Features October 2009 Issue

Sea-Boot Camp Tests Footwear for Traction, Comfort, and Quality

Practical Sailor searches for onboard footwear that keeps feet dry and functions efficiently.

As with most types of sailing gear, picking the right sea boot is dependant on the user and intended use. Caribbean cruisers have different needs than offshore voyagerís sailing in the high latitudes. Practical Sailorís tested the performance and comfort of 15 pairs of mid-calf, knee-high, and three-quarter sea boots from Aigle, Dubarry, Gill, Helly Hansen, Puma, Sperry, Ronstan, West Marine, and Musto. Although you donít necessarily need to spend several hundred dollars for decent boots, we did find that boots priced at $150 and higher fared much better in our tests.

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