Sailing Hikers Comparison. Reviewing Rooster/ Sandiline/ Magic Marine & More

In this article, we compare dinghy sailing hikers from the top brands including Magic Marine, Gul, Gill, Sandiline & Rooster.
This article was originally a video on the Online Sail Coach YouTube Channel. Watch the video below:
Video Transcript:
“So what makes a good set of hikers so
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hikers contrary to many people’s beliefs
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aren’t just to
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make it more comfortable when you’re
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sitting out
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but they also raise your bun out of the
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water which gives you
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a significant speed advantage
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so you actually want as long as pads as
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you can sail with
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but obviously you don’t want too long
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because
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that can get uncomfortable especially if
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you’re not used to
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having long pads
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so comfort wise you want to be looking
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at good knee pads for when
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you’re kneeling down and also when
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you’re
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crouching down you want this material
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here
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not to bunch up and feel uncomfortable
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you also want some good uh less stretchy
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neoprene here to give you a bit more
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back support
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you want your hikers to last a long time
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you want them to be affordable
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and you want them to be easy to set up
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so
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i found with the hikers which don’t have
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the sewn in pads
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you have to buy separate pads and put
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them in
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i found that can be quite awkward
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getting them in the right place
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and maybe someone’s master way of doing
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it
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but it took me quite a while
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so let’s start with the sandy lines
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these are the most expensive
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of any i’ve got here and they certainly
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are very comfortable they come highly
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recommended one of the fin sailors on
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the british owning team recommended
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them and i believe a lot of the finn
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sailors use them
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um they use i think six different types
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of neoprene
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on them including a thin type here so
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when you bend your leg
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uh it doesn’t all bunch up and it feels
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really comfortable
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as if you’re not wearing anything at all
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my one
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gripe is his knee pads it feels like a
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plaster
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on here and someone’s not ripping it off
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but they’re just slowly pulling at it
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whenever you bend the knee
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so i guess that’s because it’s quite a
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grippy material on the inside
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and it’s just uh gripping onto my hairs
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whenever they move
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so that’s something to be mindful of
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although
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of all the people i talked to none of
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them mentioned that what they did
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mention is that the sizing is something
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to look out for
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and at least one person mentioned to me
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that
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they they came up a bit thin a bit
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smaller than he expected
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and someone else mentioned they came up
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a bit too big
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personally i think these music comes
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comfortably sized for me but
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um i wouldn’t like them any filler they
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are on the tight side
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another thing to mention is the pads are
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sewn in you have to worry about fitting
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pads in yourself and getting that right
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and
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the other side to that is if you want to
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go with
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longer pads and these aren’t the longest
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we’re probably shorter than any here
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um you’re going to have to buy new
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hikers so that’s something to consider
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so are they worth the price tag no
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they are very comfortable accepting
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these but they’re not
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so comfortable to justify their price
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tag so let me go and get changed
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and i’ll get on the pair of the goal
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hikers
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so these are the goal hikers so what i
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like about these is they got a long
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pad and you don’t have to put it in it’s
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already sewn in here
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and it’s personal preference but i like
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having the longer pads
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they haven’t got so much um knee padding
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but i don’t find that a problem and i’ll
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do a fair amount of kneeling
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when i bend my leg i don’t find it gets
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uncomfortable under the knee
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i can bend it as far as i want to and
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it’s fine
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so my only gripe with these is a big
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hole in the back and no
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i’m not going to turn around and show
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you
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so these are the roosters before i say
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anything i probably
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should uh say that these are about 10
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years old
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wrestler had these before my goal hikers
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and they may have come on a lot since
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then but i thought it worth including
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them
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as it was i actually got rid of them
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because like the goal
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hikers they got a hole above the hiking
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pads
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but they’re still pretty functional and
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i would argue that’s one of the
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advantages of brewster they seem to last
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a long time
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the padding on the knee is nothing
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special but it will probably
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uh do a fine job i didn’t have too many
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problems with it
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overall they’re pretty comfortable and
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i’d say pretty fairly priced
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so these are the magic marines i find
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these are the
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nicest when i bend my knee i don’t feel
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it’s like a plaster trying to
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be pulled gently off uh it’s
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just more comfortable less sticky this
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material around here
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the other side of that is actually below
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me it’s slightly
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less comfortable and that’s probably
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because of these long hiking pads i put
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in
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so unlike the others before the hiking
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pads and views
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are removable so i uh because i like
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long
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pads i bought the longest out there and
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tried to put them in
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what is a i think a small size hiker so
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that might have been a problem on my
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part
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these took ages to get somewhat close to
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comfortable and they were either too far
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forward and i put them back and
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they were too far back but eventually i
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seem to have
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got there although there is still it
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does slightly dig in a little bit when i
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bend all the way
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but i quite like this i probably
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downsize on the pad potentially
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i have heard from others but they don’t
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last so long as
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other brands but i quite like them
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all right so these are the girls they’ve
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got quite a bit of wear on the knee here
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a few scratches here and some wear here
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fair enough they are not the newest but
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uh i would probably expect them to last
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a bit longer than this and i think
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some of these rips get any worse you
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might want to get rid of them
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so these have got pads that you put in
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yourself
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there you can choose for length which is
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nice but
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much like the magic marines you saw
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before
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it can be quite awkward to fit them in
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when you bend the knee it’s very
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comfortable
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under and on top as well
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they’re very like the magic marines and
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perhaps
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that’s a bad sign for the magic marines
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um
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because these have not aged particularly
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well perhaps imaginable
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as well either but for comfort i quite
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like them
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so those are all the tradition like as i
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got to show you today
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but i thought it was worth including
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some
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other alternatives so these are some
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magic marine
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strap on hiking shorts so say you don’t
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want to
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have a full set of hikers you just want
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to have
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something to wear over your dry suit in
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the winter
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or in the summer over your wetsuit you
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just
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wrap these rounds here that buckle goes
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in
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and then these straps just strap around
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here
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i found them okay i wouldn’t say that
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anything amazing but they’re probably
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quite a cheap way of doing it and they
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work quite well in the winter when you
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might want to be
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wearing a dry suit so next up we’ve got
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the magic marine
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pro pads these go under the wetsuit
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and do up like so you can get these
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pretty tight
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and but i still found they slipped
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around and was just
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weren’t comfortable enough maybe i got
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uh ones which were too long
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for my legs some people seem to get on
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very well with them
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but they just weren’t for me
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so after all that you’re probably
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wondering what i went for
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i decided to stick with the gulls
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to spike the big hole in the bottom
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and to disguise that hole
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i got myself some rooster
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deck protector shorts which seem
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expensive for a pair of shorts but
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in the long run they’re probably going
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to save you quite a bit of money on new
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hikers
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and not only can they disguise a hole in
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in this case
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but they can any future hikers i buy
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they can hopefully prevent that hole
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from developing
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in the first place so
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i like the goals because they got the
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long pads but if you’re not too bothered
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about the pad length
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then the roosters are probably the best
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value
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and sandy lines are great if you got the
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money to spend
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so that concludes the video if you found
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you’ve got any questions
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leave a comment for me below and i’ll
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try to answer it
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until next time happy

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