I have a new drysuit with attached booties.
I am concerned that these booties will rip or wear out after numerous trips carrying kayak down to launch sites.
What do you wear on your feet to protect the booties on your drysuit?
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Posted by: Peter-CA on Aug-01-13 9:27 PM (EST)
Always wear something over the booties.
Deep See dive booties|
Posted by: willowleaf on Aug-01-13 9:37 PM (EST)
I've used a pair of side zip Deep See 5mm neoprene hard sole dive booties for the past 4 years. Very easy to put on over the attached socks.
Posted by: dc9mm on Aug-01-13 11:28 PM (EST)
I got them 2 sizes larger so to have room for drysuit booties and socks inside my drysuit I wear.
booties, but may need a larger size|
Posted by: bignate on Aug-02-13 12:34 AM (EST)
First, to echo Peter-CA, don't walk around in your drysuit socks without footwear if you can avoid it. They can, and will, wear and aren't exactly cheap to replace.
Always an oversock then shoes|
Posted by: desertdave on Aug-02-13 1:27 AM (EST)
Either a neoprene wetsock, or some other relatively tight-fitting sock that will eliminate sand getting between the drysuit booties and any other surface is what you want. I have some sealskin 'waterproof' socks that work great for this, they are not of much use for anything else, and they were in the drawer.
Protect inside and out|
Posted by: Celia on Aug-02-13 8:52 AM (EST)
If I'm wearing a dry suit|
Posted by: Andy_Szymczak on Aug-02-13 9:17 AM (EST)
Then either I'm paddling in cold water or the outdoor temps are cold. My chota's are 1/2 size bigger than I need and I wear wool/smartwool socks or fleece socks under the dry suit and within the booties. I can slip my feet easily into the chota boots. I like warm feet! Nothing is as uncomfortable as having cold feet while paddling.
Posted by: alistair on Aug-02-13 9:35 AM (EST)
Has anyone tried wearing a TEVA style sandal ?
Posted by: Andy_Szymczak on Aug-02-13 9:43 AM (EST)
I'd rather keep the booties protected. I have Teva's but have never used them with a dry suit.
Sandles not recommended|
Posted by: Guideboatguy on Aug-02-13 9:50 AM (EST)
How often have you gotten little bits grit under your feet when wearing sandals? When stepping in water, even the best river shoes, get sand and tiny bits of gravel in them, and sandals do the same. Maybe if all you do is launch from paved boat landings it would be okay, but unless you are strictly a city paddler I think you are inviting wear and tear that's perfectly avoidable. I wear paddling boots over my drysuit booties, and you can see by the replies that lots of other people do too.
Posted by: Celia on Aug-02-13 9:52 AM (EST)
NRS Boundary shoe's|
Posted by: shiraz627 on Aug-02-13 10:24 AM (EST)
I wear a pair of NRS boots with my Kokatat dry suit. The boots are one size larger to accommodate the booties.
Anything is better than nothing!|
Posted by: pikabike on Aug-02-13 12:47 PM (EST)
Ideally, wear a thin wicking sock inside plus a paddling shoe outside.
Recommend a high top boot|
Posted by: wetzool on Aug-02-13 8:06 PM (EST)
personally, I use|
Posted by: daggermat on Aug-03-13 5:02 AM (EST)
NRS mukluks or if in a tighter fitting canoe or C1, NRS "attack" shoes.
Posted by: morayreef on Aug-06-13 1:22 AM (EST)
Smartwool socks under the drysuit and Kokatat seeker booties on the outside for me. The seekers have thin soles but I like low volume boats.
panty hose and a rug help|
Posted by: tdaniel on Aug-06-13 8:26 AM (EST)
first I wear thin synthetic socks, then slip on dry suit, sitting in the van opening with a mat under me. The mat travels in my van all the time, then I slip over heavy wool socks over the latex footies, then knee high panty hose to help get the feet to slip into the booty- booty style depends upon the boat I'm paddling- amount of foot room. I often joke that it takes longer to get dressed to paddle in the winter than it does to actually paddle.