I'm looking for a boot to wear windsurfing. Where I usually go, I need to carry my gear across a rocky stretch with sharp broken shells. So 2 questions: 1. do these have good sticky soles that'll stick to the board? 2. are the soles tough enough to survive the walk back and forth to the water? Many thanks!
After talking with my Fiancee. He has worn these on rocky shores. These are definantly dive slippers not boots. On a boat, going off of a dock, or entering a sandy shorline they would be perfect. But entering the water from a rocky shoreline they have too soft of a sole.......Lori Slicker
Lori - thanks for doing the fiancee research! Much appreciated.
i found that this a great boot for the pool and not so much for outdoor. When I teach scuba classes I wear these but when I dive in a wetsuit I wear Henderson Boots that slip on because they have a sole like a shoe or boot. I dive alot of quarries in the Ohio area lots of slippery rocks never fell once either. hope that answers your questions
Thanks Kurt. I got my certification in a quarry outside Chicago. In late November. No point to the story. Only that it was freaking cold.
I use my Blue Reef Dive Slippers for diving so can not speak to whether they are sticky enough for the windsurfing board but I can say the soles are tough. I do mostly beach entries across rocks and such and the soles have held up very well. The boots fit comfortably and are holding up well after 3 years.
Thanks Jackey. I really appreciate your real-world experience with them!
Hey George. I would say this boot is a good compromise on the gecko grab suppleness to feel your board vs stone crusher work boot. The slant would definitely be towards gecko. I was walking on sharp rocks in the Caymans 2 weeks ago w/ good performance but did not have to go far. If your hike is long and carrying a load, I would have my doubts as to their longevity.
Thanks William. Yeah, I want gecko. Must be something wrong with my form, but I seem to come off the board more than my share...
"MY SON WEARS THEM USUALLY, BUT I TRIED THEM A FEW TIMES. SEEMS OKAY FOR SCUBA AND BASIC BEACH USE. BUT I HAVE A PAIR (5M INSTA-DRY) WHICH HAS A THICKER TREADED SOLE BOOTS THAT PROVIDE MUCH BETTER TRACTION AND SUPPORT ON ROCKY, UNEVEN SURFACES. IF ITS MOSTLY SHELLS, SAND AND SMALL ROCK, THE BLUE REEF WILL PROBABLY BE OKAY. BUT FOR ROUGHER , UP AND DOWN SURFACES, I WOULD LOOK FOR A BOOT WITH MORE SOLE AND ANKLE SIDE SUPPORT WHEN"
I can't answer if they will stick to the board, but for rocky paths they are PERFECT ....one dive site has a steep rocky path that these handle almost as well as the best hiking boots
MY SON WEARS THEM USUALLY, BUT I TRIED THEM A FEW TIMES. SEEMS OKAY FOR SCUBA AND BASIC BEACH USE. BUT I HAVE A PAIR (5M INSTA-DRY) WHICH HAS A THICKER TREADED SOLE BOOTS THAT PROVIDE MUCH BETTER TRACTION AND SUPPORT ON ROCKY, UNEVEN SURFACES. IF ITS MOSTLY SHELLS, SAND AND SMALL ROCK, THE BLUE REEF WILL PROBABLY BE OKAY. BUT FOR ROUGHER , UP AND DOWN SURFACES, I WOULD LOOK FOR A BOOT WITH MORE SOLE AND ANKLE SIDE SUPPORT WHEN
I am a diver, so cannot give you a good answer to whether they will stick to the board.
However, I have hiked to dive sites. They work, but are not the best and sturdiest for walking across rocks and sharp surfaces. The soles are a bit soft compared to other dive boots that are out there. There are definitely sturdier ones available, I would say.
I can only respond to the second question. I'm a commercial diver and use them while working on platforms with heavy growth. As well as walking across clutteed decks of boats. They are comfy and durable. This will be my third season with them and they are still serviceable. Solid investment as far as commercial dive gear.
Thanks Adam! Great to know.