help sizing OR boots and gloves
Posted: 28 October 2009 03:21 PM   [ Ignore ]
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I am still looking for better boots and gloves for coldwater kiting and SUP, and since all my kite stuff is now OR I figure I will give the Coldfire stuff a try.  I have not found any sizing information on the website.  Any experience is appreciated:

boot: normally wear a US size 11 shoe

gloves: normally end up with size “large” in other brands (most recently Mystic) and find them to be a little tight on the wrists even though my hands are pretty average-sized.

Also, if anyone has any comments on whether the 5mm gloves work for holding a paddle and retaining enough dexterity to kite, I would love to hear it.

Thanks!

Andy

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Posted: 28 October 2009 04:41 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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I prefer the 5mm OR split toe cold fire boots for SUP and kite. Our water temp here on Vancouver Island is about 8 C (52 F) all year. For a snug fit on a US 11 foot, I would try a size 10.
I hate wearing gloves when I SUP or Kite, so If I have to, I go thin (1mm to 3mm). The OR 3mm glove will work well for colder SUPing. For additional paddle grip while wearing gloves, I rub cold water surf wax on the paddle shaft.

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Posted: 29 October 2009 10:24 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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I find the booties run a size large, I normally wear an 11 and have a 10 in the booties. I just use the 5mm, even in the cold water out east in the winter. The 3mm gloves are more than enough for on the SUP, like Richard said, I hate wearing gloves. Normally I use cross country ski gloves for flatwater paddling when it’s cold.

The Cold Fire gear is great.

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Posted: 29 October 2009 11:00 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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Thanks for the information!  I’ll try the 5 mm boots.  I agree about the gloves—I have never found water gloves that I like, but the circulation in my hands is getting worse and worse so I was unrealistically hoping that OR gloves were the magic bullet.  I will not be in waves this winter, so using snowsport gloves for SUP is a good suggestion,

Andy

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