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Re: Booties and Gloves thread [Re: Aruka] #2157287
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In my experience the velcro straps on the top cause kinks in the cuff, which act as conduits for water to flood into the bootie when you get a leg flush. Try not to tighten that top strap at all or take it off entirely. Plus super-stretch neoprene tends to bag out easier, compounding the problem.

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ninjas work for me-- as everyone has already stated-- closest to feeling like you're not wearing boots. Booties--like condoms, suck. So, if you have to wear either one, go for the thinnest, most natural feel you can find. The Ninjas are as close as you're going to get to the feel of rawdogging.

Yes, the velcro straps on the top of the Ninjas suck, but... buy some of these

https://www.google.com/search?q=REI+velcro+straps&espv=210&es_sm=91&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ei=zi3tUobkEoPEyQH26YHgDw&ved=0CAgQ_AUoAg&biw=1280&bih=679#facrc=_&imgrc=IPGujU9Pfpe-pM%253A%3BoX844p_Yv2O4JM%3Bhttp%253A%252F%252Fwww.rei.com%252Fzoom%252F848430%252F150%3Bhttp%253A%252F%252Fwww.rei.com%252Fsearch%253Fquery%253DVelcro%252Bstrap%3B150%3B150

for like 2 bucks and problem solved. I buy a new set of the velcro straps every year as the velcro's grip inevitably lessens over time.

Re: Booties and Gloves thread [Re: Aruka] #2398105
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I think I was liking the Quick Cypher booties when I started this thread but they took the best feature (the zig-zagging strap/lace system) and did away with it in favor of a one strap system like everyone else has.

Been back in the Xcel Drylock round toes for the past year. Sized down to a 10.

Newer liner doesn't get all stank like the old ones but otherwise they remain pretty well unchanged from years past. Oh I guess the strap is angled different now too which does seem to be an improvement.

Durability is not amazing and probably worse than it used to be and the price just keeps going up but they're probably the warmest and best fitting bootie out there still.

Glove-wise I think I like the oneill 3mm's the best cuz they fit snug and have good grip.

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Last time I used booties was two years ago: Rubber Soul by Rip Curl, which are strapless booties dipped in liquid neoprene. Great sensation while surfing, as close to going without booties as I've experienced. However, they filled with water after about an hour, and looked like balloons. I routinely took them off, dumped out the water, and put them on again during surf sessions. Maybe it was a fit issue.

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Nah that's part of the problem with the dipped booties. I had the same issue with the Rip Curl and Xcel dipped ones even though I sized down so they were super snug.

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7mm round-toe oniell booties for me. Best $50 I've ever spent.

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The 7 mil Xcel mittens I bought last year were a vast improvement over the 5 mil lobster claws that consistently left my hands freezing last winter when the water was in the 30s.

Those dipped booties just seem like an invitation to tearing. Hard to be careful when you are freezing and can't wait to get in a hot shower.

I don't even like to talk about booties and gloves right now. The water is so warm it just makes me sad knowing I have to bust them out again...

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Boots: Rip Curl Flashbomb 5mm

They're comfortable and do their job. My sessions with them have been between 1-4 hours, they held up on the longer end of that. The water isn't very cold right now (mid 50's headed downward) but they are very warm. They're also really comfortable and don't feel bulky, the material in the sole is very soft. The issue I have with them is mostly design. I don't like all the velcro going on, especially the one around my ankle. It will eventually mess up the ankle of my suit and pull at the material.

Gloves: XCEL Drylock 5mm claws

They are very comfortable, have held up in long sessions. They go on very easy, fold the cuff over and boom they slide on. The water is not really really cold right now, but so far they have been nice and warm. No problem paddling with them, flushing or any of that.

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Update on the 5mm Flashbomb boots: probably bought them a little big (my normal shoe size). They were filling up with water and I couldn't last now that the water is high 30 low 40 area. Picked up the Xcel Dylock 7mm review below.

Xcel Drylock 7mm boots: these things are good. Super comfortable, very very warm. Pretty easy to get on and off. I really like the way these are constructed compared to my flashbombs (less velcro). Pay careful attention to the size, they seem to run big. I'm an 11.5 or 12 in most shoes and went with the 11, they're nice and snug and my feet have been literally near dry if not dry.

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Originally Posted By: J_D_J
Last time I used booties was two years ago: Rubber Soul by Rip Curl, which are strapless booties dipped in liquid neoprene. Great sensation while surfing, as close to going without booties as I've experienced. However, they filled with water after about an hour, and looked like balloons. I routinely took them off, dumped out the water, and put them on again during surf sessions. Maybe it was a fit issue.


I almost bought a pair of those a couple of years back because they felt so good when I tried them on. As I was reaching for my credit card, my friend whispered "you'll be sorrrrry" in my ear. After everything I've read about them, I think he was right.

The only booties I can tolerate are Ninjas. Also, I sprained my ankle once and my doctor told me it was probably because my booties didn't fit right. The ones in question had hard rubber soles. Never again.

And don't any of you guys know the trick where you put the cardboard tube from a roll of toilet paper in each booties while it dries, and that way you don't get booty stank?


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Originally Posted By: Witchipoo
And don't any of you guys know the trick where you put the cardboard tube from a roll of toilet paper in each booties while it dries, and that way you don't get booty stank?


Simba, all that the piss touches gets stank.



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Do you guys size your gloves tight, snug, or a bit big?


We'll take the road that leads down to the waterside.
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Originally Posted By: ciscojaws
Do you guys size your gloves tight, snug, or a bit big?


Definitely not big. I try to go about as snug as I can handle without it being like painful. Gloves stretch out within the first few uses and once they get baggy they fill with water and it's a nightmare. The thinner they are the quicker and more they eventually stretch out. I am a large in work gloves or latex gloves but I go for medium wetsuit gloves and it usually works out.

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I'm still nursing my 5mm Flashbomb Round toes.

I mistakenly bought split toes and had to give them away to a friend. My big toe would go numb.

For me, I like the 5 mil over the 3 mil. If it's cold enough to wear them, I don't want my feet to get cold. the extra thickness helps. If my feet are numb, what was the point of wearing boots?

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