Since I've grown up in NJ i've only worn 7mm round toe, never owned 3mm or 5mm due to cost. Now, living in Wilmington, i just bought a pair of Rip curl flashbomb 5mm split toe booties, because having warm to the touch booties seemed nice (rip curls new marketing gimmick), 5mm seemed like a good medium for down here (still not in boots, sorry to rub it in), and all i've been hearing as of late is that split toe booties are incredible. My shoe size is 10.5-11 and I wear size 10 xcel booties so i got rip curl in size 10. When I tried them on at the shop I bought along my trusty plastic bag which lets you put a boot on in seconds, and the 10 seemed to fit. I brought back home and tried em on without the bag and it took me like a good 3-5minutes that was a sweaty awkward workout. Hard as hell to get on, and I'm used to getting on xcel, hyperflex, and o'neill 7mm on, and they seemed somewhat small - but the 11 was definitely too big. I figure they will stretch out, but does anyone have any remedies to put on a boot besides the plastic bag (doesnt work well with plastic bags) or shampoo? gracias
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Thread: Bootie crossroads
Dec 5, 2011, 04:15 AM #1
Dec 5, 2011, 05:53 AM #2
Try water based lubricant as sold in the larger squeeze tubes in a CVS. Plus it's perfect for SITS
Dec 5, 2011, 01:08 PM #3
To the subject at hand: Smartwool or something similar is a great idea, however I'm not too sure how well they will work with split-toes because you will have to make a crease in the sock between your big toe and whatever you call that other one right next to it. Might take a little practice to get it comfortable without binding your toes.
One thing I do is turn the bootie almost inside-out so you can get your toes in then peel it back over your feet. You know, kind of like one of those things you should use for the aforementioned SITS if you aren't ready to produce little Gnar's.
Dec 5, 2011, 02:54 PM #4
Those hyperflex socks look killer... but the price stings a little.
As far as any kind of lube goes, I hate my foot sliding around inside my boot, so that would not be my personal choice.
Last edited by LBCrew; Dec 5, 2011 at 02:56 PM.
Dec 5, 2011, 03:42 PM #5Junior Member
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bought the 7mm rip curl. Ripped as I am putting them on for the first time. Tightest pair of boots I've ever tried to put on
Dec 5, 2011, 04:11 PM #6
Gruvi where have you been? Seriously. You have some explaining to do. You show up, cause an uproar, long time forum members leave the forum (leethestud) and then go into hiding only to reappear 3 months later?
What do you have to say for yourself?
Dec 6, 2011, 05:46 AM #8
Dec 5, 2011, 01:47 PM #10Senior Member
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As long as your boots are dry, this is the best thing available; trust me. I learned of this trick while competing in triathlon. See in triathlon, you’re not just racing swim-bike-run, but also, your transitions. An old local surfer said to me at a triathlon years ago, “can I borrow your baby powder?” I said, “WTF?” He laughed as he then new that I didn’t know. So, he showed me the “trick” and I was hooked. He then said, “What do you use in your winter booties for surfing.” I just laughed and drove straight to CVS. I keep some at home, in my car, in my shed, in my tool box, etc. It always seems to work in places that I wouldn’t expect.
This year I upgraded to a medicated version to keep the stink out of my booties. It works even better. I use the CVS medicated version. I squirt in 3 little blasts, shake, and then dump the extra out. Boots slips on and helps keep the funk down (I still wash my gear with hot water after every session). You can also use baby powder inside your wetsuit to help sneak into; though I do not.