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Submitted: 04-25-2007 by Puppe

When deciding which neo-mukluks (neo-kamiks ?) to buy, I briefly entertained the idea of getting Chota's Quicklace Mukluk. Some advisors cautioned against the possibility of hooking one of the laces on a foot peg or other hardware during a wet exit. OK, it might be a remote possibility - but it would ruin your day. Mostly, I didn't want to spend almost $50 more for essentially the same boot with laces.

I've used the 'Luk Light now in tepid to near freezing waters for one winter season. It has substantive insulating value. Unlike most neo-booties available, it has adequate room in the toes and ankle for heavy socks to fit in, even when you buy your true shoe-size. The calf fits tight however, and that might be an issue for stouter boaters. This boot is high, it's about a 16" riser. If you are shorter, but have large feet, it may come up to your knee. It has a good cinch around the calf and makes a tight seal against a wetsuit leg. It's a little less useful with gusseted drysuit legs designed for booties however. Swimming, you WILL take on a good bit of water, but not an excessive amount.

I'm rating these an "8", taking a point off for a loose fit on the lower calf (where the water gets in)and another point off for no hint of an arch support(I reckon nothing will score a 10 then). The loose area above the ankle flops a bit and that's where the water accumulates also. Boot makers have no excuse for omitting even a small arch. The integrated footbed on these guys is neoprene and perfect for including an arch support. The solid, treaded, wrap-around rubber soles lead you to believe you can walk some on these. But carrying your boat without good support could crush your arches. Still a great product though.

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