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PostPosted: Tue Aug 28, 2012 2:13 pm 
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Regarding the "stink" of Vibram FiveFingers. The KSO's are great for the boat. Very breathable fabric, not that thick, and a thinner sole. They also make the FLOW, which is neoprene, a bit warmer for cool water, and with a slightly different sole material.

You can wash them easily. So stink shouldn't be an issue if you have dedicated sailing shoes.

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 28, 2012 4:39 pm 
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Thanks for all the great input! I'm checking out the options. I'm currently leaning toward the TopSider Bungee but we'll see.

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launching from the beautifull Crystal Coast sandy beaches


Hey, where do you sail? I grew up sailling and windsurfing all around that area between Swansboro, EI, Atlantic Beach & Morehead. Kept my H18 on the beach just south of the EI pier many summers. Fantastic sailing. I really miss it.

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 29, 2012 7:44 am 
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Yeah, I love that Vibrams are machine washable!

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 29, 2012 12:05 pm 
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I have been using the New Balance Minumus MT trail shoe, it holds the sand a little but works great for traction, protection, it's lighweight etc. It also drys pretty quickly and doesn't smell.

New Balance desc:
-Synthetic mesh upper provides lightweight comfort and support.
-Designed to be worn with or without socks.
-Anti-microbial treatment resists odors.
-Deconstructed ACTEVA® midsole provides great flexibility and featherweight cushioning.
-Minimal Vibram® outsole for lightweight traction and durability.

http://www.newbalance.com/Minimus-10-Tr ... gid=101200

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 29, 2012 6:06 pm 
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For cat sailing, I like a fairly stiff sole with an indentation under the arch. Currently using these for cat and trap dinghy sailing:

http://www.mauriprosailing.com/Harken-S ... G2063.html

I've never found the ideal shoe.


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 30, 2012 12:08 pm 
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I perfer bare foot for both opti and h16 but im starting high school sailing and we sail 420s and a requirement is shoes. Has any one tryed the one in the first post or this?
http://www.zhik.com/ProductDetails.aspx ... goryID=255

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 07, 2012 3:11 pm 
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GD_NC wrote:
Thanks for all the great input! I'm checking out the options. I'm currently leaning toward the TopSider Bungee but we'll see.

Hobie16bum wrote:
launching from the beautifull Crystal Coast sandy beaches


Hey, where do you sail? I grew up sailling and windsurfing all around that area between Swansboro, EI, Atlantic Beach & Morehead. Kept my H18 on the beach just south of the EI pier many summers. Fantastic sailing. I really miss it.


Launching form 11th Street public access downtown Morehead City. Went out yesterday, 23kts wind with the gennaker on the H16, what a blast, only pitch poled once, not bad for a couple a 50 year old. Still beat the H18 with the college kids onboard, its good for the mid life ego's.

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 07, 2012 6:32 pm 
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Tom Kirkman wrote:
The ones I liked the most are SON-R Feedback Bungees.


I picked up a pair of Sperry Son-R Bungees and tried them out last week while sailling at the coast. I'm very happy with them and they are super comfortable. These are a really good choice. Thanks for the tip Tom and thanks to everyone for the great input.

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 07, 2012 6:35 pm 
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Hobie16bum wrote:
GD_NC wrote:
Thanks for all the great input! I'm checking out the options. I'm currently leaning toward the TopSider Bungee but we'll see.

Hobie16bum wrote:
launching from the beautifull Crystal Coast sandy beaches


Hey, where do you sail? I grew up sailling and windsurfing all around that area between Swansboro, EI, Atlantic Beach & Morehead. Kept my H18 on the beach just south of the EI pier many summers. Fantastic sailing. I really miss it.


Launching form 11th Street public access downtown Morehead City. Went out yesterday, 23kts wind with the gennaker on the H16, what a blast, only pitch poled once, not bad for a couple a 50 year old. Still beat the H18 with the college kids onboard, its good for the mid life ego's.


Nice - I was down in Wilmington going between no wind and thunderstorms. Sounds like I picked the wrong spot! I've see a bunch of cats at 11th street do people keep their boats set up there?

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 20, 2012 3:00 pm 
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Walmart sells the Ocean Pacific water shoes with a rubber sole for less than $10.00 a pair.

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 21, 2012 7:04 pm 
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Tim H16 wrote:
Walmart sells the Ocean Pacific water shoes with a rubber sole for less than $10.00 a pair.

Picked up those OPs a few days before you posted at Dicks, about 11 bucks on sale. :wink:

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 21, 2012 7:18 pm 
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West Marine water shoes. Likely not the best, but they're perfectly adequate.

FiveFingers sound like a great idea!

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