Yachting Monthly - - GROUP TEST -

While many of these shoes let the wa­ter out, they also let the wa­ter in – walk though a slight pud­dle or stand on some moist moss while load­ing the car and if the drainage holes are on the bot­tom you’ll have wet feet. The good news is that you’re not squelch­ing, and once the wa­ter is warm you rarely no­tice it.

The Helly Hansen Sk­a­gen Race were the best as a trainer, how­ever they were also the most ex­pen­sive and there were other shoes that do the same job for less.

Helly Hansen’s San­ti­ago L2 was the best women’s shoe on test, although ladies on a bud­get could also opt for the Tri­bord Arin 500.

If you’re a man on a bud­get the men’s Tri­bord Arin 500 are worth in­ves­ti­gat­ing, how­ever, although only £30, the Gul shoes came close to tak­ing the over­all prize. They were only let down by their style and slightly bulky feel. Ei­ther of­fer good grip at a stag­ger­ingly friendly price. If you’re look­ing for a light­weight sum­mer shoe, which is what deck train­ers are about, then Musto’s Nau­tic Coast weighs very lit­tle and is very com­fort­able, es­pe­cially when the weather is hot or you’re sail­ing in warmer climes. The only down­side is that as the tem­per­a­ture drops the mesh won’t keep your feet warm

If you want a comfy deck trainer for year-round use that of­fers good grip and fine looks, al­beit with slightly less drainage, the Deck Grip Pro­file from Hen­ril­loyd is a good choice.

The team put the shoes through their paces

Our rig­or­ous drainage test sorted the wet from the dry

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