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PostPosted: Thu Aug 02, 2007 6:51 pm 
I would be interested to know what people wear on their feet in the cockpit. I have been told by kayak instructors and believe myself that one safety device on your boat is no device at all. That is, what you wear or don't wear on your feet.

To be clear, I don't wear shoes of any kind when I paddle. In the winter, I wear a water proof sock, but my crocks go on deck when I enter and stay there until I get out. I have always believed that any chance of a shoe getting caught as I wet exit could be fatal. I do paddle an FC Big Kahuna and the sea sock can eliminate some of these potential problems, but I keep it as a habit. It also gives me a little more room down there.

As I said, I am curious to know what others think on this safety subject. BTW, I think a Teva type sandal is, perhaps the most dangerous.

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Worn all kinds of footwear in a sea kayak cockpit, and never regarded any of it as a serious entrapment hazard. Laces would be an entrapment hazard, and I don't use them. Velcro might be, but rarely. Close-fitting buckles might be, but rarely. Loose-fitting straps could be, but i do not use them.

My footwear either has stretchy thin bungies (Chotas), so they would stretch enough to allow me to reach air, or no ;aces or closure straps at all.

If you avoid big loopy laces and similar, I suspect this is pretty far down the hazard scale. Sandals with large open areas ... do you really think these are a hazard? What would they get hung up on? I can not think of anything in my cockpit that would catch on them.

what are you thinking?

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I guess it is not as much a concern in a folder as a hardshell that has some attachments inside the cockpit. I may be overly cautious, but am always mindful of what can go wrong in a situation.

I often see other kayakers out for a paddle by themselves with no safety equipment ( PFD on the back deck, no paddle float, tow rope, pump ). It is the time you think you are safe and just enjoying the day that something can happen.

Perhaps I am cautious about footware, but am also curious about what others think.

Thanks for your thoughts Dave.

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The first time I paddled a Cooper my sandal got hooked on one of the frame tubes, and I couldn't get it loose. Very scary. I could see flipping and being trrapped. I slowly backed into shore and freed myself. Since then I only paddle in neoprene booties in most boats. In the big double Klepper it's not as big a problem.


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Alex wrote: mje wrote:
The first time I paddled a Cooper my sandal got hooked on one of the frame tubes, and I couldn't get it loose. Very scary.

Was it tubular rib? Because it must be difficult getting caught in longerons(stringers) - unless they are very loose, allowing enough room between the tube and the skin (impossible thing in Feahtercrafts - they are very tight).

Had to be. There is a gap around the edge of the rib -- bet it was the heel of the sandal. No gaps between the longerons and skin on a Cooper. Very tight to the skin.

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