When you choose to ignore that plummeting mercury and paddle out anyway, you better be sure that you gear up with nothing by the best. Not just any surf booties will do when it comes to doing battle with frigid waters. You need a pair of booties that will not only ensure the warmth of your feet so they can constantly perform at their peak, but a set that will also provide you with an intimate connection between you and your surf board. Check out our top five favorite surfing booties for 2013 that will undoubtedly enhance your entire surf season.
Whenever you need to crank the thermal dial, slip your toes into the O’Neill Heat 5mm RT Surfing Booties. This pair is crafted from high quality neoprene Fluid Foam for a fit that feels phenomenal every time you paddle out. The whole package is sealed up with blindstitched seams and ultra durable glue that is in it for long haul. A rugged textured rubber outsole delivers plenty of grip and protection while the forefoot is outfitted with torsion control so that you can establish a flawless connection with your surf stick. The Anti-Flush shin strap pulls the whole deal together and lets you pick exactly how tight you fasten these bad boys. If the O’Neill Heat 5mm RT Booties seem like the total package, that’s because they are.
Cold water has got nothing on the Quiksilver Cypher 5mm Split Toe Surf Booties. A dual seal treatment covers this pair and teams up with a highly effective ankle strap to keep frigid fluids from frazzling your feet. Perhaps the best part about the Cypher is the biofleece material they are constructed from. This fabric is highly flexible so that your feet can behave naturally, and microscopic air cells capture and hold warmth better while remaining impressively lightweight. Finally, a soft textured sole gives you all the traction you need to seize complete command even in the roughest seas. The undeniably sensational combination of high quality materials and fantastically functional features ensures that the Quiksilver Cypher 5mm Split Toe Boots have to be on this list.
The attention to detail and superior craftsmanship that went into the Xcel Drylock 5mm Round Toe make it a must have in any top five. This pair of high performance booties undergoes quadruple gluing and features blindstiched seams to achieve a pressure bonded state that never fails to put your feet in the perfect position to rip extra hard. Xcel engineered the Drylock to withstand all kinds of abuse while never failing to fit you just right. Given the dual level ThermoBamboo lining that repels water and the added support in the heel and toe, it is no wonder that so many experienced surfers are choosing this unstoppable set of foot huggers.
When the waters are extra chilly and few are bold enough to paddle out, the Xcel Infiniti 5mm Split Toe Surf Booties answers the call by delivering an impressive blend of board feel and warmth. The Infiniti features a ThermoCarbon lining, Ultrastretch ankle panels made from neoprene and 100% blind stitching so that water is less likely to seep in and hassle your feet. While the split toe design enables you to enjoy a more natural connection with your board, a solid sole has been installed underneath to prevent your leash or any stray seaweed from getting hung up. For those of you keeping score at home, yes, that is two pairs of Xcel surf booties on this list of the best, so obviously Xcel is doing something right. We love Xcel wetsuits and surf booties and you will too!
Ladies, this one is for you. The Roxy Syncro 5mm Round Surf Booties are a robust solution to your needs for cold water footwear. Premium insulating materials ensure that your toes stay nice and toasty all session long. Wraparound rubber soles add bonus protection and reinforced stress points enhance durability so that you can keep going strong the entire season. Easy to get off and on, but never one to flinch during use, the Roxy Syncro 5mm Round Surf Booties straight up dominate the most treacherous conditions.
There you have it. Get some booties. Put ’em on. Paddle out.