Dans makes some quality gear for sure. Stuff is built to take punishment.I hear ya on the chest wader front really I do. However, every pair I have ever owned leaked within 2 years of purchase and usually sooner than later. These briar proofs have survived a barbed wire entanglement and lived to tell the tale. Still using them after trapping in them hard for 5 seasons. October through March everyday.
Besides they are just to launch the boat. I have no intention of getting out of the boat.