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Old 09 April 2016, 16:41   #1
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Wetsuit boots - How durable?

Until last year (given our sibbing is concentrated around the warmer months) I'd always launched in shorts and beach trainers. I've now moved very successfully to wetsuit trousers which have given a whole new level of comfort (warmth)... except now for the feet.

So I'd wondered about going over to wetsuit boots or similar.

But... are they duarable enough to walk 5 mins down the road from setup to slipway or do I need to change into them at the last moment?
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Old 09 April 2016, 17:25   #2
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They're fine for that. I like the Crewsaver Phase 2 or Palm Force boots, or for something a little more rugged the Palm Tuff boots look good.
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Yes, I agree they should be fine for a short walk. If you want durable go for a dinghy boot which has thicker soles. I actually prefer surfing boots with a really thin sole for good feel underfoot. These are a couple of seasons old, showing no wear and worn to drag boat about 300 metres over tarmac, grass and dunes to beach.
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Great response thanks guys.

Excused my ignorance but... are these boot types are designed for water to get inside??

Do you wear them over bare feet?
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Yeah they fill with water, but are very warm. Yes bare footed.


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OK good.. do you go a size down compared with everyday footwear as you'd not be wearing socks?
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I go same size they should be snug but not tight I had a pair that lasted years (10?) they were far to small by the end..... But sooooo comfy the dingy and dive boots are harder wearing but what out for zipped ones easier to get on and off (off can be interesting ) as the zip can rub and catch I did some new fancy guy ones that were wrap around Velcro



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These are easier to get on and off
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Excellent thanks. I'm really a 9.5 so will get a 10 and if loose will add thin wetsuit socks.

Due to a combination of price, looks & availability today in my size I think I'll try the Gull All-Purpose 5mm from Wetsuit Outlet as I have received good service from them and quibble free swapping when sizing wrong...

https://www.wetsuitoutlet.co.uk/2016...6-p-15331.html
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Remember wetsuit goes over boots or they will quickly fill up... my boots have withstood 8 years of surfing and that always involves a lot walking to and from the beach.
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