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Old 01 November 2003, 09:33   #1
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Dry Suits

Could any one recommend a set of boots to go with a Dry suit.

The reason I ask is that I will soon be taking delivery of a Dry Suit with Latex Socks and I want to marry them up to a set of boots.

The problem I have though is that all my launches are wet launches and I would like to know if you can get a pair of boots that stay dry or are the Latex Socks quite robust for walking around on Slip Ways Etc.

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Old 01 November 2003, 10:35   #2
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I use a musto offshore drysuit with latex socks, I would advise against walking on slip ways with them though as they are quite smooth and you would end up on your a*se. (May even damage them).

I use Gill Dinghy boots with my suit, and have found this to be a suitable arrangement. However, one word of caution, if you get water into them, your feet will be cold all day. Thick socks seem to work though.

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Many Thanks Bob,

I already have a Drysuit with built in boots and that is an absolute nightmare on "slippery" slipways.

Does anybody carry two sets of boots/shoes when they wet launch ???
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Old 01 November 2003, 11:36   #4
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Have you considered a set of waders for launching - would easily fit over the dry suit and save any damage.
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Greetings Biggles
If you are using latex socks on your dry suit, I would use dinghy boots. The best I found are Agle, they have a desent grip pattern, blocky not the lots of little cuts like you get on deck shoes.
As I think Bob says make sure you have got some decent socks on as cold feet really spoil the day.
To lubricate the latex sock against the boot, so you can get them on & off easily there are many 'best' methods, ranging from shower gel (won't that damage the rubber and waterproofness of the suit?), KY (well you're all adults !), carrier bags and my preffered choice of talken powder.
hope it helps
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dry suits

Ive recently bought a new Gul dry suit that came with latex socks - tried them dont like them so im having them removed and boots fitted like you get on any diver dry suit - seems far more sensible option?
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Surfing Booties

are what you should try ..... I use them, perfect for the job
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Old 02 November 2003, 10:40   #8
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Latex Socks

Well thanks for all the info. I shall digest this now and make a decision during the week when I'm in the local chandlers.
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Try latex socks and dinghy boots.
cant go wrong with them.
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try buying a pair of normal good quality trainers.(nike ,reebok)
with a close type grip (so as not to pick up stones etc) .
i have used them for years whilst jetskiing with my drysuits and found them very good and giving ankle suport .
and they do not just rot away as you will be told .
just give them a swill after using in salt water .
should easily last you 18 months .
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