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kgrove
01-13-2013, 10:48 PM
Winter here has 55F water and air temps of 65F - pretty tolerable by most people's standards. I have no problems in the water with a 3/2 wetsuit, but I get cold in the boat, especially my feet. I'm looking for suggestions. What do you all do to keep your feet warm?

Today I tried keeping my wetsuit half on, but pulled it down to my waist, wore a hoody, and put on socks and wore what amount to slippers. It wasn't too bad, but the wetsuit gets cold (wind causes evaporation on the surface making it cold) and continues to "leak" water for awhile making the socks wet, plus people in and out of the boat make the carpet wet. Wet feet = cold feet, however.

I think next time I'll go to the effort of taking the wetsuit all the way off in between sets. It;s a little bit of a pain, but sweatpants would be much warmer. After that, it's just a matter of figuring out what to put on my feet to keep them dry and out of the breeze.

pram
01-13-2013, 10:56 PM
If you can get a hold of the inserts for Sorel winter boots you can slide your feet into them to keep your tootsies (Pete taught me that word, thanks Pete), warm

I find that I leave everything on in between once it starts to get colder out

I don't really like wetsuits, so I ski in neoprene shorts, heater shirt, neoprene jacket in the late fall and a suit in early spring. Leave the gloves on also and maybe a toque. If the brain block is warm, I find the rest of me is normally warmer also

I am confused a bit though of your wetsuit getting cold, I wonder if it is a bit large maybe for you? A tight fitting wetsuit should elevate and maintain your body heat out of the water even better than in the water once it is wet. Also neoprene is water proof and wind proof

madcityskier
01-13-2013, 10:57 PM
Pour some warm water in. If you don't have a shower bring a cooler full. Also, can wear a ski parka, hat, gloves and boot liners in the boat. Don't take the wetsuit off unless you have a way to warm it. It's much worse to put a cold suit back on. Lots of the guys I go with wear dry suits and neoprene booties even inside their bindings. Of course we're in Wisconsin and don't get to that point until temps are 40's. We've made outings as low as 33-32 for a combined temp of 65. That involved a little ice, but was quite fun.

maristardd
01-13-2013, 11:57 PM
How about one of those O'Brien 12v Heated Boat Blankets (waterskis.com)? My wife love's hers. I also found 'generic' versions for less than $20 each at Sears outlet.

46Chief
01-14-2013, 12:24 AM
UGGS were made by surfers in Australia, the sheepskin lined boots are perfect w/o socks and keep your feet toasty, they may be a bit goofy looking but they awesome if your feet are a bit wet wehen you put them on...My experience is from hot tubbing and hot springs not h2o skiing. A heater in the boat goes a long way too.
http://www.christmascheapbootsus.com/images/UGG%20Classic%20Short%20Boots/cheap%20uggs%2072.jpg
unfortunately they've been popularized by sorostitiutes and other fashionistas.
Any cold weather surfer worth his salt may vouch that your not being gay for sporting them in a functional manner

kgrove
01-14-2013, 12:52 AM
UGGS were made by surfers in Australia, the sheepskin lined boots are perfect w/o socks and keep your feet toasty, they may be a bit goofy looking but they awesome if your feet are a bit wet wehen you put them on...

unfortunately they've been popularized by sorostitiutes and other fashionistas.
Any cold weather surfer worth his salt may vouch that your not being gay for sporting them in a functional manner

Uggs were the first thing to cross my mind. In the 80s, nearly ever surfer I came across had Uggs - all guys, and none of whom gave a damn what they looked like. All they cared about was they were really comfortable to wear after winter surfing. I find it amusing that an item first made popular by pot smoking male surfers is now a female fashion statement. I'd buy Uggs in a heartbeat (despite the fashion statement) if they hadn't become so expensive.


I am confused a bit though of your wetsuit getting cold, I wonder if it is a bit large maybe for you? A tight fitting wetsuit should elevate and maintain your body heat out of the water even better than in the water once it is wet. Also neoprene is water proof and wind proof

I think what's happening is either the wind is evaporating the water on the surface of the wetsuit and the cold is transferring through the neoprene or the wind is penetrating the seams of the wetsuit. I'm not sure which, all I know is my legs are colder in the boat than I was expecting. I'm sure it would be less noticeable if my feet were warm and dry.

I'm going to look into the Sorel liners - good idea. I had thought of full Sorel boots, maybe unlaced as I don't want to deal with laces.

501s
01-14-2013, 01:15 AM
A dry suit solves all your problems. When it's really cold and you want to do more then one set, nothing beats a dry suit. When your done your first set you just takes the suit off, throw on a hoodie and slippers and you are good to go. In fact you will probably be hot.

Dry suits take a while to get used too and don't look as cool but I wouldn't trade mine for anything. Plus they can be shared amount the boat.

Nick911
01-14-2013, 01:21 AM
I'm planning on picking up a 4/3, maybe O'Neil Epic or Heat for the same reasons. Also added the hot water shower to the new build so I could just dump hot water into the suit. As for your feet, how about the Hyperlite Snowboard-style boots/bindings? Keep the boots ok between sets.

Aric'sX15
01-14-2013, 03:29 AM
UGGS were made by surfers in Australia, the sheepskin lined boots are perfect w/o socks and keep your feet toasty, they may be a bit goofy looking but they awesome if your feet are a bit wet wehen you put them on...My experience is from hot tubbing and hot springs not h2o skiing. A heater in the boat goes a long way too.
http://www.christmascheapbootsus.com/images/UGG%20Classic%20Short%20Boots/cheap%20uggs%2072.jpg
unfortunately they've been popularized by sorostitiutes and other fashionistas.
Any cold weather surfer worth his salt may vouch that your not being gay for sporting them in a functional manner

Hahaha I love your use of that word.
I've never seen a guy wear those before though..

hbomb
01-14-2013, 05:02 AM
Hahaha I love your use of that word.
I've never seen a guy wear those before though..

down under here.........
give you all the good oil (thats good oil not snake oil) advice.......
if you want to get the footsies warm real quick after a day on the water......... get a pair of uggs.........

we invented them and we love them......... sheepskin outside, lambswool inside and no sox needed..........

fashionista you mention????????

was in Honolulu recently....... the Japanese are paying a fortune ($500+) a pair for uggs covered in jewellery and all other bits of rubbish.........

you reckon the GOPro is a winner????????? The Japanese paying what they pay for them is!!!!!!!!!
know what we pay for them here............ hahahahahahahahahahahahahahah!!

snork
01-14-2013, 08:21 AM
Neo socks work great

GoneBoatN
01-14-2013, 11:46 AM
What Snork said, was my thought. Basically Scuba diving boots. Also, they make long jackets for post dives. These are nylon on the outside to stop wind and fleece on the inside to keep you warm. Otherwise go dry. Just depends on temps and your tolerance for cold.

CruisinGA
01-14-2013, 11:54 AM
If I wear my 3/2 in really cold water, the neoprene booties (socks) make a huge difference.

After that, a hood also makes a huge difference keeping the cold water off the back of your neck.

vision
01-14-2013, 02:39 PM
A dry suit solves all your problems. When it's really cold and you want to do more then one set, nothing beats a dry suit. When your done your first set you just takes the suit off, throw on a hoodie and slippers and you are good to go. In fact you will probably be hot.

Dry suits take a while to get used too and don't look as cool but I wouldn't trade mine for anything. Plus they can be shared amount the boat.

Totally agree. We go from dry suit to shorts and heater shirts. Do not even use a wet suit any more. Nothing better than taking off a dry suit, slipping on a pair of thick socks and crocks, maybe a hoodie, and sitting down completely dry.

gweaver
01-14-2013, 03:12 PM
+1 on Uggs. Costco often has knockoffs. At a swimmer's store, those long, fleece lined coats are great too, as GoneBoatN mentioned. Fleece lining dries out pretty quickly when wet, but still insulates when damp.
G

GoneBoatN
01-14-2013, 06:15 PM
+1 on Uggs. Costco often has knockoffs. At a swimmer's store, those long, fleece lined coats are great too, as GoneBoatN mentioned. Fleece lining dries out pretty quickly when wet, but still insulates when damp.
G

Hey, thanks for that! The ones at scuba shops are expensive. Now I'll have a look at the swimmer's store.

gweaver
01-15-2013, 01:14 AM
No worries. A quick google search for 'swim parka' suggests prices in the $55-75 range. Should be a reasonably affordable way to keep warm when wet.
G

madcityskier
01-15-2013, 10:50 AM
A dry suit solves all your problems. When it's really cold and you want to do more then one set, nothing beats a dry suit. When your done your first set you just takes the suit off, throw on a hoodie and slippers and you are good to go. In fact you will probably be hot.

Dry suits take a while to get used too and don't look as cool but I wouldn't trade mine for anything. Plus they can be shared amount the boat.

Not all my problems. The neck seal tight enough to keep out water feels like I'm being choked. Tried on and didn't feel right for the rest of a day. I'll stick with the wetsuit when most of the drysuit owning world has given up the season.

I know many people who love them, just not for me, thanks.

nmcjr
01-16-2013, 02:52 PM
Check these out--cheap, warm, and have boat friendly soles. Everyone in our boats have moved to these. Worn along with wool socks they are very warm:
http://www.rei.com/product/804528/rei-down-booties-mens

sp00ky
01-16-2013, 09:18 PM
Winter here has 55F water and air temps of 65F - pretty tolerable by most people's standards. I have no problems in the water with a 3/2 wetsuit, but I get cold in the boat, especially my feet. I'm looking for suggestions. What do you all do to keep your feet warm?

Today I tried keeping my wetsuit half on, but pulled it down to my waist, wore a hoody, and put on socks and wore what amount to slippers. It wasn't too bad, but the wetsuit gets cold (wind causes evaporation on the surface making it cold) and continues to "leak" water for awhile making the socks wet, plus people in and out of the boat make the carpet wet. Wet feet = cold feet, however.

I think next time I'll go to the effort of taking the wetsuit all the way off in between sets. It;s a little bit of a pain, but sweatpants would be much warmer. After that, it's just a matter of figuring out what to put on my feet to keep them dry and out of the breeze.

Get some thick wool socks as they maintain warmth even when wet

501s
01-16-2013, 10:54 PM
I always enlarge the neck hole with a razor blade, even though I don't have a particularly big neck. I find that enlarge king it and stretching it out make a world of a difference. A neck seal that is way too tight can be pretty uncomfortable.