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Windsurf Booties: Which Ones Work?
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grantmac017



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PostPosted: Sun Nov 11, 2018 12:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I did the molding but didn't gain the room I wanted in the big toe and instead got more room I didn't want in the heel. I may try it again with an ace bandage wrapped around the heel or perhaps just hot water in the toe.
I do feel like they have gotten more comfortable with use, plus I have very sensitive big toes.

Are the 6mm much thicker in the foot area or just the upper? The 3mm are definitely not 3mm thick in the foot. So I think the thickness is more a measure of neoprene equivalence.
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NOVAAN



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PostPosted: Mon Nov 12, 2018 12:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Try thin low socks on your feet inside your booties.
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dhmark



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PostPosted: Mon Nov 12, 2018 3:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Anybody have the round toe Atan booties? I like the split toe in terms of fit and especially feel with the thin soles (I only need them for warmth not protection, and only use booties when water < 52 degrees), but I find that the split-toe booties are rather wide at front of foot, and the latex is a bit sticky, thus a bit hard to get into and out of footstraps.
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erniej



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PostPosted: Wed Jun 26, 2019 2:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I wrote this for windsurfers with narrow feet trying to find boots: https://diasp.org/posts/4b2edff0309a01369875047d7b62795e
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steve1



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PostPosted: Tue Jul 16, 2019 10:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just got back into windsurfing after 5 years. My old booties were shot. So as an experiment, I used my Vibram 5 fingers gym shoes (you know the ones that everybody laughs at. They turned out to be simply the best windsurfing shoes I have ever tried.


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dvCali



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PostPosted: Wed Jul 17, 2019 12:46 am    Post subject: Xcel Reply with quote

Just bought a pair of Xcel 1mm Reef Infinity Split Toe. Extremely comfortable, very thin naked foot feeling, strong enough to walk over sbmerged rocks at Coyote, and cheap from Swim outlet!


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cgoudie1



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PostPosted: Wed Jul 17, 2019 9:38 am    Post subject: Re: Xcel Reply with quote

Do they make a high top?

-Craig

dvCali wrote:
Just bought a pair of Xcel 1mm Reef Infinity Split Toe. Extremely comfortable, very thin naked foot feeling, strong enough to walk over sbmerged rocks at Coyote, and cheap from Swim outlet!
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dvCali



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PostPosted: Wed Jul 17, 2019 10:18 am    Post subject: Re: Xcel Reply with quote

cgoudie1 wrote:
Do they make a high top?

-Craig

dvCali wrote:
Just bought a pair of Xcel 1mm Reef Infinity Split Toe. Extremely comfortable, very thin naked foot feeling, strong enough to walk over sbmerged rocks at Coyote, and cheap from Swim outlet!


loos like they do https://www.swimoutlet.com/p/xcel-3mm-xplorer-split-toe-neoprene-bootie-8122411/?color=9325
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gronquist



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PostPosted: Wed Jul 17, 2019 11:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I came across this boot, recommended by a fellow I met from Hood River. It's the best I've used yet: it doesn't hold water and get baggy, and it feels less like you're wearing a bootie.

https://us.oneill.com/products/4786-002-heat-ninja-3mm-boot?variant=49311772175&rmsrc=1&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIq-j_n7O84wIVx8DACh0XFwFxEAQYASABEgJ1nfD_BwE

I'm size 11, but the 10 1/2 is working great for me.
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grantmac017



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PostPosted: Wed Jul 17, 2019 6:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm still absolutely LOVING my Solites. I'll happily buy another pair every year.
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