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What are the best booties for diving?

Postby chris oak » November 22nd, 2017, 8:24 am

Dam brought this up, IMHO it's the argos booties. They are made super well and last a long time, I'd say they have outlasted my old booties probably ten times. I always coat my booties with plumbers goop or goop where the ball of the foot rests and the heel is, this is because when I'm walking on rocks I don't want them to tear as easily. The bottoms are made super tough anyways. I've had the same pair for at least 4 years now.

If anyone has any glove recommendations let me know, I've torn up every single type of glove during bug season. I need something 3mm thick with a rynohyde or dynema palm/fingers. If any spearing mfgs are reading this, it would be great if you could extend the rynohyde/dynema to the outside of the pointer fingers as when you are unloading bands they hit that and tear them up. I coat all of my gloves with goop on the fingertips and the outside pointer finger. I would prefer a velcroless one if you can make the wrist tight enough as the velcro is a pita.
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Re: What are the best booties for diving?

Postby Rob102 » November 22nd, 2017, 9:01 am

+1 for the Argos booties.

I have similar issues with gloves in NorCal. With scallops being so abrasive, and urchin spines tearing me up, I contacted a glove manufacturer. They said they could make a glove to my specifications (not in neoprene) but I would have to make a minimum order of 5,000-10,000 pairs.
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Re: What are the best booties for diving?

Postby dam » November 22nd, 2017, 9:44 am

Argos last forever AND there's a left and right. What more can you ask for?

As for gloves, I agree with Oak on extending the kevlar past the finger tip into the purlicue (new word for me). That's where it tends to rip first.
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Re: What are the best booties for diving?

Postby Chet » November 22nd, 2017, 10:18 am

Argos for the booties.

As far as gloves go, Mako gloves look ugly as gloves can be but they are the most durable I have found.
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Re: What are the best booties for diving?

Postby dam » November 22nd, 2017, 10:34 am

Whoa, those gloves got that extra kevlar lining I was looking for!
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Re: What are the best booties for diving?

Postby Bill McIntyre » November 22nd, 2017, 4:32 pm

Argos

They're so watertight that I punch a hole in the sole under my heel so that I'm not standing a a bootie full of cold piss in the boat.
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Re: What are the best booties for diving?

Postby Rob102 » November 22nd, 2017, 5:05 pm

Bill McIntyre wrote:Argus

They're so watertight that I punch a hole in the sole under my heel so that I'm not standing a a bootie full of cold piss in the boat.


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Re: What are the best booties for diving?

Postby NaClAddict » November 23rd, 2017, 5:27 pm

Brazilian booties for the win! They're the best booties for everything. :obscene-drinkingcheers:
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Re: What are the best booties for diving?

Postby NaClAddict » November 23rd, 2017, 7:19 pm

Okay, serious post now. Argos are the best out there now. However, I once had some Coral Reef booties that had a hard neoprene sole. Quiet, comfy, and durable. Those booties lasted for years of trail hikes. Riffe made some with a soft rubber sole that was quiet in fins but they delaminated within a season.
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Re: What are the best booties for diving?

Postby castronova » November 27th, 2017, 1:06 pm

Argos, no question in my mind.
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Re: What are the best booties for diving?

Postby VangysWay » November 27th, 2017, 5:00 pm

NaClAddict wrote:Brazilian booties for the win! They're the best booties for everything. :obscene-drinkingcheers:


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Re: What are the best booties for diving?

Postby scorpaenichthys » November 29th, 2017, 10:03 am

The 2mm Argos were a bit too small for my foot pockets, and the 4mm were a bit too tight, so I ended up with a pair of the 3mm Hatch booties. I love them so far, and they've been holding up to rocky shoredives just as well as the Argos did.
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Re: What are the best booties for diving?

Postby SBH2Oman » November 30th, 2017, 6:00 am

I’ll echo the comments about Argos booties. I’ve had probably 4 pairs but all of them have had a tendency for the seams to unravel on the main joints (but they are sewn and glued). I always hit them with neoprene glue before first use and tack down the stitching. They are super comfy and warm.


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Re: What are the best booties for diving?

Postby 32juan » December 6th, 2017, 9:59 am

I've used both Argos and hatch booties, and I can honestly say that I prefer the hatch ones. The soles have the Kevlar lining like lobster gloves, and the seams are already glued.
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Re: What are the best booties for diving?

Postby gringo sushi » December 6th, 2017, 7:50 pm

+1 on the argos for comfort and durability. I have a spare pair I've been dragging around for years because my first pair are still doing fine after coating the bottoms with AquaSeal (same idea as your plumbers goop)

When it comes to gloves for bugging the only pair I'll wear is the Akona All Armor Tex.

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They have no insulation so get cold but there is nothing I've tried better for grabbing bugs. I tried the insulated version and it just wasn't the same. I took a break from them for half a season and tried some others and missed a lot of grabs. Went back to them and the velcro grip action was back.
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Re: What are the best booties for diving?

Postby Randy_Mora » March 2nd, 2021, 6:43 pm

I recently had a run in with a local diver and noticed he had Kevlar coated booties for shore diving, I asked what kind they were I ordered a pair for myself the argos dive booties do not hold up well when walking through rocks, its painful for me. I got around on saving some cash and purchasing these booties. The company is called Wettie they are based out of Australia they are comfortable walking through rocks, downside I had to pay for international shipping almost turned out to be 50.00
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Re: What are the best booties for diving?

Postby chris oak » March 2nd, 2021, 11:37 pm

https://www.wettywetsuit.com/gb/pro-serie-surf-boots/330-new-surf-boots-3mm-proserie.html

These ones Randy? They look pretty hardcore, supratex though not kevlar unless they have other models. Supratex is one of my favorite dive glove materials, its very durable.

I coat my argos with plumbers goop, it helps them last about three years on the average.
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Re: What are the best booties for diving?

Postby Randy_Mora » March 4th, 2021, 7:31 pm

chris oak wrote:https://www.wettywetsuit.com/gb/pro-serie-surf-boots/330-new-surf-boots-3mm-proserie.html

These ones Randy? They look pretty hardcore, supratex though not kevlar unless they have other models. Supratex is one of my favorite dive glove materials, its very durable.

I coat my argos with plumbers goop, it helps them last about three years on the average.


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https://www.wettie.co.nz/products/booti ... oties-3mm/, They seem bullet proof and are comfortable. I didn't know about about plumbers goop ill give that a shot.
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Re: What are the best booties for diving?

Postby chris oak » March 4th, 2021, 7:58 pm

Wow those are perfect for rocky shore dives, thanks for the link! I'm going to pass that along to some spearshops and see if they would think of carrying them.
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Re: What are the best booties for diving?

Postby dctrjayyy » March 5th, 2021, 8:23 am

Ive been to Wettie and met Darren, Jackson and Jeremy. Just absolutely the coolest guys you are ever going to meet in the industry. They offered to take us out in their boat, gave us a bunch of stuff and dialed us in for NZ. Ended up connecting on a dive with Jeremy at the end of the trip and it was epic.

I bought a pair of kingfish blades that are pretty much DiveR knockoffs and I love them. My main fins for the last 3 years while the carbons sit in the garage.

The shipping sucks but you would be supporting an outstanding company. I'll probably be making an order again shortly.
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Re: What are the best booties for diving?

Postby John Hughes » March 6th, 2021, 3:41 pm

Those wettie booties look pretty tight. If you go on their website, they have some great videos as well. They even have a CA video of the NZ's diving for wsb. Another of my favorite vids there is shooting a 90lb kingfish. Perfect head shot and it looks like it doesn't even faze the fish. I can't imagine being attached to a hot 90lb yt :eek:

looks like a great product.
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Re: What are the best booties for diving?

Postby Bill McIntyre » March 6th, 2021, 3:59 pm

Are they all 3 mm? I’m afraid my fins would be loose.
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Re: What are the best booties for diving?

Postby chris oak » March 6th, 2021, 5:28 pm

I talked to someone about having kevlar on booties and they said it might be problematic. They said they tend to unravel on rocks because the kevlar threads catch on everything and on boats the soles were super slippery.

Randy have you had this problem with them?
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Re: What are the best booties for diving?

Postby Randy_Mora » March 6th, 2021, 9:50 pm

chris oak wrote:I talked to someone about having kevlar on booties and they said it might be problematic. They said they tend to unravel on rocks because the kevlar threads catch on everything and on boats the soles were super slippery.

Randy have you had this problem with them?



Bill they only have 3mm,

Chris ,
Personally i have not given them a test to provide sufficient feedback, however I have tried them a few times on a shore dive and i did notice it was much easier my exit i had more traction on stepping over the wet rocks and my feet did not hurt stepping on rocks which is a plus for me. I will say i prefer to wear these on a shore dive rather than my Argos, The arch in my foot kills when stepping over the big rocks on the shoreline, especially on the longer walks, I have not used them on a boat so i cannot provide feedback on that. I will provide an update once that occurs. That is interesting to hear they had issues, once the kevlar begins to unravel i would probably end up putting plumber's goop. But for know it should not be any issue.

I will bring them in to Dave and see what he thinks.
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