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Barefoot Socks

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Created by mr love Two weeks ago, 1 Sep 2021
mr love
VIC, 2106 posts
1 Sep 2021 11:16AM
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I was just wondereing if anybody has tried these for Windsurfing...on their page there is an image of somebody with thier feet in straps.

Any feedback would be welcomed...

www.getfyf.com/

LeeD
3132 posts
1 Sep 2021 9:22AM
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I know this is wierd, but a bud of mine, a very good Formula rider, always wears regular white gym socks and swears by the grip and feel.

Clue Thirst
41 posts
1 Sep 2021 9:59AM
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Would sand ingress not be a problem on a beach?

seanhogan
3336 posts
1 Sep 2021 2:22PM
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mr love said..
.on their page there is an image of somebody with thier feet in straps.



but it's a kiter ! won't work with windsurfing !

LOL
the shop where I buy mine (skinners.cc/en/cms/technology) used to stock the brand you mention but no longer do as according to them they weren't protective enough for sharp rocks and reef.





515
617 posts
1 Sep 2021 5:39PM
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I have wide toes/high arch and just don't like the feeling of booties
Windsurf wavesailing I would launch the rock walk in split toe booties then sail out the back and take them off and tie loop around the universal joint.
The next idea was to plan the sail back in and put booties on out back then sail in but doesn't always work when big set rolls in but lets be honest as doesn't happen.
I found some spots ok to walk around sharp shells for windsurfing but the pull of kiting cuts your feet up! Really interested to catch up with real life experiences of both projects ??

ducati
QLD, 454 posts
1 Sep 2021 8:22PM
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I wonder if these are any good on ebay at a fraction of the cost
www.ebay.com.au/itm/313615927754?hash=item4904f749ca:g:6B8AAOSwdgVg~aJQ

bocky71
VIC, 2 posts
1 Sep 2021 8:24PM
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I've have been wearing them for about three years and really like them. The sand does get in and fill up the space in the toe if you have short toes. Super tough and really take the edges off any sharp hits they have been great when I kick the foil

mr love
VIC, 2106 posts
1 Sep 2021 8:53PM
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You don't have any issues with them pulling off when you pull the feet out of the straps?

shoodbegood
VIC, 860 posts
1 Sep 2021 9:04PM
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Any warmth factor?

Could be good for winter surfing and walking back over the rocks.

dkeating
VIC, 203 posts
1 Sep 2021 10:01PM
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The sea urchins seem to be slowly coming back around Pt Henry Geelong. Booties help but the spines still penitrate, I wonder if they would offer any better protection.

Paducah
1469 posts
1 Sep 2021 8:20PM
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ducati said..
I wonder if these are any good on ebay at a fraction of the cost
www.ebay.com.au/itm/313615927754?hash=item4904f749ca:g:6B8AAOSwdgVg~aJQ


They only come in a single size so... I don't know if "any good" but likely "not as good"

bocky71
VIC, 2 posts
2 Sep 2021 8:50PM
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No they fit pretty firm around the foot the red swiss bit is a bit floppy around my skinny ankles but once there on they don't move. They do take a bit to put on to get your toes in the holes.

Ben1973
641 posts
2 Sep 2021 7:08PM
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The skinners are actually really good, I thought they would slip off and move around but they don't. You can certainly feel when you step on a sharp object like a shell but so far no cuts

Henners
47 posts
3 Sep 2021 6:35AM
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I bought some cheap cut resistant socks off aliexpress. I found out that they were great on a padded deck but not so great on a deck that was gritty, as the little green grip pads on the bottom of the sock started to get worn down and I lost traction. I did a few tests with the kitchen knife, I tried slicing through them and the socks held together, I put the socks on and tried the same thing. I could not bring myself go psycho stabbing myself, so not sure how they would be against sea urchins. At my spot there is a fair amount of oysters and rocks, so far the socks are holding up.
I use them when foiling as I cut my toe on the rear foil and it put me out of the water for a long month. But when I am on regular fins I prefer not to wear them. But if I go from foiling to being on a slapper I do feel kind of naked without them.
Winter is coming up and normally I don't wear booties but I would like to see if these socks will provide me with a little bit more comfort from the wind.
If you are interested in the socks: www.aliexpress.com/item/1005002836863851.html?spm=a2g0s.9042311.0.0.27424c4dn5qrPM

Jens
WA, 314 posts
3 Sep 2021 6:56AM
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Need essentials booties are good and also good value. The low cut ones feel very free and you are going to be much better protected by their rubber sole. Cheers Jens

mr love
VIC, 2106 posts
3 Sep 2021 9:39AM
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Thanks everybody...I might look at the skinners

John340
QLD, 2349 posts
3 Sep 2021 12:29PM
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Martin, If you are after barefoot like feel, then have a look at Atan Sunfast 3mm boots. I've been wearing them for 4 years

www.24-7boardsports.com/wetsuit-boots-shoes/?sort=featured&page=2

I forget I have them on, they don't let sand in, give you reasonable protection, are warm in winter but not too hot for a Qld summer.

Manuel7
662 posts
3 Sep 2021 7:39PM
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Used split toe Atan booties. Not as warm in super cold waters but really nice board feel.

Peter Hands
NSW, 231 posts
4 Sep 2021 2:42PM
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John340 said..
Martin, If you are after barefoot like feel, then have a look at Atan Sunfast 3mm boots. I've been wearing them for 4 years

www.24-7boardsports.com/wetsuit-boots-shoes/?sort=featured&page=2

I forget I have them on, they don't let sand in, give you reasonable protection, are warm in winter but not too hot for a Qld summer.


Have used ATAN 3mm for years, more feel than reef style booties and better slide in/out of straps so less risk of injury, but less tough on the sharp stuff as tradeoff

mr love
VIC, 2106 posts
Wednesday , 15 Sep 2021 7:36AM
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I used the skinners for the first time yesterday and I really like them. I could not notice I had them on as they are so light and thin, slipped in and out of the straps really easily which was great as I had a couple of really big foil breaches and crashes...ha. My only issue would be they do get sand in them but I only noticed it when I was unrigging.....good exfoliation for my manky old man feet.
Lets see how long they last but so far its a thumbs up.

drlazone
54 posts
Wednesday , 15 Sep 2021 10:31AM
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I bought them on AliExpress.

Pro:
great feel , similar to barefoot (great on deck but also painful on rocks)
extremely cut resistant (zebra mussels do nothing to them, don't even fray them), no cut with foils
long wearing (looks like new even after several months of use every 3 days average for 3-5h at a time wingfoiling)
don't come off even with hard falls
more slippery to come out of the straps than even barefoot
fits my 8-9 US feet perfectly
relatively quick drying and don't stink like neoprene
cheap, esp on AliExpress

Con:
only one size, my son's size 10 and long toes don't fit
the antigrip pads do wear out a bit on the heel after a few months
no warmth at all
does not protect against pointy stuff like broken sharp shells, plant needles and presumably sea urchin
friends will make fun of you esp if you buy the brownish one, the black one looks more like regular neoprene booties

I like them so much I bought another 4 pairs, but so far only used 1 pair and still lasting after several months



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