Features September 2010 Issue

Women’s Sailing Shoe Test Update

Testers check out new the latest boat shoes from Helly Hansen, Harken, and Columbia.

Boat decks are mazes of toe-stubbing hardware and slippery surfaces, making foot protection a key component to a sailor’s kit. Over the years, Practical Sailor tested has tested boat shoes, sea boots, and sailing sandals. For this update, we focused on the latest women’s kicks from the top performers in past marine footwear tests: Helly Hansen, Harken, and Columbia Sportswear. The new shoes were the Helly Hydro Power 3, Helly Hydro Moc, and Columbia Outpost Hybrid. We also re-tested the top picks from the 2007 test, the Teva Sunkosi and Helly Hydro Power original, to see how they’re holding up after three years of on-deck duty.

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