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Dubarry Ultimate Boots Beware !

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Buyer beware ....

these are 400 dlr worth of boots from Dubarry.

Approx 5 years old , hardly worn. Stored correctly. After 3 years the soles became slippery. Last year they were basically worthless on the boat unless you were sitting in the back. Foredeck ? Forget about it.  This year the final straw. They are disintegrating .

Emailed the folks who are so proud of their 80 years of craftsmanship ... and they offered to repair for 145 dlr ( plus 30 dlr freight to the UK ) total 175

I think I pass .....

Those would be as expensive as Kim Kardashians red sole footwear

Thor

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Mine did the same, they were like ice skates,  but were older and not able to be re-soled.  Dubarry sold me a new pair at 1/2 price.  I bought them bcz the 1st pair lasted ~15yrs.  Was disappointed they couldn't be re-soled and they admitted the sole material hardened over time, but I do like them.

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On 11/10/2017 at 7:12 AM, DrewR said:

Mine did the same, they were like ice skates,  but were older and not able to be re-soled.  Dubarry sold me a new pair at 1/2 price.  I bought them bcz the 1st pair lasted ~15yrs.  Was disappointed they couldn't be re-soled and they admitted the sole material hardened over time, but I do like them.

I had mine for about 10 years, $400.  $40 a year for warm, dry feet!  One of the better investments I made.

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Purchased mine in the spring of 2010 and have put them through hard hard use since then. It became official this october: I pulled my right foot out and the sock was soaking wet - while the left side foot was bone dry. Guess they're starting to go. I went around with Dubarry this spring trying to see if they would resole them once the sole started to go and they refused to even try - or give me the discount that others in this thread have received. Since it seems to be a fabric issue, I'm going to look into the Gore-Tex warrantee and see if maybe there's something to be gained there. Otherwise it'll probably be another $400 of my money going to Dub because the Zhiks one make my feet sweat and the HPX ones wear out way too fast. 

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^^^ That's odd, I had no trouble at all.  One call to Dubarry US and picked up the 1/2 price pair at the Newport Boat Show in 2016, zero hassle from Dubarry.  The rep at the show said they had issues with the soles and here ya go...

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Update

after a couple more emails back and forth .... the Dubarry folks have promised to fix the boots at no charge. I will pay the freight which is fair .

lets hope they come back and will work on a boat again when fixed

I am happy now

Thor

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there are two issues with these boots...

on most models now, the soles are glued on, and eventually they separate

even if you can't see it.., they ( i think all of the models) rely on goretex fabric to be waterproof. eventually.., the goretex delaminates.., as it does in most goretex garments. once it delaminates, it leaks. 

i like zhik.., but their sea boots weigh a ton - really heavy! i fly a lot with my gear, and want it to be light.

i am thinking of buying the lizard boots to replace my dubarry's - they are really light

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Very happy with my Le Cham Neptunes..pretty agricultural but I you can't argue with warm and dry feet no matter what..

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I have had the same exact issue with 3 separate pairs of Dubarrys.  Currently I use $80 guy cotten fishing boots that I buy for frostbiting.  They have liners and work great.  I get 3 years out of a pair before they develop a fixable hole where the rubber creases from walking motion on the sides.  Heavier, definitely not as stylish, but they work just as well, cost a lot less, and their failure mode is completely understandable.  It's a little bit irritating that Dubarry continues to produce these soles when it's well documented that they basically disintegrate after a period of time.  That's not acceptable for $400+ boots.

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If you don’t mind ugly:

Chota Mukluks

 

 

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Is this just a problem with the Dubarry Sailing Boots?  I know someone who desperately wants a pair of their riding boots, but I don't want to spend that kind of coin to have them fall apart like that.

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Mine fell apart after 10+ years and I resoled them. I love my Dubarrys! Warm, comfortable and waterproof. I would love to find foul weather gear that lasted that long. 

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On 12/18/2017 at 8:00 PM, us7070 said:

there are two issues with these boots...

on most models now, the soles are glued on, and eventually they separate

even if you can't see it.., they ( i think all of the models) rely on goretex fabric to be waterproof. eventually.., the goretex delaminates.., as it does in most goretex garments. once it delaminates, it leaks. 

i like zhik.., but their sea boots weigh a ton - really heavy! i fly a lot with my gear, and want it to be light.

i am thinking of buying the lizard boots to replace my dubarry's - they are really light

Well, in the end Dubarry replaced my boots, so I don't need to buy new boots.

I don't know exactly, but I suspect that the reason mine got replaced was because the Gore Tex delaminated.

I think it is a bit of a lottery with sailing gear warranty coverage - within the same month as my Dubarry's were replaced, I also had a pair of Musto salopettes replaced, so I've been pretty lucky lately. I wasn't so lucky a year or so ago with a Henri Lloyd Ocean Jacket on which the Gore Tex delaminated - they  offered me a discount on a new one, that you can basically get any time.

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On 12/28/2017 at 6:04 PM, Raz'r said:

If you don’t mind ugly:

Chota Mukluks

 

+1 I'm still wearing mine I bought in 2010 and I do quite a bit of offshore sailing.  

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