Keep your feet warm with the Orca Hydro Booties
Use these hydro booties with your favourite wetsuit and base layers to help keep your feet warmer during the colder months and cooler water temperatures. With silicone grip on the sole they also help to make the transition from shore to the the water more comfortable.
Made from 3mm neoprene this hydro booties are thicker than socks and will provide more insulation. They also have a long ankle cuff to cover more of your leg and limit water entry to the bootie.
The split toe design helps to keep your foot secure in the boot. The thickness of these boots will offer more insulation for potentially longer exposure to the colder waters or if you are prone to feeling the cold.
Please check your size using the size chart pictured within the product images
Surf Swim School Verdict:
The Orca Hydro Booties are a thicker covering for your feet in the colder waters or during the winter months. The biggest difference between these booties and some swim socks is the split toe design. The big toe is separated from the rest of your toes by a seam. Split toe boots have been around in surfing products for decades and the idea is that the split toe helps to anchor the boot, stopping it from moving around as, and when, you get water in the boot. It’s also important to get a snug fit for the booties, any pockets of air will fill up with water and trying to swim with water sloshing around your feet is not an overly pleasant experience!
At 3mm thick these booties will see most people through their winter swimming, depending on your tolerance to colder water temperatures. You may notice that the booties lift your feet higher in the water as they are 3mm thick. Some swimmers find it adversely affects their kick with feet popping out of the water, other swimmers love it as they don’t need to work as hard! If you don’t like the idea of your feet being higher in the water you may find swim socks, which are thinner, a better choice for you.
If you would like to look at swim socks, you can find a couple of options here:
About the Surf Swim School
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