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Typhoon 5mm Surfmaster Boot

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Manufacturer: Typhoon / Type: Water Sports - Boot

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      25.10.2010 17:10
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      Highly recommended

      When I first started diving I used to have problems with getting cramp and foot rub from my rented boots/fins. Having spoken to a few other divers about this problem I found that I wasn't alone with this issue, however it can be difficult to ascertain what boots/fins are most suited to your feet.

      Luckily enough, these were used on a course I took with a dive centre, after trying a couple of sizes on I found that the 42/43 fit my feet best (I am a size 7/8 with very wide feet, a friend of mine has 43/44 and is a size 9).

      {Cost and Availability}

      These boots were very reasonable, and the price varies depending on where you shop. Most dive shops will charge slightly higher than prices you can find online, however if you belong to a dive club you may get a discount - or by spending in their shop you may attract future discounts so it is always worth considering buying some of your equipment through a club.

      I bought my boots for around £25, but I am sure that some shopping around at various times could find you a cheaper pair than this.

      The boots are widely available, however it is worth remembering that not all dive shops sell all of the same products, and online shops more often than not charge you postage. I usually buy a few items at a time, building my basket on several sites and then assessing which is the cheapest overall.

      {Style}

      To be honest, I would say there are swankier looking boots on the market, however these boots are quite plain and therefore dont look out of place with any of your dive gear. Let's face it - no-one looks good in full dive kit, especially those of us who also dive in the UK, so looks really aren't the most important factor here.

      {Use}

      I have now used these boots on just over 30 dives, in both UK waters, and the Red Sea. Despite being quite thick (5mm) they are fairly easy to get on - certainly a great deal easier than the equivalent thickness of wetsuit!

      There are two elements of use with these boots - land use, and diving use.

      For use on land these boots are very comfortable, they have a durable sole, and keep your feet stable on a range of surfaces. For example, when diving in Dahab I was often required to walk over rocks on beaches in order to do short entries, even with this uneven and jagged surface I remained comfortable.

      These are also great for wandering around on dive boats, and have excellent grip on the soles so you wont slip on the many puddles of water that seem to accumulate around the deck.

      In water they remain extremely comfortable, you can use them with adjustable fins, and they have a lip on the heel which allows you to hold the straps on securely.

      The seal on the boot prevents flush while diving, filling slowly on entry and then allowing the water to warm up whilst finning which will keep your feet warm.

      The zips are also easy to use, and will stay in place during your dive/surface interval.

      {Overall}

      I would highly recommend these boots, they are extremely comfortable both on land and during diving, as well as being very easy to use.

      One drawback with these boots (and I think probably most others) is that after a day's diving your boots will smell quite vile - this appears to happen when you have left them on all day with water in them. When in a warm climate I like to take the boots off when I can to empty them and give them a quick rinse - in the UK I do not take them off until the end of my dive day as I like to reduce the amount of neoprene I have to wrestle with prior to each dive, and because the boots offer extra warmth.

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