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Sup surfing booties with zips ? Or other mechanisms that are easy to get off..

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Created by London 24 days ago, 4 Jul 2021
London
SA, 51 posts
4 Jul 2021 10:55PM
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I am sick of struggling to get my rip curl flash bomb booties on and off in winter and they take ages to dry ( but work well) ... I want to try booties with zips or any mechanism that are easy to get on and off.. Any suggestions on booties with Zips ? Not super cold water here in Adelaide so 3 to 4 mm is enough. Not many options with zips. Perhaps because they don't work as well ?

JasonProsser
NSW, 258 posts
5 Jul 2021 8:11AM
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London said..
I am sick of struggling to get my rip curl flash bomb booties on and off in winter and they take ages to dry ( but work well) ... I want to try booties with zips or any mechanism that are easy to get on and off.. Any suggestions on booties with Zips ? Not super cold water here in Adelaide so 3 to 4 mm is enough. Not many options with zips. Perhaps because they don't work as well ?


I've used zippered dive boots in the past. Easy on / off. Sizing can b a bit hit and miss as you are not really designed for walking around in. Thicker soles usually. A trick we always used when washing the shop gear was to always leave the zippers at half way position after washing. That way you still has a boot you could use if it stuck as opposed to one with the zipper stuck fully down or fully up - useless.

supthecreek
2230 posts
5 Jul 2021 7:18AM
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I haven't used a surf bootie in decades.
COLD New England winters, surfing as low as -13c

I gave up the fight around 2005 and went happily to Side Zip Dive Boots.... (half the price of surf boots)

Comfortable, keep me warm and..... after a session, I unzip and step out.
Great at stumbling through rocks at low tide, and solid grip on my SUPs

These are the boots I use, but mine are only 5 mm
Yeah... water gets in... but then they are wetsuit boots





hilly
WA, 6137 posts
5 Jul 2021 7:27AM
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SW WA the low cut ones are warm enough




colas
4267 posts
5 Jul 2021 11:33AM
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London said..
they take ages to dry


Just buy a shoe dryer, something that blows cold or just a bit warm air (no more than 40C).
Or just make one yourself with computer fans and bits of tubing :-)



micksmith
VIC, 1547 posts
5 Jul 2021 2:48PM
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I know you said zip but I really find the quicksilver liquid dipped are easy on and off, toasty warm and comfy as.
not sponsored by quicky

finsup
WA, 76 posts
5 Jul 2021 8:31PM
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colas said..

London said..
they take ages to dry



Just buy a shoe dryer, something that blows cold or just a bit warm air (no more than 40C).
Or just make one yourself with computer fans and bits of tubing :-)






... you could dry a board with that!

Wet Willy
TAS, 2295 posts
5 Jul 2021 10:40PM
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Or use two pairs, on alternate days, so they have time to dry out? They'll last twice as long, so it's not really like you'd be spending more money

I LOVE my Flashbombs here in freezing Tassie. They keep most of the water out, enough so that my tootsies stay toasty.



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