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Old Sunday 28th April 2019, 12:36   #1
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best wellies for birding?

Might seem an odd question, But I've never owned wellies 'since I grew up', and I'm heading to Papua new Guinea and believe they are essential.
Are there such things as 'decent' wellies, and if so has anyone any recommendations? Ideally I don't want to have to wear thick wellie socks in that enviro if I can help it.
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Old Sunday 28th April 2019, 12:42   #2
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There is some great waterproof footwear on the market but I would point out the weight of a decent pair will impinge on your luggage allowance. Have you thought about just purchasing a cheap pair when you're out there and perhaps leaving them behind of one of the locals?

If not possible, look at something like a Muckboot.

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Old Sunday 28th April 2019, 17:57   #3
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There are lots of decent wellies. Have a look here

I have some Chameau ones with vibram soles that are every bit as comfy as walking boots. But beware many posh wellies are designed for European winter use and are neoprene lined. They would be very sweaty in the tropics.
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Travelling with wellington boots in your luggage does indeed take up significant space and weight. I think what the right choice for you is depends on a number of factors:

- How picky are you when it comes to the shoes you walk in?

- Are you likely to find a pair that will fit you wherever you're going? (And bear in mind that in parts of the world (South America, Asia) the idea of a `large size' may be quite different from what you're used to, and that also includes calf size.)

If you are not too fussy and your size requirements aren't unusual for wherever you're going you could go with the `buy local' option, and maybe just bring a set of insoles. (Certainly I find walking on a flat footbed painful.)
Prices are likely to be low in many parts of the world.

If you are more demanding, or if you're worried about size issues, then I would second the recommendations already given: Worry about getting too hot. A format such as Muckboots (which have a stellar reputation) might allow you to fold over the shaft of the boot when you're not going into deeper water, and that may well help with temperature regulation. I used a wellie following a similar concept in the Amazon and it was definitely more comfortable than other wellies I'd used in the past, in particular the `cheap local' option.

I would also recommend making sure you try out the boots while you're still home, and that you experiment with insoles.

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You could try NEOS overshoes, which can work more-or-less as well as wellies and are more comfortable for walking in. They also pack down much smaller than wellies:

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Old Tuesday 30th April 2019, 23:50   #6
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thanks everyone for your suggestions. Am definitely going to get some insoles, that's a great tip. Looks like the muckboot form is the way to go.
Has anyone had any experience with the jungle boot format, as am wondering if this might be a solution given the heat and humidity?
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We have to be careful as birders, with footwear. I go for boots that will help with long walks, but many are very inappropriate for birding. We are unique, in that we don't just go for long walks along the footpaths. We tend to wade through brambles and go off the track slightly (within reason obviously), nip through barbed wire fences, crawl around if taking photos, etc. All of which could destroy a very good pair of walking boots.

Similarly, I suspect a pair of wellies could be totally written off on a day on one of my local birding walks!

I had "gaiters", which were kevlar and pretty much converted walking boots into knee-high wellies, and protected them from all conditions, except water sadly.
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