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Postby shottheradio » Nov 22, 2006 5:41 pm

what types of boots do you trust or like? i can't find the boots i had,and i need to get a new pair,i don't want to pay a lot,and i don't like those big clunky kickers....Any Ideas??
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Postby Scott McCrea » Nov 22, 2006 6:45 pm

A click on the "Search Forum" link at the top of the page and a query for "boots" brought up the following threads about caving boots: 1 2 3 4
Here's another link to an article about caving boots: LINK

Lots of options and lots of opinions are out there about boots. The most basic needs are something that will stay on your feet, fit well enough to not hurt your feet, and have good enough traction to minimize slipage. The rest is personal preference, but the better your boots perform, the better caver you will be.
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Postby mabercrombie » Nov 22, 2006 11:04 pm

Im a big fan of steel toe bata boots, they are cheap (20$) have great traction (when there new), and are not that uncomfortable.
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Postby Dane » Nov 23, 2006 12:41 am

I would stay away from water-proof. Eventually, they will get water in them, and then they don't drain - of course as Scott said, that is just my personal preference. (and that of those that are around when I take them off!!!)
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Postby paul » Nov 23, 2006 7:48 am

Wellies!
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Postby Realms » Nov 23, 2006 11:56 am

Joops and Muckmasters :-)
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Postby shottheradio » Nov 23, 2006 3:32 pm

what is the joops web site.
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Postby Scott McCrea » Nov 23, 2006 4:11 pm

No web site. Joop is a caver. Mark Joop from TN. He imports the boots and sells them to cavers. His contact info is in the NSS Members Manual. There is a ton of useful info in the previous threads about Joop Boots.
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Postby graveleye » Nov 26, 2006 9:40 am

I'm in the market for some boots too.. any idea what his asking price is for them? Ballpark$$?

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Postby cavemanjonny » Nov 26, 2006 10:30 am

Bata skis, er boots are the best!!
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Postby mabercrombie » Nov 26, 2006 12:03 pm

I think that Joop boots are 65 dollars give or take ten.
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Postby JoeyS » Nov 27, 2006 8:27 am

I have been using these for a while now:

http://www.gemplers.com/a/shop/product. ... 6251318715

They also have a steel toe version for a few bucks more. Another caver gave me the idea of putting brass grommets in the lace eyes to keep the eyes from ripping out prematurely. A grommet kit is available at most hardware stores and comes with enough grommets for 2 pairs of boots.

Before that I used cheap canvas wader boots from Academy Sports. They really don't have much support though...
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Postby Scott McCrea » Nov 27, 2006 9:41 am

JoeyS wrote:I have been using these for a while now:

http://www.gemplers.com/a/shop/product. ... 6251318715

They also have a steel toe version for a few bucks more. Another caver gave me the idea of putting brass grommets in the lace eyes to keep the eyes from ripping out prematurely. A grommet kit is available at most hardware stores and comes with enough grommets for 2 pairs of boots.

Those are Bata Boots (some call them Bata Skis). I used a pair for a couple years. They are good caving boots. That's a good price too.
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Postby mabercrombie » Nov 27, 2006 10:18 am

I put grommets in my Bata Boots as well, and prefer the steel toe variety.
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Postby graveleye » Nov 28, 2006 10:00 am

someone sent an email to me about some boots with a picture but no text... the picture was titled micCanyonBoots

whos the mystery boot merchant? :question:
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