Proper Gear for Water Crossings

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by Kent Glasscock, Jan 21, 2013.

  1. Kent Glasscock

    Kent Glasscock Been here awhile

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    I'm new to the dual sport riding and I took my KLR through a rather deep creek over the weekend. I made it out just fine (after some heavy throttling). But my boots totally filled up with some lovely ice cold water. I'm looking for a boot and some pants, where I can walk in and check the depth without worring about getting wet. Knowing what I know now, I may not have tried to cross that creek. I'm hearing good reviews about the Sidi Goretex Adventure Boot. Anyone other recommendations? Thanks.
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  2. el queso

    el queso toda su base

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    I think most of us just get wet feet...
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  3. ParaMud

    ParaMud Been here awhile

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    I have some goretex boots, they work great until you get water over the top of them. Then they stay wet for days.
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  4. Mudcat

    Mudcat Unregistered

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    I always found my pure leather boots to be fine but they fill up with water if you go over the tops of them. But they will dry.
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  5. Hikertrash

    Hikertrash Long timer

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    You could probably get by with Gore-Tex socks like Seal Skinz. If you want a waterproof boot, check out Revzilla's video reviews on boots. There are a lot of them out there that will do the job. I've got the Sidi adventure Goretex boots, but they got soaked when I road through some flooded streets in San Felipe, MX and the water filled up over the tops. Other than that, they've been great for riding in the rain or water crossings. Having goretex or waterproof pants are also needed if you want to stay dry.
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  6. VStromTom

    VStromTom Long timer

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    Shy of a wet suit, you won't know how covered you need to be until you get in the middle/deepest part of the water. Most of us accept we will get wet, take awhile to dry, or learn to tolerate being wet, and then dry out at the end of the day. It's a big part of the challenge/reward of DS'ing. Wool socks are good because they will still keep you warm, but nothing will eliminate that squishy wet feeling of a boot full of water.
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  7. Kent Glasscock

    Kent Glasscock Been here awhile

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    Gotcha Bro. Thanks:super
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  8. Attico

    Attico Wrong way 'round

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    I've had luck with sidi discovery rain and klim traverse pants.

    Standing in water I get wet since it works it way up and over the boots, but riding through a crossing, up to my knees, no water.

    you could always wear hip waders(sp?)
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  9. AviatorTroy

    AviatorTroy Long timer

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    I'm sorry if I sound like a smartass but in all seriousness, if the crossing doesn't require a bunch of super balancing juju, then I prefer to take it sitting down and lift my feet up until I get to the other side or need to dab, in which case your getting wet anyway.
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  10. SnowMule

    SnowMule [angry moth noises]

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    +1 for wool socks.

    Pin it to win it.

    Ride harder, you'll dry out faster.

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  11. Ze_zaskar

    Ze_zaskar Been here awhile

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    From my experience, gore tex boots are not a very good idea for water crossings.
    Water will get inside by the top and you'll get two buckets that take ages to dry
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  12. SnowMule

    SnowMule [angry moth noises]

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    Gore-tex boots with gore-tex pants are good in certain applications.

    Went knee-deep twice in muddy/icy water getting this sled unstuck'd and didn't have an issue with water ingress into my boot. A small splash around the ankle area just above the pant gaiter but not enough to give me any problems the rest of the day.

    That said, for moto, it's probably not the best option unless you're riding through significant amounts of water.

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