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Windsurf Booties: Which Ones Work?
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norcom



Joined: 16 Jun 2008
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 18, 2013 1:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

zirtaeb wrote:
The arch strap is needed to keep your toes from sliding forwards inside the booties until you jam your toes.
When you're in the straps, your feet tend to slide waaaay forwards inside the booties because the strap holds the sides of the booties, but the toes are free.


I have two pairs of Superfreaks, split toe and round toe. They both have the arch strap and they're useless. They do not help at keeping my foot sliding into the front. The tough rubber of the Superfreaks hurts my toes and I hate these booties.

The Atans do not have an arch strap and I don't have any issues because of how soft they are. But because they're very soft they're also nowhere near as durable as the Superfreaks. I throw the freaks into the washer after each use and they're still fine. The Atans didin't last 3 months and yet I'm going to buy another pair. Currently I keep gluing them back together for just one more session.
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Sailboarder



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PostPosted: Tue Jun 18, 2013 2:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mine are O'Neil Heat RT round toe, are quite comfy and I can tell right away if the strap in undone. I wonder if the exact model is important or maybe it's more the foot shape. Good luck!
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3-phase



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PostPosted: Thu Jun 20, 2013 6:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Atan boots, I use them since 5 years with pretty good results.
To prolong the life do not wash them in the weashing machine or tumble dry, do not use soap, do not expose them unnecessary to UV, and do not turn them over to dry.

Other than that they are great in fit feel and comfort. To take them off push a bit down push am over the heel and then they come off pretty easy as said do not turn them over.

Any question regarding them call or text me 310-729-1361

Jurg
www.windsurfdeal.com
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steve1



Joined: 30 Apr 1998
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Location: Alameda, CA

PostPosted: Sun May 18, 2014 6:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have just started wearing my Vibram 5 fingers (KMD Sport) for windsurfing and wow! They feel like sailing barefoot - which sadly is impossible where I launch.

This after decades of trying everything else.

Two sessions so far. Last week in 15-20MPH winds on a 105l using a 5.6 and yesterday over powered on a 95l board (forgot to load my 85l) in 30-34MPH winds with a 4.7 and 4.3.

60 minutes of bump and jump with some epic crashes and the KMD's held up fine.
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UncleRandy



Joined: 18 Sep 2009
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PostPosted: Sun May 18, 2014 6:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I like the atan split toe also on my third pair. Mine last about 2 season's.
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outhaul



Joined: 27 Sep 2011
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PostPosted: Sun May 18, 2014 8:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Okespor Gorge and Florida for me. Their kite booties are great too and a bit more durable than the Gorge. The Florida do not have a strap but are great for lower wind sailing and are super easy on/off.
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Bigwave65



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PostPosted: Mon May 19, 2014 2:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

O'neill superfreak tropical split toes for me- thin, good wear, no hang ups in footstraps, don't slip off & good traction. I get about 100 rides( 2 seasons) before I wear them out.
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