Disc golfers, this one's for you. We've been getting an increase of disc golfers who putting Tuff Toe on their disc golf shoes to protect their shoes when they complete the follow through of a disc golf throw. Most of you have sent us questions about wanting to know how they should apply the material to their disc golf shoes.
We should state that you can apply Tuff Toe to your disc golfing shoes however you see fit. This instructional demo is a general guideline and you should look at your shoes and see your own wear patterns to determine where you really need the most protection for when you drag that toe in your disc golf shoes.
We are not using any special pair of shoes for this, we know a lot of disc golfers like Merrill’s, or Keens because of the rubber toe guard, and still like to use Tuff Toe because, depending on how much you play, you’re going to eventually wear through those Keens or Merrils and that’s fine, a normal pair of my shoes and walk through an application of Tuff Toe to a pair of normal running shoes that will be used for disc golf. Usually when we are throwing the disc or frisbee, we drag on the inside of our shoes, which likely is on the tip or on the inside of the shoe as well.
We're going to bring the Tuff Toe all the way around the side of the big toe area. You can have it however you want, you can cut it off here, you can have it on the reverse toe on this side. We're just right here, we're doing like we're doing all the way around.
You’ll notice that the majority of Tuff Toe applications are nearly identical, the difference only comes in the application area.
Included Materials for a Disc Golf Shoe Application
Your Tuff Toe package comes with everything you need for the application. We do have optional Tuff Gun applicator which makes it much easier to apply the Tuff Toe and gives you a much smoother factory like finish. Click here for the Tuff Gun Applicator, which is also available in the Tuff Toe Boots Combo Pack which saves you about $15.
So we have the sand paper and the constructions, cartridge, mixer tips that mix the materials together.
Step 1 is always to identify where you need the most protection.
A rule of thumb is to just want to keep the Tuff Toe material away from the disc golfing shoes flex points, which are any area where the material would reach from the big toe’s knuckle to the middle of the arch.
Most of what we've seen here for disc golfers, is that they need the protection to be up on the toes so know you're free to bring down on the edge of the shoe and even wrap it over the sole edge.
If you have new disc golfing shoes and you’re not sure where you’ll need the most protection, then you’ll need to either get your old disc golf shoes and see where your wear patterns are. If you don’t eve have old or used disc golfing shoes then go throw the disc for a bit and record yourself and see where you are dragging your disc golf shoes.
Step two is to stuff the toe area to create a good surface to apply the material to. To do this, we need to stuff the shoe with paper to make sure that it's as if the foot is in there so that would be nice. Pack it as much as you can so it's nice and solid.
Tape off application area.
So if we want to make clean straight lines then we would use a painter's or electrical tape so that it will come off very easy.
If you’d like to have the coverage area to not have a straight line, but to be curved, what you can do is to lay multiple pieces of tape down then use box cutters or a sharp knife to trim the tape to the area you’d like. You can do this to create whatever designs you want. I've seen guys with work boots, they just put red on there and make flames. Do whatever you want but for this instructional article we’re going to just going to do some simple application for the typical disc golf shoe drag protection.
Red White Blue Boot App
Step 4 Surface Prep. Once you’ve identified the area you need to protect your disc golf shoes from your toe drag, stuffed your disc golfing shoes, then we’re ready to prep the surface area.
The key to a good application is a good prep so we're going to spend about 5 minutes and really be aggressive with this step. How we recommend that you prep the surface is to do so aggressively but to cover the areas of the shoe that you don’t want to destroy, particularly the seams that you will not be covering with Tuff Toe. To do this, you’ll want to grab the seams of your shoe to protect the threads of the seams and also this is something to grab on to while you’re prepping your shoe.
Use the piece of sand paper included in your Tuff Toe package and you’ll just want to get a nice abrasive area which will help give the disc golf protection material a good surface to adhere or stick to. Even if you have brand new disc golfing shoes, you really need to be aggressive with the sandpaper and prep the area well.
Now we are ready for the fun part, the application.
How to assemble the Tuff Toe cartridge for applying the material to your Disc Golf Shoes for the ultimate toe drag protection.
It assembles together, kind of like a doctor's syringe. You have a wing plate here, the plunger, and your mixing tips. After you assemble the Tuff Toe with the wing plate, plunger and mixing tips you will do what is called “equalize the cartridge”. This means you will extract enough Tuff Toe material to ensure both the part A and part B are extracting equally and mixing properly in the mixing tip.
Equalizing the cartridge, what that means is we're going to take the tip off and we want side A and B coming out the tip at the same time. So, I'm going to take that tip off and dispense material so you can see one side is more full than the other, so we're getting all the pigment inside and now both are coming out.
So now we're going to do the exact same thing when I put the tip on and do that same thing. We're just going to dispense about one or two inch line of material, again you are ensuring that reaches the tip are the same.
To make the application easier on fingers and hands, you can buy Tuff Gun as well, it comes in a combo pack as well. So if you want to do to that it will make the application much more easy for yourself for this and future applications, I strongly suggest pick-up that gun.
The mixing tips that mix, as you can see the glues are there just want to mix all the glues around, so as you can see it's solid that means it's right.
So, I like to let this sit up for about 15 seconds or so. First quarter is a little more manageable because as is you know because the chemical reactions are already going on you can feel this getting a little bit warm so it helps to allow to gel at the beginning so you control the first shot of Tuff Toe on your disc golfing shoes.
Let that sit for about good 20 seconds and then start doing your disc golf shoe drag toe protection application.
Also to note if you want to tape along this bottom edge you can tape wherever you want you can do this however you want this is totally custom however you guys want. So, that--also if you want to keep that nose, that nozzle it in the material you want to keep that wet edge, if not you're ruining that area of the corner of that and I see some guys online that done that even some guys that we thought that they know what they're doing before they'd started into it they just took off and they just had a jumbled mess on the boots and it still going to work it's just going to look very weird.
So, want it to look good then just keep that wet edge, you want to keep that coming out nice, slow and steady. You have about a good minute or two before they really start setting up and becomes firm or somewhat firm and so some guys also kind of-- whipping it around it's going to cause some air bubbles. So, if that does happen, if air bubbles do start forming, slow down but also just kind of blow on it a little bit and get those air bubbles to dissipate.
We are about half way, it's looking good. Just going to allow the material to form back into it's self. So again so that helps to avoid those corner effects, blends back into itself and we'll just keep going. Going around the corner here.
Yeah, just stop moving around a little bit with a soft leveling effect with it. So we're just going to keeping that nozzle in there. I'm not caring too much for those sole so I'm going to take it off. As you see my soles are a little bit worn right here. That's a nice red color as I wear those shoes that's going to match pretty well with this red. And also to note we do have other colors you can see in the background here--tan, we've got blue, we've got black, we've got brown, we've got white which will yellow in the sun so even if the white looks cool but yellows quickly so, disclaimer--
So I just kind of control the flow by how fast I apply it, go all the way on to the tape. You see the time to make sure you've got-- have it where you want it. Now we want to get to taking the tape off but I can, you know, if you didn't like that you just wipe it away there make sure that we do bring it all the way down to the sole edge.
And like we said, we have a good a minute to 2 minutes before it really becomes to the point we're you don't want to start spreading around and will leave, it will stay how it is after that I'm just going to take with my finger there to wipe that off. So now it's about time we need to get the tape off so I'll let you do that.
Yeah. Alright. We remove this tape off here and how are they leave this tape out was just so--you know I'm trying to pull the ones that are be--the tape that's on the top there of first it's over lapping with the other pieces of tapes and then try to avoid stringing up the product. So, yeah, like you said you guys can apply however you want, you guys can just--your own little design fall on seams. Want to make sure you cover seams if possible and just be careful though when you're prepping that you don't rip off your seams and cost something that come undone but I like to cover my seams don't like to come over anything that's going to be flexible and if you're done just going to be--we're taking this guy up again self level and flow down evenly.
Just as a note, I just want to make sure that--that so we applied about 50-60 percent of material on there so we do get another extra tip in with your packaging so you can do another shoe or if you need it else where, you can apply it.
You will leave this on here this becomes the cap now. No need to put that cap back on this is going to cure in here. Might as well just leave it like that as the cap, and the next time you do it, you can remove it equalize the cartridge again before you apply the material again and you're good to go.
So that's a disc golf shoe, so you guys, I want to see anybody that does the application. If you guys can shoot us pictures of yours let us know how you do it. Maybe I'll pick up a disc golf and then I'll give these a shot.