While it's nearly impossible to find one wader to match every season and application, chest-high stocking-foot breathable waders definitely come closest to fitting the bill. White River Fly Shops' Breathable Stocking-Foot Waders are no exception either. Here's why.
Equipped with a waterproof/breathable membrane, these waders keep water out while allowing perspiration vapors to escape though the membrane, keeping you dry and comfortable. This is especially helpful when wade fishing on warm spring and summer days, or when you are frequently moving in an attempt to cover water.
When the temperature drops in fall and winter, simply adding a good base layer beneath your breathable waders will keep you surprisingly warm. When I'm in my neoprene waders, a good hike to the river gets me soggy, even when the temps get real low. Then, after fishing for 30 minutes or so, this moisture build-up has nowhere to go, and I end up shivering the rest of the day, totally defeating the purpose of the neoprene wader. Don't get me wrong; I haven't gotten rid of the neoprenes. They're just reserved for the absolute coldest of days when I know I won't be doing a lot of hiking. The rest of the time, though, I opt for the White River Breathable Waders.
Unlike waders with an attached boot, the stocking-foot on these waders gives me the option to adapt my footwear to the bottom composition of the waterway. If you only intend to fish the same stretch of water, then by all means, choosing a wader with boots attached that work for that waterway is fine. But if you are the adventurous type, you will benefit from stocking-foot waders and the ability to adapt to the various bottom compositions encountered when fishing different waterways.
As for wader height, I've always preferred chest-highs because I am constantly wading out into water that ends up being just a little deeper than I intended. Plus, I'm fairly short, so waist-highs only give me a couple of feet of water to wade in comfortably -- three feet if I want to test my luck.
Additional reinforcement in the seat and knees -- very high-stress, high-wear areas -- provide additional strength and durability to ensure extended wader life. The 100% waterproof/breathable membrane is laminated to a high grade 5-layer nylon upper.
A front handwarmer pocket will keep your hands warm in-between casts. Two external zippered organizer pockets and one inside utility pocket gives you addition areas to stow gear. Built-in gravel cuffs with lace keepers keep rocks out of your boots, and since they're attached, you'll never forget them at home. The stocking feet are made with comfortable high-density neoprene. Accessory D-rings allow for attachment of water bottles or whatever else you might need for a day on the water.
If you reside in a warm clime or need a pair of all-purpose waders, I'd suggest the White River Fly Shops' Breathable Stocking-Foot Waders. These breathables feature the construction and features you'll need to confront changing weather conditions associated with the seasons, as well as the differing characteristics of various waterways.