I've been in these all season. we had our "100 year flood" again this spring and our launches are sketch at best so Im in shoes. I have a flat, hard, tractioned pocket board. No pad. Really like riding in them. Had only about 10 sessions barefoot this summer. At the beach or easy dock, barefoot is great, but its no bummer to pop a kite up somewhere and scramble over a rocky shoreline to get a great session in these. I'm more used to riding with than without.
Comfy, like having a foot pad wherever you wanna stand. drain immediately through holes in the sole, holding up well and great over neo socks when it gets colder. I like them a lot better than neo booties. I do find they suck to actually swim in.
Takes a bit to get used to. Barefoot you can do subtle stance adjustments by kind of inch worming your foot around. It's different in shoes, but you adapt.
I'm not sure I would like them as much on a deck pad. I put a tail pad on with some bright colour just for the sake of visibility and it had a bit of an arch bar..... liked it barefoot, but hated it in shoes.
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