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mountainpenguin

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Posted: 04/09/2011 12:55:05
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I have been getting on very well with a pair of fell shoes and wet suit socks if the water is over wellie depth.
The fell shoes have fantastic grip and drain very quickly while the wetsuit socks keep you dry.
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Tamarmole

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Posted: 04/09/2011 16:47:52
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Fire brigade wellies are pretty much bomb proof. IP: 81.132.245.97
JonK

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Posted: 04/09/2011 17:09:52
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Simon

Dr Marten steel toe cap work boots and wellies work for me unless you are in deep water for hours and here wellies are best.
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Posted: 05/09/2011 00:05:43
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Usually wear an old pair of shoes, as I get fed up with carrying wellies
and / or walking around in wet boots. Towel and dry socks in the rucksack is a must for me!! Wink
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Posted: 08/09/2011 21:03:23
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AR wrote:

Simon, how come you didn't replace those wellies ages ago, the sitemasters Roy M mentioned can be got off fleabay pretty cheap. I've seen wellies in better condition abandoned in modern mines....


What can I say Wink I'm a cheapskate... I've replaced them now and very comfy the new ones are too Laugh

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Posted: 08/09/2011 21:10:57
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After the ammount of blisters i got from wellies the other day i am a strong believer in boots and just getting wet feet Laugh

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Posted: 08/09/2011 21:12:28
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Tried both,wellies everytime Big Grin IP: 86.26.207.21
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Posted: 12/09/2011 12:56:32
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cheap work boots ( especially the fake-cordura sort ) and wet suit socks get my vote. Wellies are horrible.

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Posted: 31/01/2014 20:13:45
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used to wear wellies when i was working underground but i've since changed over to steel toe cap work boots since most of the places im now working in are filled with water which is deeper than a pair of wellies so i may aswell wear whats more comfortable, plus when your digging a pile out while lying on your side wellies do tend to fill up with dirt abit too easily, to stop the same thing happening with boots i wear a pair of canvas gaiters over the top IP: 89.241.103.199
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Posted: 31/01/2014 20:56:19
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Anyone who chooses boots over wellies is wearing the wrong wellies!!

Dunlop Purofort Thermo+

As used by just about every farmer in the country and on fishing trawlers

They may seem expensive at £70, but they're worth every penny and I guarantee you'll agree!

Brilliant grip, insulate to minus 40, and great ankle support.

I've got two pairs now (orange and green. only because I need a pair for working that aren't wet from the weekend's exploring!)

I've had the first pair for 6 years now, and other than where the dog has chewed the top of one of them, they're like new Smile

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Posted: 31/01/2014 20:59:02
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As daft as it sounds I am into neoprene thigh waders.

A lot of exploring can be done in these and they are kind to the knees as well. It started in 2010 when I had some problems which prevented me from wetsuiting up, I have always wore just the bottoms of a two piece as much as possible for comfort, plus the wetsocks and steel toe cap industrial boots. Breathable top clothing with a packaway waterproof top for raining stopes and if I got cold.
Wetsuit top reserved for where its needed.

Anyway, I was yearning to get back underground and the waders occured to me as a solution, and they worked out so well that the habit stuck.

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Tamarmole

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Posted: 31/01/2014 21:04:15
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Although I haven't tried them my self I have heard people speaking well of the neoprene "para boot" by hi tec. A friend of mine uses them and really rates them. IP: 81.156.191.80
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Posted: 01/02/2014 09:04:02
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iestyn999 wrote:

Anyone who chooses boots over wellies is wearing the wrong wellies!!


They seem like overkill? Wetsocks & bog-standard steel toe cap boots or wellys are generally warm enough for extended spells in deep water.

They have a look of moon boots about them, what are they like for climbing? If they got wedged in a crevice or rift presume they'd be hard to remove given their inherent lack of flexibility?
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Posted: 01/02/2014 09:45:19
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RJV wrote:

iestyn999 wrote:

Anyone who chooses boots over wellies is wearing the wrong wellies!!


They seem like overkill? Wetsocks & bog-standard steel toe cap boots or wellys are generally warm enough for extended spells in deep water.

They have a look of moon boots about them, what are they like for climbing? If they got wedged in a crevice or rift presume they'd be hard to remove given their inherent lack of flexibility?


The only problems I've ever had with them getting stuck is when on electron ladders, and occasionally my SRT foot loop gets stuck in the treads.

I've never really had any problems climbing in them

I've spent up to £250 on walking boots in the past, and if I'm honest, these wellies are much more comfortable. I can wear them all day and my feet never get tired.
They are heavy to hold, but when they're on your feet you don't notice Smile
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Posted: 01/02/2014 12:46:58
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I treated myself to some of the very nice but expensive Puroforts and then promptly stopped using them because doing lots of digging & didn't want to destroy them...
I'm currently trying some canyoning boots (from Starless River) which are very comfy, although don't keep much water out.

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Posted: 01/02/2014 15:12:19
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I have a pair of the hi tec paras, they are bloody good if you wear a pair of wetsocks with them. But the build quality is to be desired. The insides of mine are starting to get worn but nothing a new pair of insoles wont cure, only other issue is the sides tend to leak but you could also fix that with some of the shoe goo rubber stuff.

How are you getting on with the etche boots, gNick? I think the reason they don't keep water out is they are designed to drain quickly.

In any case I'll always use boots, I have visions of wellies flying off mid pitch or being sucked off my feet by the dreaded ochre.

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Posted: 01/02/2014 15:40:56
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I always wear wellies - and with shinpads. They fill them up quite tightly, and given I'm always getting into 'tight scrapes with loose deads', I'm way more concerned about getting my legs out unbroken than ultimate comfort! Everyone laughs at the shinpads, but I don't care. For digging they're a dream.

That said, I have been thinking about those posh Purofort wellies - the ones that look like Judge Dredd's boots. I'm just concerned they'll end up getting trashed like all the others do - wear off the rubber over the steel toecap, and get splits in the soles. £20 wellies I can stand that with, but £70. Unless, with the £70 ones that doesn't happen? Six years and like new sounds pretty damn good.
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Posted: 01/02/2014 18:15:04
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Etche boots pretty good, fill up and drain as well as my deep water wellies (have holes drilled in them) and are light and pretty grippy. Have laces so don't pull off in mud and a lovely red nylon tongue, what more could a mine explorer want?

Worth getting some insoles, even with the padding from wet-socks, I got some gel ones from Brantano and they make long walks much more agreeable.

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IP: 86.177.23.211 Edited: 01/02/2014 19:32:36 by gNick
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Posted: 01/02/2014 18:23:48
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I'm currently using North Egoli Inyati Chemical Boots
http://www.thesafetysupplycompany.co.uk/p/457752/sb---north-egoli-inyati-chemical-boot---en-345-200-joules---also-for-wading-in-water---lh-cb4.html#.Uu07cLR9BK4
and very good they are too. Apart from the eyelets being rubber the laces tend to saw through them.
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Posted: 01/02/2014 18:37:47
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My £15 pair of festival wellies have served me well so I can't argue. Throw a couple pairs of dry socks in the car for once you're topside - job done Smile

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