Lately I've found myself having a little slide on the small part of the gunnel running around the boat thats not gripped like the majority of the decking, only in certain conditions but its starting to frustrate me. I dont have the problem with my regular hikers as the surface of the pads has a nice grippy rubber covering, buy when Im wearing a drysuit (cold weather here in Ireland gets to me!) I have to wear a cheaper pair of hikers which fix around the waist and 2 straps around each leg, these have absolutely no grip what so ever. I've tried sex wax but it looks absolutely disgusting after your finished a days sailing and its impossible to get off the hikers. Is it against class rules to use somehting like these: http://www.boatbits.co.nz/shop/Chandlery/General/Deck+tread,+Carpet,+matting/3m+Safety+Walk.html Im going to assume seeing as i dont think i've ever seen a laser with anything on the deck that there is another stupidly out dated rule to say you cant put 10euro's worth of grip on your deck to hold your ass in place!