spray—something like 'Son of a Gun'—can also add years to the life of the boots.
 

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Brasher is excellent, although I can only speak for the Hillwalker style boots which I have used. Excellent quality - leather all over, insanely comfortable and completely waterproof. I've climbed rocky mountains in these things (albeit only in the UK!) and submerged my feet and ankles underwater with complete protection. I've had them for a few years now and I know they'll last me for years to come.

So far as I'm concerned, these are the best of the best in the world of outdoor footwear.
 

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I had considered chest waders, not sure about the added weight/flexibility though, a good days fishing can see me covering a good bit of ground (10 - 12 miles avg) plus with all the gear on my back. Not exactly a full bergan, but good practice all the less haha.

Been reading some reviews on Hunters seems the build quality is not as good as it used to be and they’re more of a fashion accessory items these days.
Agile is a brand that seems to have positive reviews for ankle support and quality - pricey though but I suppose you get what you pay for.

I prefer leather boots with gaiters for that sort of terrain. I prefer a heavy stiff boot like a Lowa Patrol.

The old style yeti gaiters were amazing, the new ones are alright still. But a basic gaiter will do just as well.
 

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I prefer leather boots with gaiters for that sort of terrain. I prefer a heavy stiff boot like a Lowa Patrol.

The old style yeti gaiters were amazing, the new ones are alright still. But a basic gaiter will do just as well.
HAIX Tibets would work quite well I'd imagine, very durable, wore them for 2 Nijmegen marches, regular cadet nights, field exercises and college daily for a year.
 

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I tried pike on the fly in the Somerset rhynes a few winters back. It can be very effective because the tactics are unconventional and unfamiliar to the pike who become accustomed to smelly herring and mackerel.
I’ve never tried but heard catching on the fly is a whole different experience. Maybe give it a try when the better weather comes in. Not ideal fishing weather at the moment in apocalyptic Scotland haha
 

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I prefer leather boots with gaiters for that sort of terrain. I prefer a heavy stiff boot like a Lowa Patrol.
A few ex-army mates have had mentioned these boots as being favourites. As long as they can keep me warm/dry and offer decent support I’d be happy. Keeping warm isn’t usually a problem unless you stay still for too long ;)
 
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