A buzzz and a beer wrote:So I live in iowa and am planning on at least playing some during the winter. I have snowboarding gear that will work for everything, EXCEPT for my feet.
I need to know what type of footwear to use for walking through a foot of snow and still being warm and comfortable.
do most people buy special boots? or do people just wear their normal hiking type shoes that people wear for disc golf?
JR wrote:Mark, there is a problem using just sneakers with waterproof socks. Three if you count the shoes getting wet from the inside from the snow and losing durability and gaining smell. A shoe without any ankle support is dangerous to your health running in snow that is higher than the top of the shoe. If you're unlucky and the snow is hard where you should pivot but the shoe has dived into softer snow even lower snow is enough to twist the ankle. So for those with ankle injuries an ankle brace is a must for injury prevention. I'm not so sure if those fabric based braces are enough. It's one week from mildly twisting my ankle with a high top hard shoe that supported my ankle enough not to break running in 6" snow planting heel facing the target and the snow didn't give way. Ouch after a field driving session and normal life the ankle still hurts a bit. In the field training session i used sneakers for the first time ever in the snow now that i have Sealskinz. Ouch time all the way -luckily mild. I didn't have a brace with me and now i wish i did. I'm not sure if i can even fit the brace in the Sealkinz i have. I need to buy a larger one probably but i had troubles fitting into the shoe without a brace already so that may need to change as well grrr... And i have a heavy duty brace that is even larger and more restricting.
I need to test different warming setups and braces with Sealskinz liner or no liner combos in different temps to see what's what. I'm afraid i need to spend more money. There is a big but in that using a brace further limits mobility of the ankle reducing D. I imagine that is less than with a high top shoe though. Then there is the option of not planting so far away from the target and accepting that kind of D loss to protect the ankle. Unfortunately i did that last winter and i still had abruptly stopped pivots when the shoe hit ice and that twisted my ankle painfully. I have an almost broken in two tendon in the ankle so my pain indication is set on high sensitivity compared to healthy players. According to my doc i still need two years for pain free regular exercising and seven years to getting pain only from hard exercises. And a life time ban on heavy lifting. That's kinda ok because my previously busted arm already prohibits that and so does a back injury. Joy. So this comes from somebody who has walked miles bare footed in broken glass -give me my shoes back and walk the miles barefooted yourself if you want to ahem step in my shoes. I wouldn't recommend that. One stepped throws with little toe angle away from the target limiting D bad ain't what i call a solution. That's driving with one arm tied behind your back. You have to decide which gear works for you, what kinds of run up you take with how many steps and how far you are willing to plant the toes away from the target according your willingness to get winter time D at a risk to your health.
I need to test a lot and draw conclusions later once i get enough data. If that means getting new gear i need to retest and hopefully by then the gear ain't a limiting factor and allows me to gain enough security and D to play well in the winter and not prohibit me from playing at full tilt the coming summer -or ever. My doc said that this being my first tendon injury i may get to 70-80% of previous tendon strength and durability but damage it one more time and that's all she wrote. Then it's gonna be brittle, weak and break easily again and often a start to a vicious circle. No way i'm gonna be able to play my home course well after that with natural tees and being built around ski jumping hills. Too steep inclines for a busted ankle to climb. I like elevation changes in a DG course so i don't want to risk my enjoyment. All the best courses i've played except Disc Golf Terminalen have lots of altitude variation. It would be stupid to risk not being able to play on those nice courses.
cmlasley wrote:I'm in Waterloo, so I know the sort of snow we get around here. I can usually play fine and comfortable all winter in a pair of hiking boots with smartwool socks, and the exact gaiters that what'shisname posted.
For the February Tourist tourney, there are usually big puddles of icy water on the course, and I have to go to a heavier waterproof boot.
what'shisname wrote:I wear some lightweight winter boots that have a catch on the toe for Gaiters. I sometimes throw on some yak trax too, but I'm currently looking for a better option. My pair that I bought new last season has a couple weak spots in the rubber already.
It's easy to use the boot alone, with the gaiters and/or the yak trax and you have all your different winter conditions covered, still have all the mobility you need and my feet never get cold or wet.
This is the 3rd season for my Merrill's and they're still in great shape.
The Gaiters I use are like this but they have a quick clips instead of the buckles.
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