The Helly Hansen Hydropower 4 Shoe is popular for its versatility and comfort. An open cut design featuring an open-mesh body allows for a sailing shoe that is both breathable and flexible. A removable molded midsole gives the Hydropower 4 a quick-drying, antibacterial layer where it counts.
Created to be suitable for all watersports, this shoe is lightweight, draining and equipped with a no-slip grip sole.
- Flex Groove, Ultra Storm Grip Outsole
- Multi-directional grip system
- Antibacterial technology
- Molded EVA sock liner
- HellyWear protection
- TPU stability and protection frame
- QuickDry mesh
- Synthetic Mesh for support and breathability
- Dries soft
|Features||Breathable, Fast Dry|
|Recommended Use||Day Sailing, Dinghy Racing, Keelboat Racing|
|Material / Fabric||Synthetic Mesh, Clarino|
It’s well into spring, and another sailing season is kicking into high gear in Annapolis. That means it’s time to get back out on the water, figure out what gear you’ve lost, what’s no longer waterproof, and what else you need to replace. For me, a new pair of sailing shoes was at the top of my list. Having mostly worn dinghy boots for the majority of my sailing life, I was ready for a sportier, more all-purpose sneaker style shoe to fit with the keelboats I’ve been racing lately.
This year, APS is proud to be offering new sailing gear from Helly Hansen, and I was easily won over by the <a href="http://www.apsltd.com/helly-hansen-hydropower-4-womens-shoes.html">Hydropower 4 Women’s shoe</a> (<a href="http://www.apsltd.com/helly-hansen-hydropower-4-shoes.html">men's style</a> also available). I bought myself a pair the first day they were in stock, and I was excited to get out on the water and test them out. So far, they’ve served me well through an incredibly rainy NOODs regatta and a few Wednesday night races.
There are a couple features that make the Helly Hydropower stand out as an all-around great sport sailing shoe.
First and most importantly - the grip is really great. As I mentioned, I’ve been wearing these in some pretty slippery conditions over the last few weeks, and I have been very impressed by how stable and sticky they are. The non-marking soles are designed with a wavy siping pattern with additional raised texture on the higher gripping areas at the toes, ball, and heel of the foot. Whether jumping around in the J30 cockpit during a crash tack or standing on the deck while trimming kite, these sneaks kept me from slipping and sliding off the boat.
The other thing I love about this shoe is the design and style. I was looking for something low-profile and no fuss. Check and check. The whole shoe is super light; with a body that is constructed mostly of quick-dry mesh, the shoes dry out quickly and easily. As an added bonus to help the drying along, the mid-sole pulls all the way out, which also makes it easy to rinse them out after racing.
For comfort, the midsole provides about a half-inch of foot forming cushion. However, these cushions are super lightweight, so you may look to a sturdier sneaker style, like the Helly Hansen 5.5, if you require a lot of support. The laces have a draw-cord attached, which makes life easier knowing your shoes aren’t coming untied. This piece can be removed if you prefer to tie, but the laces are just a touch too short than I’m totally comfortable with to go this route.
So far, the Helly Hansen Hydropower 4 shoes have taken everything the Chesapeake Bay and I have thrown at them. They’ve paired well with my bare feet, performance socks, and even Gore-tex socks. They also boast antibacterial technology in the midsole to prevent odor, but that’s a review for the end of the season.
If you’re an active inshore keelboat racer, you should consider these shoes to