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Post by Kayak_ben » Mon Dec 19, 2016 5:26 pm

Which boots/shoes do you guys recommend? Looking for comfortable both in and out of the water

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Re: Boots

Post by PhilBar » Mon Dec 19, 2016 6:49 pm

I've found the Lomo Aqua Boots to be very good. I think Santa is getting me a new pair as I've worn my original pair out!

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Re: Boots

Post by adventureagent » Mon Dec 19, 2016 9:45 pm

I'm finding the best ever.
Warm, flexible in the boat, cushioned, protective harder sole liner, cinchable top, 18" or so height.
Check the web for users' reports.

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Re: Boots

Post by PlymouthDamo » Mon Dec 19, 2016 10:11 pm

How much room have you got in your boat? None of my boats have room for anything bigger than neoprene wetsuit boots, so I use a pair which I got from Lidl, which have a zip up the side. To me, they're the perfect footwear: comfortable, grippy for clambering over rocks, hard-wearing (mine are as-new after 3 years of abuse) and can be readily turned inside out for fast drying after you've rinsed your kit.

All my boats have bulkhead footrests though - if you've got 'pegs' then you might need something with a firmer sole.

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Re: Boots

Post by sleepyfolk » Mon Dec 19, 2016 11:10 pm

Been using these gul ones - very good over the rocks and walking with the boat ... 15483.html

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Re: Boots

Post by rockhopper » Wed Dec 21, 2016 1:19 pm

I have moved away from the neoprene wetsuit type of boots. My favourite alternatives at present are the Palm Gradient boot
Very comfy, strong and grippy.

or for more summer, easy paddling type days I have been using Gul Aqua trainers ... 17343.html
Again, very comfy and grippy and have drain holes in the sole.

Only thing i am careful to do with both pairs are to tuck the laces inside the shoes just to make sure they don't get caught on the footplate adjusters in the kayak.


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Re: Boots

Post by Big Fish » Wed Dec 21, 2016 10:42 pm

Lomo every time. The molded soles are high quality for preventing slippages on wet rocks and portages, and the boots protect your feet from the other trauma that occur in the course of a day's kayaking. They are also suitable for walking in so portages and launching are safe and comfortable. Most boots are made for sailors who generally have non slip surfaces in their boats so they have rubbish grip, and they don't walk far so there is no arch support and the sole doesn't behave like a real boot, unlike the Lomo which does.

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Re: Boots

Post by jamiemagee » Thu Dec 22, 2016 11:28 pm

I like the lomo ones. Brilliant sole on them

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Check the length of Lomo boots

Post by nickcrowhurst » Fri Dec 23, 2016 10:52 am

I've purchased the Lomo boots, but they have very thick welts at the heels and toes, and they are too large to fit in my sea kayaks. I've used my bench grinder to reduce the relevant areas, but I still can't reduce them to the length of my previous many sets of boots without risking grinding holes. This could be worth checking. Otherwise they are great boots.

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