Getting to Grips With The Best Sailing Boots
Sailors endure perilous conditions out at sea: icy decks made extra slippery, thanks to rain and spray, gale force winds and the constant, naturally shifting movement of the boat. Up until recently, sailors were happy to wear trainers on-deck, as well as waterproof rubber and neoprene boots. But with trainers being slippery on wet surfaces and prone to raising a stench over time, and cumbersome rubber boots compromising freedom of movement, Musto’s designers weren’t convinced.
Through constant innovation, feedback from professional sailors and gruelling testing processes, they’ve created a groundbreaking, high-performance sailing footwear collection that offers the best technical pieces on the market.
Gore-Tex Sailing Boots
Musto’s Head of Design for Footwear & Accessories, Chris McGrath takes pride in the proven performance and comfort of the Ocean Racer Boot. “When you try these boots on, you’ll feel how we’ve changed the face of sailing footwear,” he comments. “Wearing them doesn’t make you feel like a robot on the boat. They enable you to move freely without compromising support, and they’re really flexible and light. They’re easy to pull on and off, and you can adjust the fit with minimal fuss for tailored comfort. It sets the bar for what it means to be light on your feet and responsive to your environment.”
Lightweight functionality: A resilient polyamide and CORDURA® upper supplies durable protection without the weight. A supportive Phylon midsole also dramatically reduces the boot’s mass. This makes it the ultimate choice for offshore sailors.
Made to go further: A GORE-TEX® membrane provides superior waterproof protection that’s also highly breathable. This means your feet won’t overheat when you’re active.
Steady on your feet: Outstanding lateral stability and grip are delivered through Musto’s very own GripDeck outsole.
Gore-Tex leather sailing boots
GORE-TEX® and leather have always been a dynamic combination at sea. Chris McGrath comments, “In a synthetic shoe, having a GORE-TEX® liner can reduce the membrane’s breathability – only slightly, but the effects of this is proportional to the amount of time the sailor spends at sea. That’s why we’ve combined the membrane with premium salt-, stain- and water-resistant leathers that ensure optimal breathability on-deck. Incredible performance aside, they’re pretty easy on the eye too”.
Breathe protected: A GORE-TEX® membrane provides superior waterproof protection that’s also highly breathable to keep your feet comfortably dry.
Steady on deck: Musto’s GripDeck rubber has been combined with its GripFlex tread for exceptional stability on wet decks.
Looking good: Premium grade salt-, stain- and water-resistant leather retains the boot’s sense of style and quality by withstanding the stressors of the sea.
Rubber Sailing Boots
Chris McGrath champions this boot’s performance in the toughest conditions. ‘Volvo Ocean Racers really loved this boot. Its robust natural rubber construction allows it to take the brunt of life at sea, like a true professional, while a 3mm neoprene lining stops your feet getting soaked. This, in turn, reduces odour and skin irritation while maximising comfort. In short, it’s been made to stand tall against the waves’.
Tested by the best: Designed, developed and tested by Volvo Ocean Race Sailors in the Southern Ocean. This means unrivalled performance that has the unique stamp of approval of some of the best sailors on the planet.
Superior waterproofing: The highest possible content of natural rubber has been used to ensure complete waterproof protection without compromising the comfort of the boot.
Gripping stuff: The outsole compound delivers superb grip and traction as well as repelling the cold from the deck of the boat. These will endure the toughest ocean adventure.
Easy on the nose: As every dedicated sailor knows, controlling odour can be an issue when it comes to footwear. Developed on real-world feedback provided by athletes, these boots use Musto’s impressive XPL drainage technology to keep your feet drier on deck, which means less odour-causing bacteria accumulating on the footbed.
Resilient, sturdy and grippy, rubber sailing boots remain a popular choice on the boat. ‘We’ve chosen a classically robust rubber construction for this boot, to meet the requirements of sailors who like to feel fully protected,’ Chris McGrath explains. ‘But we’ve also combined its timeless form with some key modern updates. An EVA footbed and midsole, for example, ensures incredible impact protection that protects your feet when your boat is travelling at high speed’.
Keeping in with tradition: For sailors who prefer a classic construction with the benefits of modern design, the Ocean Boot features a rubber construction enhanced by Musto-owned technical features.
Softening the blow: Because life on the boat can be unforgiving on the feet, these boats feature an EVA footbed and midsole for outstanding shock-absorption.