Chandlery February 2010 Issue

Columbia Mocs for Him . . .

Light and comfortable, Columbia Sea Rays stand up to every claim but one.

As we noted in our last look at menís athletic-style boating shoes (June 2007), the marine footwear market is changing quickly. This hasnít necessarily been good for the consumer, as a lot of poorly executed "copycat" shoes are turning up at boat shows. Last year was the first time Practical Sailor had the opportunity to take a hard look at any boat shoe from Columbia Sportswear, an Oregon-based apparel company that over the last 10 years has expanded into the boating market. Testers put a pair of the companyís PFG Sea Ray Boating Shoes through our battery of shoe tests (nonskid grip, water absorption, odor resistance, etc.) and then wore them around for six months. The ability to multi-task is one of the appeals of the moccasin style of boat shoe.

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