Boot Choices

Discussion in 'Laser Talk' started by TimClark, Apr 23, 2006.

  1. TimClark

    TimClark New Member

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    Well, I need to get new boots for the summer and I have narrowed it down to the following and wanted some other peoples' opinions on the boots.

    1. Maramu Aigle-I like the boots and have heard good things about them but I don't know if they are good for straight toe hiking.
    2. Rooster Ankle Boot-These boots seem like they would be really good for a Laser and straight toe hiking
    3. Helly Hansen Shorehike Breathe-These are new boots, they look pretty "advanced" but the features on them seem nice, mesh sides and draining footbed, and they look flexible in the places where it needs to flex.

    Any other ideas of boots to get would be good to, but I'm not getting the Gills so don't even say it.
     
  2. Glen

    Glen New Member

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    I highly recomend the Aigle Bora boot.

    It is really nice becauses it has a neoprene liner on the inside of the waterproof outer layer. These are nice because the boots rarely get wet on the inside, as opposed to the only neoprene boots, which always get wet when you go out, so you spend half your time trying to dry them for the next regatta. The neoprene liner is nice because it keeps your feet warm, without having to wear socks, like the Aigle Maramu boots.

    The only problem with the Aigle Bora boots is the zipper. There is no strap bellow the zipper, so when you are sailing the zipper tends to ride down, and the result is that you are trying to reach down to zip them back up a couple times a day. But this can be solved by wrapping a piece of electrical tape around them.
     
  3. TimClark

    TimClark New Member

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    The thing is about the Bora is, I am only getting boots for summer sailing, so I don't really need the neoprene because I won't be getting cold. I have my neoprene boots for frostbiting. For the Maramu, do you mean that the lining irritates the foot and requires wearing a sock, or are you talking about colder weather? Thanks for the info.
     
  4. Glen

    Glen New Member

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    I know some people who have the Marmaru, I have never worn it, but the inside is just pure rubber (i think), so that would probably be a little irritating.
     
  5. TimClark

    TimClark New Member

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    What I am thinking is, I could get a Maramu, then put in a thin neoprene sock as a liner and it would be just as effective as the Bora, but wouldn't have the zipper hassle. Thanks for the info. Anybody else? How does the Maramu work in straight toe hiking?

    Tim
     
  6. Ross B

    Ross B Guest

    get the Gill boots, good for all seasons, and you can straight leg hike in em, i love em
     
  7. TimClark

    TimClark New Member

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    I have the gills, and I personally think they suck. First, they are hot as hell during the summer, they are flexible in some places that is needed, but other places is not. So, anybody else have advice with the listed boots or have any other ideas.

    Tim
     
  8. Ross B

    Ross B Guest

    yea, they are hot as hell in the summer, and they stink like a monkeys ass, but i deal with it, i also wear these booties by magic marine, they just go up to the ankle, and htere pretty good, where do you live tim?
     
  9. TimClark

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    CT, but last summer was really bad up here. Everyday included the following, no wind, humidity like no other, and buttloads of jellyfish so they boots really started to stink and heat up.
     
  10. Ross B

    Ross B Guest

    yea, in Southern California, it can get bad too, just plain hot and not much wind, very stinky, try the booties from magic marine, there pretty nice
     
  11. TimClark

    TimClark New Member

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    I've seen them, and the Rooster Booties look really well designed for hiking but not caused overheating. Thanks for the info though.

    Tim
     
  12. Ross B

    Ross B Guest

    i love the rooster stuff, beleive me, half my gear is rooster, but for some reason, the boots dont do it for me, i just dont like the straps over the arch of the foot, cuz if you tire out after a day, and you hike there, or even if you usually hike there, you have a stap there, so yea
     
  13. TimClark

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    The thing is for me though, those straps aren't any wear close to where my feet are on the hiking strap. My tippy-toes are normally whats holding me in, when I tire out I move to about 1-2 inches further back. But to each his own, eh?
     
  14. Dutchlaser

    Dutchlaser New Member

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    I'd go for the Zhik boots. Look at this.
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    Please note that this works out best with the Zhik hiking strap.
    http://www.zhik.com
     
  15. Radial 171107

    Radial 171107 New Member

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    My boots have a ripple sole and have loads of grip. Only problem is they aren't best for hiking, the strap really cuts onto my foot. The Zhik sounds good to me. The helly hansen's are a bit uppish on the price front is that true?
     
  16. Sarah B

    Sarah B New Member

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    Xtremity boots for me. I use their beach slipper ones all year round. Really grippy around the toes and not clumpy like the Aigles. I also have some Rooster boots, but find them too bulky. They are however very grippy.
     
  17. Pop-n-Jack

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    I'd go for boots with zippers. I dive and from experience boots with zippers are a lot easier to get on and off, especially when wet. You can also layer better with boots with zippers.
     
  18. Radial 171107

    Radial 171107 New Member

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    I guess you should not really listen to me because i dotn know all too much about boots. I mean, once upon a time i never used to wear them, but then i saw someone dislocate a few toes in the self bailer (not a pretty site). My boots have zippers, they're a tiny bit big but they tend to be nice and easy to slip off after a hard days racing.
     
  19. SFBayLaser

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    I have experience with Aigle Maramu and the HH Shorehike (neoprene) boots. As you suggested, I wear a pair of O'Neill neoprene booties inside the Aigles to help keep my feet warm but also to fill up the air space so they boots won't collect a lot of water (they are heavy enough!). The best thing about the Aigles, I think, is that they can be laced up tight on your foot so there is no possibility of coming off. And they have nothing to grab onto the mainsheet on those windy days.

    I like the HH boots a lot, they are much lighter than the Aigles, really comfortable to wear, have a tough sole and a good upper surface for hiking. Unfortunately, they also run a zipper right up the top of the boot which can start to unzip while hiking (because your feet get extended straight out - the boot flexes in a manner that works the zipper). And, worse, when its really windy the velcro straps have a bad habit of grabbing a hold of the mainsheet. I've had a couple of interesting weather mark roundings, that is for sure!

    So... for me, I've decided to use the Aigles in lighter air (under 10 knots) and the Aigles in windy events (or cold weather).

    Tracy
     
  20. madyottie

    madyottie Apprentice

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    I've tried a few and at the moment my favourites are the Magic Marine tx5 boots. No zips, so a bit hard to get on and off, but really comfy on and off the beach, and feel good under a padded toestrap.

    BTW, I work in a chandlery but we dont sell them, so I buy my boots from the competition! lol!
     

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