Gumboots are the ultimate wet weather companion. An essential piece of any rainwear outfit, gumboots enable you to slosh through the water while your feet stay toasty and dry.
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Why choose gumboots?
If you're spending any amount of time outdoors, gumboots are an essential piece of kit for protecting your feet from the elements. Campers love them because they're easy to slip on and off when going in and out of the tent or caravan and are also easy to clean. Gumboots are also great for fishing and will keep your feet warm and dry on those cold early morning trips. They're even super handy for gardening and enable you to get good and muddy without having to hose your feet down before you go back in the house.
If you can remember how much fun it is splashing in puddles when you're young, you'll know that kids' gumboots are perfect for those rainy days. Let them burn off some energy without tracking mud back inside.
What to look for when buying gumboots?
There are several factors to consider when buying gumboots to determine which boots are best for your intended uses and budget. Let's take a look at what to consider.
Material: Good gumboot rubber is flexible enough to move with you to prevent discomfort and resist splitting.
Weight: Weight is an important consideration as heavier gumboots will be harder to move around in. It's also worth remembering that when they get caked with mud (as they surely will) they'll get even heavier.
Sole: As you'll be using the gumboots on wet surfaces, make sure you look for non-slip soles with plenty of tread. It's also a good idea to look for gumboots with reasonably thick soles to protect your feet from any sharp objects.
Insulation: Insulated gumboots are great in cold climates. However, if you're living in a more temperate climate, insulation probably isn't a necessity - although thin linings of material such as cotton can provide some extra comfort without heating up the boots too much.
Fit: Gumboots should fit comfortably around the foot and ankle, while providing room for movement higher on the leg. Make sure there's enough room to tuck pants into the top of the boot to prevent wet pants!
Find the Right Gumboots at Anaconda
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