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    Posted: 03 Jun 13 at 5:24pm
Hello one and all.

Yes I know I should most likely have dumped this in the keelboats section, but that seems to get no traffic and strictly speaking I'm almost never on anything with a keel so I thought I'd ask here.  If a mod wants to move it feel free.

Anyhoo, my deck boots, some Gill things which must have been about 50 and apparently split down the side where the rubber bends should you dare to walk in them, have died.  I wondered if anyone had any suggestions for replacements?

I'm prepared to shell out quite a bit for a pair of 3/4 or full length boots, the type you put under oilskins or whathaveyou, so I can splosh about launching things in them and t*t about on the deck of our QM committee boat without falling face first into the rope bin at the front.


Although these have the obvious downside of being hilariously expensive and well, being Musto, with all the good/bad that involves (YMMV).

Cheers in advance for any help.


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I have the Musto HPX boots and would definitely go for them again when they finally wear out. 
One of the best things about them if you spend a lot of time in Ribs/Committee boats is that they have a thick insulated sole. Many other boots, e.g. Dubarry, do not and this means that your feet get very cold from the floor of the boat if you are doing a lot of standing around.
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The HPX boot is a great choice. The soles on the Musto boots are really, really good. Very grippy and nice and thick so your feet stay warm. Musto boots also have a good reputation for staying together and generally being worth the money, so you know if you spend your money on them you're going to get a good product. My dad has a pair and they've served him really well, despite all the abuse he puts them through. I know they're expensive but they'll the kind of thing that will last you years. They won't wear out like neoprene boots, they'll just keep going.

Dubarry boots are a good choice too, although there have been a few complaints over the past few years that they're not as high quality as they used to be (I think it's a pretty negligible difference though to be honest). A lot of the VOR guys wore them though so they can't be too bad. They're a pretty reliable choice, you'll struggle to find any yacht in the UK that isn't crewed by at least 1 person wearing Dubarrys. They've got brilliant customer service too. If you're boots split, or if the sole comes off or whatever, you can send them back and they'll refurbish them for you really well.

Ones to avoid would be Henri Lloyds boots. The rest of their gear is great, best on the market. But their boots really aren't. I've got a pair of Shadows and even though they're warm and comfortable, the grip is shocking and they've fallen apart after a worryingly small amount of use. I wouldn't buy a pair again, given how expensive they were.



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Originally posted by Hitcher

I have the Musto HPX boots and would definitely go for them again when they finally wear out. 
One of the best things about them if you spend a lot of time in Ribs/Committee boats is that they have a thick insulated sole. Many other boots, e.g. Dubarry, do not and this means that your feet get very cold from the floor of the boat if you are doing a lot of standing around.

Yeah I spend time in both when I'm not sailing so I definitely want something better than what I had.  My feet FROZE even in several layers of socks over the really cold patch this winter.

Originally posted by Mister Nick

The HPX boot is a great choice. The soles on the Musto boots are really, really good. Very grippy and nice and thick so your feet stay warm. Musto boots also have a good reputation for staying together and generally being worth the money, so you know if you spend your money on them you're going to get a good product.

Looks like those Musto boots might be the ones for me after all. Thanks very much both of you for replaying!


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Id echo the comments above. Dubarrys are the go-to choice for many but the quality has gone out the window in the last 5 years or so. 

I also have a pair of Musto HPX boots which might be overkill for your purposes but given my experience with them id definitely recommend you look at the rest of the Musto range.
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