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waterproof socks?

1 year 3 months ago #33089 by Mile$
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What do you guys use for launching in cold water in the winter. Ive looked at dive boots, but they don't look tall enough. And wadding boots look to big for footwell. Thanks

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1 year 3 months ago - 1 year 3 months ago #33092 by Mile$
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Anyone tried these? still not sure if the bootie will fit under my foot strap. 
https://www.rei.com/product/783912/kokatat-nomad-paddling-boots

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1 year 3 months ago #33093 by kwolfe
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I paddle flat water and these days I have neoprene bottoms with 5mm neoprene socks.  Good enough for getting in and out and keep my feet decently warm.  I don't think its the strap you need to worry about.  It's the footwell width.  
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1 year 3 months ago - 1 year 3 months ago #33094 by Henning DK
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I tried waterproof, but when going out from a beach and in a wetsuit (5 mm O'Neill Psycho One), dry feet is not an option. I normally use soft 3 mm Hiko neoprene socks when it gets colder, and for real winter paddling I simply add a pair of good quality winter running socks (with some merino wool) inside the neoprene socks. Feet are wet but warm, and still fit comfortably in the ski.

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1 year 3 months ago #33095 by ErikE
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Mile$ wrote: What do you guys use for launching in cold water in the winter. Ive looked at dive boots, but they don't look tall enough. And wadding boots look to big for footwell. Thanks


I have used these www.chillcheater.com/gloves-and-footwear...erproof-wading-socks when it's only slightly too cold for bare feet, www.hikosport.com/neopren-boots/2914-flexi-boty-2914.html when its a bit colder, and both in combination when its even colder.  They don't necessarily keep the feet dry, but do insulate quite well even when waterfilled.

One potential problem with neoprene boots, in addition to not fitting in the footwell, is that if the soles are stiff, you'll lose "pedal-feeling", which makes steering harder.  (the above mentioned Hiko Flexi boots have quite flexible soles)
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1 year 3 months ago #33096 by MCImes
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Erik, Where do you buy the flexi shoes (on the web - need them shipped to the US)? I googled it and nothing came up.

My feet were quite cold last night and its time to get some shoes. I like the look of those if I can get them in the US.

Thanks! 

Currently - Swordfish S in Southern California's ocean waters
Past Boats: Epic V10 g0, Stellar SR g1, Fenn XT g1
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1 year 3 months ago #33097 by agooding2
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I like the Astral boots and shoes flexible enough with good traction and just wear neoprene socks under them. 
The Astral Loyak has plenty of room for footpedals, and are very flexible
https://www.astraldesigns.com/shop/footwear/mens/loyak-ms
the Astral Hiyak are a little tight in the footwell but have some insulation added
https://www.astraldesigns.com/shop/footwear/unisex/hiyak
Both will last a lot longer than neoprene footgear.
-- Andrew

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1 year 3 months ago #33098 by Epicpaddler
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I'm in the same boat (no pun intended). Last year I bought a pair of NRS boundary boots.  www.nrs.com/product/2308/nrs-boundary-shoe . They are great as long as you stay in shallow water and keep your feet toasty warm and dry with a nice pair of wool socks underneath. The only problem is they are quite bulky and I could barely stuff them under the deck of my sea kayak. They are too wide to stuff in the footbox of my Epic surfski. So far I've been using a pair of 5mm neoprene wetsuit booties and my feet were pretty cold when the temp was in the 40's (Fahrenheit). I'm torn between abandoning my surfski for the winter and just paddling my sea kayak. I might eventually cave and buy a drysuit, but with 2 kids in college its a little hard to swing right now.

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1 year 3 months ago - 1 year 3 months ago #33099 by ErikE
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MCImes wrote: Erik, Where do you buy the flexi shoes (on the web - need them shipped to the US)? I googled it and nothing came up.
 


I bought mine here: www.welhonpesa.fi/tuote/3099/hiko-flexi-neopreenitossu
I don't know if they ship to US, or what the shipment costs might be in that case.

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1 year 3 months ago #33100 by Fath2o
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Maybe thick neoprene surfing booties with fleece socks?

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1 year 2 months ago #33176 by Wavehugger
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Atan socks work very well, choice of 3 and 6,5 mill. Windsurfers use these for the "barefoot" feeling:  www.wetsuitoutlet.co.uk/atan-m-153.html

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1 year 2 months ago #33185 by tve
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Marcus, you could try  www.rei.com/product/883302/sea-to-summit...a-flex-water-booties , they had them at the S.B. store earlier this year.

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