Chilly waters but warmer weather, mean that whilst the blue skies and waves may look appealing, you still need to be kitting yourself out in order to make the most of the water in our late spring to early summer. Luckily there are a lot of good products on the market designed to let you enjoy the surf, without worrying about getting cold. Today we’ll be reviewing one of the Boylo’s favourites, the O’Neill Heat 3mm Split Toe Wetsuit Boot.
O’Neill Heat 3mm Split Toe Wetsuit Boot Review
The O’Neill Heat 3mm Split Toe Wetsuit Boot is a superb product for year round surfing, but it particularly suits our UK climate and water temperatures. The 3mm thickness may not be as thick as some of the other boots on the market, but thanks to the high quality build and great features you’ll struggle to see much of a difference in warmth. Whats more, with the reduced thickness comes a greater sensation from feet to board. So whether your surfing, windsurfing, paddle boarding, kite surfing or any other watersport, your feet will feel more connected when standing on your gear, giving you a better base for balance and control.
The O’Neill Heat 3mm Split Toe Wetsuit Boots boast some great features to enhance their performance. Their split toe is a truly great design and gives you a much more locked in and snugg fit from the boots and feels great when performing boardsports, as you get full use of your big toe and other toes seperately meaning superior feel and balance. The split toe also prevents your foot from rolling around in the boot when moving, this is further enhanced by the horizontal torsion control system on the top of the foot of the boot, which prevents the boot from over twisting or rolling about on your foot. All this means that you notice wearing the boots less and less and can therefore focus better on the sport you’re doing.
O’Neill are all about surfing in colder waters and there experience shows when it comes to making their products warm. The O’Neill Heat 3mm Split Toe Wetsuit Boots are made from O’Neill’s fluid foam material, which is vitally warm and yet incredibly supple giving you more feeling without losing warmth. All the seams in the O’Neill Heat 3mm Split Toe Wetsuit Boots are Glued and Blind stitched, which prevents any water from getting through the seams. By not passing the thread all the way through the material when sowing and therefore not making a hole, there is no where for the water to get through. The glue is then placed over the seam for good measure and what you end up with is a waterproof seal. This combined with the top shin strap that prevents flushing water into the boot, means that very little water actually gets to your feet, keeping you warmer and importantly, in the water for longer!
The attention to detail shown in the design and manufacturing of the O’Neill Heat 3mm Split Toe Wetsuit Boot is testament to O’Neill’s vast experience of making cold water surf products. The Durable rubber sole on the O’Neill Heat 3mm Split Toe Wetsuit Boot is evidence of this, you’ll take for granted the ease with which you can walk over pebbles, reefs and rocks on your way to the surf, thanks to the thoughout design of the O’Neill team.
All in all, a superb wetsuit boot and one that the entire Boylo’s team highly recommend for your watersports needs (Many of the team where these boots themselves!). At just £29.99 the O’Neill Heat 3mm Split Toe Wetsuit Boots are incredibly good value for such a high performance boot! If you would like to view the boots simply follow this link to the website: O’Neill Heat 3mm Split Toe Wetsuit Boot