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Old 23 May 2009, 14:02   #1
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Dubarry Boots - Why so popular?

As a question, I tried on some Dubarry boots today and apart from them being flexible the soles weren't comfortable compared to what I had imagined.

So question is, what makes a 200 pair of boots worth spending money on?

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Old 23 May 2009, 16:54   #2
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CAnt Stand them

and I think they look really silly especially with Shorts

I went alongside the carrier, I survived and didnt even get shot at!!!
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Old 23 May 2009, 16:54   #3
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Dunno, I use these, cheap and comfy:
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Old 24 May 2009, 07:28   #4
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Dubarry Boots

So I have heard the Musto HPX boots are far better and more waterproof, I think they are a few bob more though.

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Old 24 May 2009, 07:59   #5
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I honestly don't think that leather has any place on a boot or shoe used in salt water. It stays wet for ages - cracks and splits unless well cared for and adds to the cost.

My hiking boots are leather and they are great but I have wrecked 2 pairs of leather boots through salt water immersion.
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Old 24 May 2009, 09:27   #6
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Ah well, looks like I'm going to be a lone voice in the wilderness! I love my Dubarrys, they are the most comfortable boots I've had for wearing over extended periods. (I've even slept with them still on while passage making).

Not on RIBs though, generally speaking
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Old 24 May 2009, 14:03   #7
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D'Barry!!!!! Why oh why! Don't be fooled! Back in the late 90's. they were A1. Now, made in China and just as crap as most of the others. Have had most boots over the years.....all have leaked sooner or later. Have a mate that is just having a moan about his ice skating D'Barry soles. They don't seem to want to know? TOP a 3.50 pair of green ones at WILKINSON every 2 years.
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Old 25 May 2009, 00:15   #8
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I have Musto HPX boots and they very good. The flex correctly are warm without making you feet sweaty, and a good all round boot.
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Old 25 May 2009, 09:34   #9
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Dubarry and Musto HPX boots are both well worth the money. I have had both. I made the jump to the HPX about 3 yrs ago as they had gators.

I wore the same pair of dubarrys for 8 yrs of full time professional sailing, offshore racing and powerboating (obviousy did not wear them non stop).

The HPX have been in action for 3 yrs now and look like they have plenty life left in them.

I have bought HPX for 2 of our staff and they love them too.

Totally agree with Hobbit they look daft with shorts, but then most of us dont wear wellies with shorts.

They may be fashionble for some but for me they are simply good kit that I rely on, if you are working at sea in all seasons and latitudes you need kit that will keep you warm and dry.

The dubarrys were great for bashing around the Solent, if they ever got water inside them you take them hone rinse them out and stuff them full of newspaper for the night.

If however you are at sea for longer periods of time the gators on the HPX are well worth while.
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Old 25 May 2009, 13:22   #10
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I have never tried either the dubarry's or the mpx's. Having looked at them, I dont think they would suit me as I have big calfs. I tried gill ones but could barely get them on.

I now have a set of these yacht bootswhich are great. Really warm and comfy and les than half the price of the others.

I havent worn them for seriously long periods but have worn them for several full days on the water and didnt want to take em off at the end of the day.


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