Originally Posted by Bigmuz7
Err dunno about that... If you want a pair of wellies , you can go down your builders merchant and get a pair for less than a tenner,.. look for a pair in a yachtie mag and you'll pay up to £200 Sure they are hi tech but isnt it amazing how something simple like keeping your feet dry can vary in cost so much.
Ive got a pair of Musto HPX Ocean wellies, had them since 2006. I belive they retailed at £210 at the time, however we bought them through our corporate account so a little cheaper.
They are without a doubt one of the best bits of kit I have every bought. (I rate them alonside my Musto Ocean Smock, my Tornado RIB, my Leatherman, my Maglite and my old VW Golf. None of this kit ever failed me).
Before that i had Dubarrys (about £130 ish now)- also a good bit of kit but a disaster if they got salt water in them. They were great for ribbing in the Solent and inshore yacht racing and very warm in the winter. On the rare occasion they got sea water in them a rinse through followed by a night full of news paper by the heater sorted them out. I rate them far better than my previous £30 sailing wellies.
When I did the Round Britian and Ireland Race in 06 (sail, non stop). I took a wave in each wellie just before the start line. The result was wet feet for 8 days. I vowed a lot of things during the beat up the West cost of Ireland and Scotland. One was never to be sea for long lengths of time with wet feet ever again. Within days of finishing I had ordered the HPX Oceans. Next race was Cowes to Cascias (Portugal). Western approches to the English Channel were horible (about 9 full time professional offshore race crew throwing up sort of horrible). The Ocean boots had prooved themselves on their first outing, 5 days later arriving in Portugal I had bone dry feet.
There are alternatives to the Musto Oceans but if I lost these I would replece with exactly the same without giving it any thought.
Those on here who know me personally know Im not akin to wild expenditure but I belive you have got to be warm and dry at sea. A £10 pair of wellies will not do that for you in the winter in the UK.