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Which drysuit boots for shore entry?

Discussion in 'Advanced Scuba Discussions' started by Bigeclipse, Apr 10, 2019.

  1. decompression

    decompression Instructor...seriously...

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    Lots of good options mentioned, Ive used just about every type of option out there, my preferred lately are these..........especially for the price.

    Deep 6 Thick Boots
     
  2. racanichou

    racanichou Manta Ray

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    Jay,
    Did you need to size up your fins with those compare to the fusion or chuck Taylor boots?
     
  3. Bigeclipse

    Bigeclipse Barracuda

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    do you need to size up with these boots? For example, normally I wear a size 11 neoprene boot for wetsuit diving but with my dryuit (fusion bullet with non-neoprene sock material) and a layer of either heavy marino socks OR drysuit insultation booties I need to use a size 12 neoprene boot. My street sneaker is a size 10.5-11 depending on the sneaker.
     
  4. RVBldr

    RVBldr PADI Pro

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    Personal preference, the 4's seem to be more flexible in the uppers, and have more flexible soles so you feel the rocks a little more, while the 3's have a stiffer upper and more solid sole. I've had some issues with delamination of the sole on the 3, but nothing a little shoe goo couldn't fix.
     
  5. decompression

    decompression Instructor...seriously...

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    Not at all, I'm a 11/12 and use a 14 boot and lots of room in XXL jets and slipstreams.
     
  6. decompression

    decompression Instructor...seriously...

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    I went 2 sizes up and have lots of room...........better a bit large so there's room for thicker socks and stuff.
     
  7. Bigeclipse

    Bigeclipse Barracuda

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    Is 2 sizes almost too much room? Do you feel 1 size would have been enough? Ive had issues in the past with too large boot but also with too small haha.
     
  8. Gjoyce3

    Gjoyce3 Angel Fish

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    95% of my diving is shore entry. Mostly nice sandy beaches - meaning I do not need anything substantial to protect my feet. I am currently using cheap house brand neoprene booties, but have used a variety of other options in the past. The most usual have been the DUI rockboots. A nice option that works well with my wide feet, but they only lasted about a year before the eye loops started tearing out. For the money, I am not sure they are any better than a $15 pair of booties - neither provide much in the way of support. I also have a pair of $35 non-slip lace up rubber work boots by Dunlop (Style Number 86103) that work great. If I am going somewhere rocky I use these. They fill up with water, but are no worse that the neoprene booties. They fit great and are usuable in the same fins as the DUI. Speaking of which - they neoprene booties use one size of fin down.
     
  9. decompression

    decompression Instructor...seriously...

    # of Dives: 5,000 - ∞
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    I think 1 up would be ok......you’re never 100% but the guys at Deep6 are awesome and will definitely exchange.
     
  10. soonerwink

    soonerwink Manta Ray

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Glenpool, Oklahoma, United States
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    I had the same ones installed on my DUI FLX Extreme, and love them. I only do shore entry and it's almost always rocky. I had mine installed at DRIS.
     

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