Kit Focus – Merrell Choprock Sieve Water Sports Shoes

Merrell Choprock Sieve Water Sports Shoes
The Merrell Choprock Sieve shoes are designed for aqua hiking, but I have discovered they are also the perfect footwear choice for sea kayaking and sailing adventures. After a week exploring the South Coast of the UK on various kinds of craft, these outdoor trainers have become my firm favourite footwear choice for paddling and yachting expeditions.

Forget sweaty wetsuit boots for kayaking or old-school leather deck shoes for sailing; the Merrell Choprock Sieve shoes allow your feet to breathe, while keeping you firmly planted to the boat's deck or when rock-hopping out of your kayak.

The uppers are made from a water-friendly synthetic webbing and mesh, which does not absorb moisture like neoprene or leather. The 'sieve' sandal-like design and Hydramorph™ mid-sole then allow water to escape from the shoe and allow air to ventilate throughout the footbed and uppers to dry your feet within.

Your feet are held securely within the Choprock shoes by the webbing strap design and elasticated lacing; working in tandem with the Hydralock™ moulded TPU heal counter and removable contoured EVA insole and mid-sole to supply a stable and supportive platform wherever you stand.

Even on a heeled yacht, or when jumping around on rocks, the Merrell Choprock gives you a solid footing—far more so in fact than any 'deck-shoe' that I have previously used. This grip comes from the Vibram® Megagrip® sole, with its 5 mm aggressive tread pattern; thankfully, this is also non-marking—so it is perfect for use on the decks of sailing boats.

Most deck shoes and wetsuit boots are unsupportive, sweaty, and take forever to dry out. The Merrell Choprock Sieve shoes allow water to flow through them quite literally; as well as letting air flow ventilate your feet. They do this, in addition to supplying a stable and supportive footbed, and an exceptional level of grip.

Whether you are jumping in and out of a kayak or running around on the deck of a heeled yacht, these are an ideal choice of footwear.


Merrell Choprock Sieve Water Sports Shoes

Merrell Choprock Sieve Water Sports Shoes

Merrell provided The Expedition Journals with a pair of shoes for test and review

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