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Warmbac wetsocks, short 
£20.70
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Warmbac wetsocks, short

Above ankle height, well made quality five piece neoprene socks ideal for wet caves. For an excellent fit in your boots, and to avoid blisters if you're planning on doing *lots* of prussiking, add trainer insoles! Available in sizes 4 - 12, other sizes made to order (we have supplied size 15!)
Warmbac wetsocks, long 
£27.00
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Warmbac wetsocks, long

For those who get cold feet, or have sensitive shins, or wear ankle boots - or just like a bit of luxury! Identical to the warmbac short wetsock, but with extended panels that extend the cover to just below knee length. Nicely cut, so that even those well - blessed in the calf department shouldn't find them too restrictive. Sizes 4 - 12
Marigold Industrial Gloves 
£5.10
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Marigold Industrial Gloves

Black rubber, medium length gloves which combine some toughness with sensitivity and flexibility. Obviously, completely waterproof (when new!); quick to dry, too, as they are unlined. Not so tough as the Astroflex, but very dextrous, which makes it very easy to handle SRT kit, tie knots, and place bolts with them on. Most cavers will be able to wear these throughout a trip - no need to be removing gloves for delicate manoeuvres. Take a couple of pairs for long trips away. Sizes: 6.5 (small) to 10.5 (XXlarge) so there are suitable sizes for children or small handed female cavers, but also yetis. They can be worn over neoprene diving gloves to protect your investment, if underwater digging!Also, of interest to divers, these are the gloves traditionally provided for use with the Kubi Glove System; therefore they are the appropriate replacement.
Marigold Astroflex glove 
£7.20
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Marigold Astroflex glove

Blue latex rubber, lined caving glove. Very waterproof and flexible, for those who do not need heavy weight protection or who want increased dexterity. As these gloves are close fitting and with only a thin lining they are surprisingly warm, especially in wet or draughty caves; they reduce water ingress and, compared to knit-lined gloves, hold less water next to the skin. 30cm cuff, and crinkle finished for improved grip in the wet. Available in sizes 7 (small) to 10 (XL).
Digger Gauntlets 
£7.00
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Digger Gauntlets

Aventure Vertical Gauntlets Long cuffed (40cm), heavy duty PVC gauntlets for digging or prolonged SRT. Slightly short in the fingers, but great if they fit! Sizes S - XL, colour: yellow
Etche Wellies 
£30.00
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Etche Wellies

Rubber caving boots, unlined. They dry quickly (useful if you don't always wear wetsocks), have a new sole unit with excellent deep tread, and are very comfortable. There is no footplate or steel toecap, but protection is good especially across the toe box. They are a broad fit, and they can accommodate insoles (top tip!) so they're good for long trips and expedition work; anywhere that lots of walking or prussiking is anticipated. You shouldn't lose any toenails in these, even if you're in them for days on end. These are the French make that get mentioned in 'Alpine Caving Techniques' - not the cheapest, but among the best. Available in sizes 37 to 45 continental, so both small women and yetis should find a suitable size...If in doubt, it is worth trying them on; they are generally a large fit. WE CURRENTLY HAVE A FULL RANGE OF SIZES, BUT IT IS GENERALLY A GOOD IDEA TO TRY THESE BOOTS BEFORE BUYING.
Etche Canyon Boot 
£51.00
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Etche Canyon Boot

Originally for canyoning but also entirely suitable for caving, these are a rugged set of footwear built to the same specification as the boots, but with four lace holes, and a slit and reinforced achilles, with an overall height of just under eight inches. As with the boots, they have a very grippy tread. There is no footplate or steel toecap, but protection is good especially across the toe box. Walking boot insoles are a great aid to comfort in these, as in all caving boots (how many shoes do you have, now, without insoles?). The lace up ankle makes for greater support, and prevents grit entering easily (especially compared to cut-down wellies). They drain immediately and feel a lot lighter than full-size boots - an advantage in long aqueous trips, and also where there is a lot of SRT to do. (See the relevant section in 'Alpine Caving Techniques' for a fuller discussion of footwear for expedition use) As canyoning boots, these have received good feedback, and their relatively small...
Bestard Canyon Guide 
£147.00
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Bestard Canyon Guide

We have been testing these over a few months, and have talked to instructors who have used them for work, and we’ve taken the plunge! A very technical boot made for wet and rocky places, but it seems to have a similar performance to a B1 alpine boot. There is a lot of technical information available on the Bestard website, which we summarise here: Made in Spain Eight lace attachments (ladder climbers NB, the top attachments are hooks) Upper is rubber and treated H2O Microtech Cordura Sole is Vibram Best Idrogrip Drain holes and built-in gaiter Lightweight but reasonably protective (around 1.2kg for size 8) Rubber rand protects toe, but not a hard toe box. Comes with insoles, of course. Our opinion is that these are remarkably comfortable and definitely good for climbing. Their obvious place in the kit store of a *wealthy!* caver is for expeditions where foot comfort is vital - lots of walking, hot environments; also trips where good foot placements are most helpful - very narrow, or...



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