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Tocsin

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Posted: 13/08/2014 11:43:24
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Hello all,

I use a pair of Echte's excellent canyoning boots with wetsocks for underground exploration.

The boots tend to fill up and hold water. I know cavers sometimes drill boots to make drain holes but i dont know where or what size holes (avoid grit ingress, speed fo drain, etc).

Does anyone here do this and can adviuse please?

Ta

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Posted: 13/08/2014 13:42:34
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I've also got a pair of the Echte boots which I find very comfortable. I've not had a problem with them filling up, they seem to drain ok through the back seam. I do use insoles as well so that might help to minimise the volume that water can get into.
For my deep water wellies I've drilled a couple of 5mm holes on the inner side about halfway along to line up with my instep. This does allow small stones in but they drain quickly.
I'm not sure whether I would want to drill holes in the Echte boots given they're a lot more expensive than my Toolstation safety wellies!

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Posted: 13/08/2014 14:48:29
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May I recommend a pair of these Egoli safety boots if you're wary of drilling holes in your boots. They're used by miners in South Africa and being PVC they won't rot. Worn with wetsocks they don't hold much water when they're laced up: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/like/161342081424?limghlpsr=true&hlpv=2&ops=true&viphx=1&hlpht=true&lpid=108&device=c&adtype=pla&crdt=0&ff3=1&ff11=ICEP3.0.0-L&ff12=67&ff13=80&ff14=108 IP: 109.149.61.204
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Posted: 13/08/2014 15:12:22
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Those Egoli, how is the steel toe cap in them - I ask as I have had steelies before with wellies and for me they have always pressed into my foot when flexing the toe end of the wellie whilst doing squatting type maneuvers etc...

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Posted: 13/08/2014 15:36:56
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Never had any problem like that with the Egoli boots mike, but I do find that they tend to split either behind the toecap or around the top lacehole.
Considering how cheap they are (or were when I bought them) they are still pretty good value.

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Posted: 13/08/2014 16:17:42
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I used to use NCB rubber lace-ups in my caving days, and they worked very well. Lace-ups take less water in than wellies and shed it through the tongue area from the movement of walking, especially if you slit the tongue.

I did have some Whernside boots at one time, they had a proper Vibram sole but I found them too stiff and went back to the NCB ones (which you could buy for a couple of quid from any Yorkshire pub in those days!)

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Posted: 13/08/2014 18:18:48
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Drain 'oles in mah wellies, Ah yup, 3 of them (about 4mm) set on the instep of the boot spaced about 3/4 of an inch apart, each time I put me foot down the action pushes the water out!

Very effective oh yeah they're "Dunlop Acciforts" steel toed ones, never had any issue with the toecaps, then again when digging its better to have some protection rather than squished toes!

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Posted: 13/08/2014 22:22:46
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Cuban Bloodhound wrote:

May I recommend a pair of these Egoli safety boots if you're wary of drilling holes in your boots. They're used by miners in South Africa and being PVC they won't rot. Worn with wetsocks they don't hold much water when they're laced up: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/like/161342081424?limghlpsr=true&hlpv=2&ops=true&viphx=1&hlpht=true&lpid=108&device=c&adtype=pla&crdt=0&ff3=1&ff11=ICEP3.0.0-L&ff12=67&ff13=80&ff14=108


Years ago when I worked in South Africa, egoli boots were great. I worked in a gold mine and I didn't have any issues with them.
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Posted: 14/08/2014 19:29:05
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Thanks for the input chaps.
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Posted: 14/08/2014 19:35:23
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Don't forget to take yer boots off before you drill 'em Sad

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