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Old 04-20-2000, 06:59 AM
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RE:Gaitor Tape or Tuck

Wassssuhhhpp Bill,

As you already know, my big argument for stockgfoot is versatility with different boot configurations on the same ~$375 pair of goretex waders. To tell the truth, I can't even stand the 5mm neoprene stocking feet on summer flats, I know the rubber boots would be death march material thus your point about scuba + bootfoots. In fact the last time I wore boots on the sand was with you on the torturous walk to/from the inlet from the north side, while you wore surfer shoes. Since then I have found several pairs of scuba divers boots with various deck soles, side re-inforcements, tread designs, and have been a scuba boot evangelist. I have had walks with others that were just like the walk we made - when they said "where's the nearest dive shop?" when we got back to the parking lot.

My version of an ideal pair of waders would be the fictitious OS Systems breathables with the molded single pc latex stocking feet. Even better if they came up with an integrated scuba boot as I dreamed of above. I don't think a scuba boot foot would be durable enough on barnacles, rocks, sand abrasion, etc. The ratio of scuba boots to waders in the surf is about 6 to 1.
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