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Kitefoiling = Roasted feet! Booties?

 
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eric

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PostFri Aug 11, 17 6:40 pm    Kitefoiling = Roasted feet! Booties? Reply with quote

Anyone have a suggestion for thin booties that have good grip? Since foiling my feet are getting badly burned regardless of the layers of suncreen. Looking for sun protection, better grip than bare feet, and preferably thin and split toe. Water shoes might work if I shim up my foot hook I'm size 13.

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Hulk

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PostFri Aug 11, 17 6:56 pm     Reply with quote

I use Quicksilver Reefboot 2mm for summer. No split toe, but good fit and feeling, good grip. Got them at 2nd Wind in HR

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Ho-Toe

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PostFri Aug 11, 17 7:18 pm    reef booties Reply with quote

Most of the surf manufacturers make thin reef booties, in a variety of styles (split toe, non-split toe). Any decent surf shop that caters to folks who travel should have a few types & sizes in stock.

I've used them for kiting w/ a surfboard; they oughtta work for foiling.

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PostFri Aug 11, 17 7:26 pm    Foil Army Reply with quote

The foil army is all rocking addidas trainers these days . Tak , Stringy , Rescue Ron &'Joe . But Celeste is working to get them back on the Swoosh
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stringy

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PostSat Aug 12, 17 8:15 am     Reply with quote

yeah we've all been wearing shoes. stevenson launch is rocky as well as all the winter kiting spots so we've all grown accustomed to wearing hard soled shoes instead of booties. foil decks are pretty robust so no worries on heal dents anymore. if you go with shoes, you may need shims for the foot hooks. I use shims under my hooks to elevate them for clearance.
adidas climacool are the current faves, and the nike flyknits work great as well but the glue doesn't seem to hold up to water exposure
if you are using foot straps, I would think twice about using shoes as you might not be able to eject when you want to.

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eric

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PostSat Aug 12, 17 9:17 am     Reply with quote

Thanks Jim. I think i'll start with thin booties as I am not ready for prime time strapless yet. I pulled the front hook yesterday and was able to water start a few times but the energy expended was like a two hour cross fit class. gonna work on popping up to foil quickly and then pull hook off once I can do that. I upgraded to a sportier foil and the waterstarts for me are still a little spazzy compared to the Hoover Glide Strapless is my goal. Then, the shoes make a lot of sense I think.

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ldhr

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PostSat Aug 12, 17 11:03 am     Reply with quote

Slingshot hooks are very tall - they fit fine with sneakers.
NSI not so much.

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Da Yoda

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PostSun Aug 13, 17 11:29 am     Reply with quote

These could work for ya...
https://www.sandsocks.net

For a split toe, check out the Zem Ninja...
https://kiteboardingcloseouts.com/paddleboard/178-zem-minimalist-footwear-for-watersports-such-as-kiteboarding-or-sup.html?gclid=EAIaIQobChMI4Nvq7ffU1QIVlIN-Ch3s1gaVEAQYASABEgIx5vD_BwE

I've also used Injinji toe-socks with much success. I was in SPI the first time it dawned on me to try them. The straps and water would remove any sunscreen I applied to my feet within minutes. After a few days the tops of my feet were fried. The Injinji socks allowed me to keep kiting for the rest of my trip. They were essentially a rash guard for my feet.
https://www.injinji.com

Currently I'm using the Vibram Signa water sock/shoe...
http://us.vibram.com/shop/fivefingers/men/watersports/signa---mens/M02.html?dwvar_M02_color=Black%20%2F%20Yellow#start=1

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flipper

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PostSun Aug 13, 17 4:08 pm     Reply with quote

Currently I'm using the Vibram Signa water sock/shoe...
http://us.vibram.com/shop/fivefingers/men/watersports/[/quote]


Da Yoda, Do you tend to get sand and pebbles in the shoe?

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eric

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PostSun Aug 13, 17 5:47 pm     Reply with quote

I picked up some super thin booties at Second Wind as per a posted suggestion. Really nice. Good grip and I can feel my board. Gonna try the shoe deal when I pull the hooks. My big a$$ feet won't fit under hooks with shoes...

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Loneski

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PostTue Aug 15, 17 7:31 pm    Low top cons Reply with quote

Don't forget to double knot them. Untied in the middle of the river was a challenge

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Da Yoda

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PostWed Aug 16, 17 2:11 pm     Reply with quote

flipper wrote:
Da Yoda, Do you tend to get sand and pebbles in the shoe?

Rarely. They fit very snug like socks. I have had some get in around the heel area, but it's super easy to flip the heel down via the pull tab and flush it out.
Scroll down on this KF thread and you'll see some pics I posted of the Vibram vs. Injinji. It will give you some good perspective on the sock-like fit.
http://www.kiteforum.com/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=2389951

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skent

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PostThu Aug 17, 17 10:47 pm     Reply with quote

I don't foil but I always wear Vibram Five Fingers (KSD) when kiting or SUPing. Basically I have baby feet and hate walking on all the rocks plus if I ever have to do the walk of shame my feet will be ready.

http://us.vibram.com/shop/fivefingers/men/kso/M14.html?dwvar_M14_color=Black%20%2F%20Black

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