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Boots, any advice ?

Postby bluesky66 » Mon Sep 25, 2017 11:09 pm

Hi,

I have a pair of gul power boot 5 mm round toe and struggle to feel my surfboard.
I am a beginner though and can manage a take off most of the time on white waters. Since I am wearing these, it becomes really hard for me to feel where my feet are.
It takes me either longer to take off to make sure my feet are well positionned either fall off.

Just wondering if anyone would have any advice on this.
They are good boots overall and don't feel the cold but didn't put much in it so I thought maybe there are better quality boots ? Maybe 3 mm instead of 5 mm ?

Thanks
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Re: Boots, any advice ?

Postby Black » Tue Sep 26, 2017 8:02 am

Boots are a necessary evil. You just have to put up with it. I have those or very similar & wear in winter only. Sizing is crucial.
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Re: Boots, any advice ?

Postby BoredatWork925 » Fri Oct 06, 2017 4:17 pm

Pop into a shop and have a feel of the soles - some are thinner than others. I use O'Neill 'heat' boots and they have a very thin sole with loads of feel and they're better than my previous Gul boots. I'm on my second pair now, because the soles are so thin I wear through them once a year! They've thickened the latest model though, so pop to a shop and have a look.
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Re: Boots, any advice ?

Postby Philchapman » Thu Feb 01, 2018 1:23 pm

Normally wear split toe boots. Thought I'd try round toe again... MISTAKE. Bought some O'Neill heat 5mm boots, and they are the worst boots I've ever owned. I wondered what all the tiny bits of black rubber were doing in them after 2 surfs, and it's the neoprene inside breaking down. Feet float around in them they are so baggy. Total waste of money. Bought 'blind' online, so no trying on. You live and learn.

Back to Xcel, or might try Need Essentials.
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Re: Boots, any advice ?

Postby BoredatWork925 » Thu Feb 15, 2018 5:03 pm

Philchapman wrote:Normally wear split toe boots. Thought I'd try round toe again... MISTAKE. Bought some O'Neill heat 5mm boots, and they are the worst boots I've ever owned. I wondered what all the tiny bits of black rubber were doing in them after 2 surfs, and it's the neoprene inside breaking down. Feet float around in them they are so baggy. Total waste of money. Bought 'blind' online, so no trying on. You live and learn.

Back to Xcel, or might try Need Essentials.


That's really strange and certainly not my experience. I'm on my 3rd pair of O'Neill Heat 5mm (the thin soles wear out quite quickly if you use them a lot) and I use them at least once a week with no issues at all. Other than the heels wearing through, the build quality has been rock solid - not a single issue.
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Re: Boots, any advice ?

Postby Chris F » Mon Feb 19, 2018 5:34 pm

Get used to them. I feel weird surfing without them, even in "summer" in North Sea.
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Re: Boots, any advice ?

Postby Philchapman » Fri Feb 23, 2018 4:21 pm

BoredatWork925 wrote:
Philchapman wrote:Normally wear split toe boots. Thought I'd try round toe again... MISTAKE. Bought some O'Neill heat 5mm boots, and they are the worst boots I've ever owned. I wondered what all the tiny bits of black rubber were doing in them after 2 surfs, and it's the neoprene inside breaking down. Feet float around in them they are so baggy. Total waste of money. Bought 'blind' online, so no trying on. You live and learn.

Back to Xcel, or might try Need Essentials.


That's really strange and certainly not my experience. I'm on my 3rd pair of O'Neill Heat 5mm (the thin soles wear out quite quickly if you use them a lot) and I use them at least once a week with no issues at all. Other than the heels wearing through, the build quality has been rock solid - not a single issue.


I've had some Mutants (old style) the last few times, and they've been great. Thought I'd try something different, and they're like trying to surf in wellington boots. I struggle enough in winter gear as it is! I'm glad you have no issues, but mine are utter shite.
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