Give this a try https://soliteboots.com/knyfe wrote: ↑Fri Apr 02, 2021 9:28 pmI never thought that this would get to a topic but over the 20 years of kiting - booties are the least durable parts of my equipment. I typically go through more than 1 set a season. I tried all mayor brands by now and some are a little less worse than others. None are good. Mostly I have a hole in the sole. Others fall apart somewhere else. My distance from car to the spot is a 2 -3 min walk. That can’t be it.
The soles they put on are super duper thin. I get the idea of getting a good feel but this is just nuts. As a TT and foils rider I don’t need thaaat much feeling on my toes.
Am I the only one who would like to get more durable boots / goods ? G
Flyingseb wrote: ↑Sat Apr 03, 2021 10:24 pmI can’t stand not adding my 0,02 cents. What’s the matter? Booties are “uncool”? They prevent riders to get proper board feeling? Or is it a macho thing like “nah, I don’t need these”
In more than 30 years of ocean water sports, I’ve injured my feet so many times, seen other doing the same, that I don’t even bother NOT wearing booties or shoes, anytime, anymore.
Frankly, that is just a question of little time until you get accustomed to them.
No fear of rocks, glass debris, fin cut, fish sting, even hot sand.
Bonus: I feel more confident in the grip I get, that I’m succeeding at much radical takeoffs, while surfing.
Why trying to prove that it is better without, although it can save so many from being kept out of water because of injuries?
If your feet are a bit wide, and your booties are a bit narrow, then the pads/straps can exacerbate a poor bootie fit. For me, TT pads/straps are uncomfortable especially on my wider right foot, whereas my surf straps on my directionals are not.
Yes, dainty..... you can train to be that way. I'd opt for a more straight forward approach, by just wearing booties. And that approach allows you to react quicker to the actual things that really matter, instead of unnecessarily exposing a vulnerable/essential part of your body and having to add more steps/techniques to the task at hand. And thus with booties, you can focus more on kite control, launching/landing quickly, and other much more important things than tip-toeing around on the beach or making sure your butt touches before your feet.
What utter judgemental bollocks.
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