Scuba Tech Tips: Dive Boots – S05E16

Warm and comfortable feet makes a happy diver. Alec shares many tips when buying dive boots for warm water, cold water, scuba or snorkelling.

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Billy Riley says:

I live in Cape Coral FL. It would be awesome to meet you if you ever make your way back down here.

Brian Khan says:

Alec my brother wants to use freediving fins as his everyday fins. I get they are good in strong currents, but feel like they are a bit overkill. What are your thoughts?

Andreas I says:

Also the boots make a great carrying case, useful for packaging when traveling. I keep my gloves, the computer, a GoPro, a swimsuit and occasionally my mask in there. And the boots are only size 10 🙂
Thanks for another brilliant video Alec!

Ottopsyboy says:

Mr. Peirce
Thank you for the information, I was wondering on how you felt about the difference between rubber sole boots and felt soled boots. I dive in Okinawa and it seems like everyone out here dives felt soled. I was wondering about advantages or disadvantages between the two.

Alex Ceric says:

When you mention prices of things in your videos – do you always use Canadian Dollars – and the prices that you would expect to find in Canada? This is something I always wondered about.

Kyle Tanner says:

Great videos as usual. One thing that might make for an interesting tech tip is sidemount diving, specifically recreational sidemount.

Tim Reynolds says:

Alec, I used to make most of my dives from boats until I recently arrived in Okinawa, here you can dive from dozens of locations from shore but, I had to buy new boots that most people use here with a 1/2 inch felt on the bottom. This is to protect from sharp coral/rock or sea urchins. Love the videos, keep them coming!!

Tom Knudsen says:

Thanks for the video Alec.. I was wondering if you could make a video were you talk about water in the first stage, what to do, what not to do etc. Came from a dive here in Egypt and was about to rinse my regulator (Apeks XTX200 and 50), socked under water I realize that the protection cap was not on…. Now this was my last dive but not heading home till Sunday. Tried to hang it for dry as that was the only solution I could think of. So perhaps some good advice, what not to do, what to do and some technical talk around what happens if? For the sake of my regulator, I am going to my dive center in Norway to have it checked and serviced…. Anyway keep those teck tips coming 😉 Tom…


whats better big or small fins

johnny figueroa says:

Hi, I’m from Puerto Rico and I follow it for a year. I congratulate you for your very good advice. I would like you to enjoy a program of the dive scooter in the market.

Holland Hollywood says:

As usual very informative.


can you make a beginner gear video

Chirana Gheorghita Eugeniu Theodor says:

nice vid alec. we call those very hard boots rock boots. You forgot to mention about boots that can be fitted to a drysuit. Anyway i have a question for you not related to this vid in particular: I saw some divers when opening the tank valve they keep the purge pressed on the second stage and after air starts hissing they let go. Do they have a particular reason to do that?

escapemechanic says:

i live in Cape Coral! now you have a friend and a super fan here!

David Pinto says:

Great info,and entertaining as well.

iVlog says:

My Lynx is a 5mm semi dry has a seal skin on the cuff that’s supposed to help stop water from moving.
Not sure if it’s as effective as waterproof claim.
I’d be interested to see a vintage evolution of the wetsuit Ike the introduction of titanium etc.

Arshad Mohammed says:

I’m from the Caribbean, visited my uncle in Winnipeg a few years back in July, I felt like the AC was on 24/7 lol

Colin Traynor says:

Hi Alec great informative video as always all this talk of boots brings a question to mind. Reduced mobility divers I suffered an accident in which I broke my leg in 15 places last year and as a result have permanent damage I could possibly loose the use of my ankle making it impossible to fin efficiently is there any advice you could give or even a tech tip on products available.

Thanks Col

RC pi says:

I’m not first, but still a great 4th of July gift!

grakkerful says:

I don’t even dive and I’ve watched most of this man’s videos. WTF? Great information and experience. I need to get in the water. Shame that I live single digit miles from the ocean and don’t dive.

kadrik0 says:

Great tips. I like a middle of the road boot with rubber protection on the back and front of the boot, medium thickness sole, 5mm, and zip up side. I went with 5mm. Worked in both cold water and warm water and never had any issues. In fact, I like the colder weather style since you have extra protection and don’t have to worry about using the boots on any water excursion on a cruise ship. Great on the beach, snorkling, and scuba diving and so much better than a target water shoe. Going to have to replace my 5mm neosport boots here in about another year or two. It would still work for scuba but I’ve worn down the tread on the bottom and don’t want to have a slick boot on a scuba boat. Made me laugh on the white feet comment. So true! My only advice for people just buying is don’t buy a boot with a high ankle and no zipper. They can still be used but when you take them off wet it is harder to take off and I’ve came close 2-3 times of having a boot go flying across a boat or back into the ocean when it finally released.

Montiman0 says:

The high rubber on the toebox are essential. Protects the forefoot from the edge of the fin pocket.

knoodelhed says:

Boots aren’t so much a wetsuit accessory anymore as they are specialized activity footwear. I’t’d be nice to see what Nike or Vans might bring to the dive market, leveraging on their knowledge of feet and shoes, and hopefully lifting the quality of what’s available across the board.

M Schmitzquadrat says:

Do not underestimate the boyancy of heavier boots….. I have the ones with the thicker sole and the first time I tried them under water I ended up upside down, hat to adjust my lead

James Kelleher says:

Hi Alec I am new to scuba diving and i have watched almost all of ur videos. They are great! I am looking to buy a regulator, safe second and a bcd. I already have mask snorkel fins but I don’t really know good companies to buy and I don’t really know what level of gear to buy. I will be scuba diving in cape cod Massachusetts and the water temp is typically 60-45 area. I was wondering if you could just give a few recommendations for a new diver. Also i’m still in school so I don’t have much money. Thank you,

Alain Dumesny says:

What’s your thinking of full pocket fins (no boots) for tropical dives instead of boots + oversized/heavier open fins ? I tried my snorkeling fins (full pockets, not boots) that I use all the time in Maui, in a pool back home vs boots+open dive fins (tried 2 I own including the Nova you rave about) and found my full foot snorkeling ones were actually more efficient and faster doing laps will full gear underwater.. will see on actual dive.

Also while I use a drysuit here in Monterey, I found it much more comfortable to use the soft compressed 3mm socks on the drysuit directly into a sized down Nova fin (normally need L/XL with size 11, but using M size I found on the cheap) as it compresses with depth while ‘hard’ boots don’t shrink as well with depth… I just use a thin (1-2mm) tropical boot slip on with a rubber sole if I need to walk around to protect my drysuit built in soft socks.

SeikiBrian says:

Alec, your advice to try on boots before buying is spot on, and buying from your local dive store rather than online is essential. I have two sets of boots: 6.5mm Aqua~Lung SuperZip Ergo boots in size 12, and 8mm XS Scuba Thug Boots in size 11. One would think the size 12 boots would be larger than the size 11 boots, but that’s not the case; Aqua~Lung’s sizes and XS Scuba’s sizes are not equivalent. Had I not tried them on in the store, I would have been playing around with return shipping and chasing correct sizes.

bristol says:

Good day Alec from U.K………… I have noticed that Wind surfers and canoeist tend to go for the more flexible 3mm boot and wet suits but the diver’s go for 6mm ……….
just saying and taking part also subscribed your great forum ………….

Sam Brown says:

Hey Mr. Pierce,
I just signed up for an ssi open diving class.
I was wondering what you think a good budget would be for a new diver?
Thanks in advance!

Booboosik says:

Could you show vintage boots?


thanks for good information btw

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