Fill yer boots - with water

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by Elvie, Aug 28, 2013.

  1. Elvie

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    Hi. Looking for boot equipment advice.

    I have discovered that my waterproof riding boots are doubly waterproof - both from the outside and inside. There have been numerous times where the water has been coming into my boots over the tops. Not too bad through the summer months but fall is coming.

    I was wondering what others have done to prevent this. I have seen ads for gortex, neoprene and waterproof socks but this is not a solution since they do not close fully at the top. Latest thought is something like a short waterproof gaiter from the boot top to the knee or so - but I cannot find this as a product. It would be convenient to carry or just wear under the rinding pants on days when you knew that streams and bogs were on the menu.

    Any thoughts / suggestion.

    Thanks
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  2. SRG

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    Hiking suppliers have the waterproof gaiters - the intended use is keep snow out I think. Make sure the openings are big enough for your boots. You may have to put the gaiter on before the boot.

    I don't think water will really come in the top of a waterproof sock much, but you still end up w/ your boot full.
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  3. Gale B.T.

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    If I take a ride and I am concerned with water over the top of my boots , I wear my boots outside my riding pants. I use 'super tape /duck tape/ and I tape the top of the boots to the pants. NO water will come in if you layer it on properly.
    me 2 cent:D
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  4. Elvie

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    Thanks guys.

    I have looked at a few hiking sites. The gaiters they advertise are no higher than the tops of my boots - usually lower. The gaiter solution does seem best though.

    Regarding the duck tape solution - my pants will not fit inside my boots. Of course I could get different pants or duck tape the boots to my legs - ouch.
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  5. Gale B.T.

    Gale B.T. Long timer

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    Ok, them bare leg will be full of hair :D so wrap an elastic wrap around the top of the boot /your leg to protect the leg and cover the elastic wrap with super tape. There must be a way to keep your feet half way dry:lol3
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  6. Elvie

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    Yes - this works. Essentially creating what I hoped could be purchased - in Gortex would be best.
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    rick3foxes Been here awhile

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    Chest Waders!
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  8. JustRon

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    Funny, I just started a thread like this a few days ago...
    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=913078

    I wonder why no one makes waterproof in-the-boot pants? My Gore-tex pants go outside my boots (as they all do), and I regularly have water splash up the bottom of the pants, and into my boots. Using a gaiter (or something similar) would be much easier with an in-the-boot pant. Hell, if anyone (Klim, are you listening?) designed these, they could come with built-in (removable) gaiters.
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  9. Thorgrim

    Thorgrim Used'ta could

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    Just like "nature abhors an empty space", "water abhors a barrier". You're going to get wet either from the outside-in, or from the inside-out. It depends mostly upon the ambient temperature as to which one is more miserable.
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  10. Elvie

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  11. Gale B.T.

    Gale B.T. Long timer

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    WAY TO GO ELVIE, those look great. Test them in a local pond/stream and give us your 2 cents worth on how they work. I am impressed
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  12. JustRon

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  13. Elvie

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    3 week delivery but I will post my thoughts in time for Santa.
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  14. trc.rhubarb

    trc.rhubarb ZoomSplat!

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    hmm, no way my riding pants will fit in my boots. My boots barely close as it is :D
    wouldn't it be easier, even if just when it's raining, to wear your pants outside your boots?
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  15. Elvie

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    Definitely easier to keep pants over boots for rain / puddles / shallow streams. The problem occurs when the water is higher than your boot tops and flows into the boot. If the gaitor does its job then the water will not enter under your pants and over the boot top.
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  16. max384

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    I wear waterproof boots for street riding. For offroad riding, which usually involves small water crossings and deep mud puddles, I wear regular boots that aren't waterproof. Yes, my feet get wet, but the water drains out and I'm not stuck with puddles in my boots. Rather than finding a waterproof solution, this works well enough for me. However, when it's cold out, this solution doesn't work well.
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  17. JustRon

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    Glad I saw that... I said screw it, and just ordered them in black.
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