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Old 05-01-2009, 08:51   #1 (permalink)
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Question Wellies? Expert Advice Required!

Possibly a strange question, but I'm canvassing for opinion and/or advice.

My memories of wellies are of those I had as a kid, where your feet slop around, and I scoffed at the idea of them being a useful form of footwear. But now, having carried out a bit of research, I see there's a lot more to them than meets the eye! (And boy can they cost!) My reason for looking into the idea is that at the end of Feb we'll be on the Northumberland coast. I'm determined to get some decent coastal photographs and foresee :groan: a paddling requirement. (They would also get a lot of use when dog walking.)

So, the questions. Are they not very warm? Should I pay the extra for a neoprene lining? (Or would I just end up with permanently sweaty feet... ) Do you wear them with two pairs of socks for warmth?

Does anyone have any recommendations for stockists in the (west) Surrey area? I'd rather try them on than buy online. Leading contenders at the moment are the Hunter Balmoral or Aigle Parcours. Regarding the Parcours , does anyone have any experience of the Outlast ones? (The ones with the NASA technology! )

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Old 05-01-2009, 10:46   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Wellies? Expert Advice Required!

I too found out that wellies are more of a fashion statement these days than purely practical footwear + that they can indeed cost a fortune!

I ended up with a short pair of flowery ones which I use for gardening ... I loathe gardening (well I'm ok once I get going, but do have better things to do) but my flowery wellies do make it more fun

They are not the warmest though, so yes I'd advise buying a loosely fitting pair + wearing 2 pairs of socks, if you're going paddling in the sea with them I wore mine on a recent trip to the seaside + my feet got soaked That was because (a) they're ankle boots + (b) they have a zip up the front of the foot (which works its way unzipped as you walk ) which makes them less than waterproof.

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Get gaiters

wellies are more for us farmers rather than walking/hiking!

I'd recommend a decent set of walking boots and a pair of gaiters. The boots would be much much warmer than most wellies and the gaiters keep the trousers dry and clean when your walking through long grass etc! I think a pair of them is only about £15 but its well worth the money, id be lost without mine!!


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Old 05-01-2009, 12:29   #4 (permalink)
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You can get good wellies if you want to pay for them and they will last a long time if you keep them clean after you have been on the beach my advise is buy a pair so that you can wear thick socks in them to keep out the cold! you may see a lot of other photographers where you are going, at the moment it seems that every magazine you pick up there is a picture of that coastline!
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Iain, I have a pair of the Toggi Wanderer Plus and they are the most comfortable wellies I have ever worn (and being an ex-farm girl, I've had a few pairs in my life).

Yes, go for neoprene lining and I would recommend a gusset on the side as well.

I wear two or three pairs of socks depending on what I'm doing. A thin cotton pair, a wooly pair and, if I'm going to be in them for a long time, a long pair of wellie socks as well which go over my trousers. I wore them all day when we were walking in the New Forest when we were searching for Magic/Meg and they were incredibly comfortable.

THe best advice though is to go with the best you can afford. Mine were £75 but worth every penny.

As for stockists, any farm supplies shop will usually stock a good selection. There is certainly one in Dorking (J & W Attlee Ltd) and probably one in Guildford somewhere too.
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Re: Wellies? Expert Advice Required!

Cheers guys.

Charlotte, unfortunately it looks like the ones I'm interested in don't come in a flowery pattern...

Steve, I'm not convinced that gaiters would work when paddling - can't imagine they form enough of a seal to prevent water coming up from underneath.

Des, you could be right! A quick bit of research shows that there's more than just Bamburgh Castle, so hopefully it won't be too busy. And how many mad fools will be planning in paddling in the sea at the end of Feb???

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Iain, I have a pair of the Toggi Wanderer Plus and they are the most comfortable wellies I have ever worn (and being an ex-farm girl, I've had a few pairs in my life).

Yes, go for neoprene lining and I would recommend a gusset on the side as well.

I wear two or three pairs of socks depending on what I'm doing. A thin cotton pair, a wooly pair and, if I'm going to be in them for a long time, a long pair of wellie socks as well which go over my trousers. I wore them all day when we were walking in the New Forest when we were searching for Magic/Meg and they were incredibly comfortable.

THe best advice though is to go with the best you can afford. Mine were £75 but worth every penny.

As for stockists, any farm supplies shop will usually stock a good selection. There is certainly one in Dorking (J & W Attlee Ltd) and probably one in Guildford somewhere too.
Toggis got a couple of mentions on LL so will try them if I see them.

So if you've got room for all those socks, what's it like if you're not wearing the third pair? What I really want to avoid is that slopping about feeling.

Thanks for the tip on stockists.

I'm still in shock at the fact that I'm actively considering spending around £100 on a pair of wellies...

Edit to add that seeing as one of my favourite sayings is "There's no such things as bad weather, just the wrong clothes" I should just pay up and shut up!

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FWIW when I used to ride my motorbike in wet or winter conditions I always used to wear decent wellies rather than my riding boots. However, they were very cold. My solution to this was:

Two pairs of cut off feet from old pairs of my Wife's tights.
One pair of my ordinary socks.
One pair of seaboot socks worn over your trousers and rolled back down to go over the top of the wellies.

Near to where I work there is a place that seems to specialize in wellies.

Welly Workshop - Map

Not been in there, so not sure if they are any good.
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So if you've got room for all those socks, what's it like if you're not wearing the third pair? What I really want to avoid is that slopping about feeling.
To be honest, I barely notice the difference, they are just a little more snug with the third pair. Because these expensive wellies are shaped more to fit, there is very little "slopping about" with them.
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So if you've got room for all those socks, what's it like if you're not wearing the third pair? What I really want to avoid is that slopping about feeling.
I guess the best way is to try some on armed with a selection of socks and tights. Don't forget the bag to put over your head
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Well I have Hunter Originals which are great but I do wish I got the wetsuit lining stuff - was only an extra £10 or something. I find so long as I have sufficient sock-age, they are really comfy for walking around generally.

However, I'm a hillwalker and would never wear wellies for proper hiking - hiking boots and gaitors are a must if you are going to be doing vigorous hillwalking.
Maybe you need both?
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SORRY - I don't have Hunter Originals (the soles are rubbish don't get them)
I have Hunter Classics
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Iain, try Le Charmeau wellies.... there a bit dearer than £100 but you get a gaurantee with them...
and they do have a web site..
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I know someone who swears by her Aigle wellies for comfort but I personally wouldn't wear wellies to go walking as they're too hot and sweaty (don't breathe), the sole is usually far too flexible and there's no ankle support. I also hate gaiters (too hot!) except in snow when it stops my boots filling up!
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Smelly wellies, anyone remember getting sent to school in winter while wearing short trousers and having a big red ring on your legs just under the knees cos you had them on all day Wearing them with the top turned over like Compo was considered cool.

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Cheers chaps! When I say walking, I mean dog-walking, not hiking. I already have a cracking pair of hiking boots (even if they do have a slightly dodgy to pronounce name - Asolo ).

Front runners are Aigle, Le Chameau second, and possibly Muck Boots third. Does depend on what I can find to try on. (And then, assuming a decent level of service, buy. Rather than go away and find the cheapest online price.)
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Smelly wellies, anyone remember getting sent to school in winter while wearing short trousers and having a big red ring on your legs just under the knees cos you had them on all day Wearing them with the top turned over like Compo was considered cool.
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