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
I wear a pair of thin Smartwool snowboard socks under my winter boots. Been doing it for many years.
1. boot slips on and off like butter, saving wear and tear on your boot from all the pulling and stretching.
2. wool retains its insulating properties even when wet.
3. lets you wear the tightest boot possible to keep your foot from slipping around inside a bigger sized boot... more solid footing.
4. you don't have too put any kind of goop or powder in your boot that you have to clean out later.
5. extra warmth lets you get away with 5mm boots instead of 7mm even in North Jersey.
6. knee-high sock gets your foot through the leg of your wetsuit fast and easy, which comes in handy when you're changing into your suit in the parking lot in February.
7. makes it easier on the feet when changing out of your wetsuit in February.
8. they're machine washable.
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Try water based lubricant as sold in the larger squeeze tubes in a CVS. Plus it's perfect for SITS
Dude, if you need copious amounts of that stuff, then she's not really that into it and you're doing it wrong.
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.
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.
I have the same boots, last years model, picked em up Friday and also had trouble getting them on. I found a pretty easy trick to getting this put in particular on easily. get your foot in there as far as you can without ripping it. Grab the loop that is farthest down on the bottom near the heel and pull it up and the boot should slip right on.
I thought they were tight too (tighter than other size 9 boots I own) hopefully they will stretch out a lil.