Rigid Inflatable Boats : RIBS and Inflatables
[product review]
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Dubarry Racer Shoes
By: Kevin Goulding
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Dubarry of Ireland


Dubarry Racer Deck Shoes

Dubarry's Latest
Racer Deck Shoe


Hot Shoes for Kool Feet!
From time to time sample products come across my desk for review. Some products are just not worth their salt and find their way to some use or another. A call from Dubarry's PR company to ask if I would be interested in trying out their latest 2007 season trainer shoes in both the punishing environment of RIBing and on my feet (they must have heard something along the grapevine) was easily accepted.

I've always viewed Dubarry footwear from afar, far away from my pocket, as they hold a premier position in the marine footwear market place and at premium prices. So for a long time now I've made do with 'sticky' soled wellingtons and clumpy deck shoes. You may be able to imagine my first thoughts when they duly arrived and were clearly marked 'Made in China'!

Fit or Fashion?
Dubarry's marketing promotes this new season deck shoe as a ... "fashionable, sturdy trainer style deck shoe offering any sailor the flexibility to wear on or off the water". I prefer fit and comfort as I have unusual feet (doesn't everyone) with quite a high instep and broad fitting. You can't image my elation when the trainer accommodated my footwidth and instep in a standard shoe size. The level of comfort was really quite remarkable and my feet also appreciated the lightweight midsole to increase the shock absorbency. It felt like walking on air.

Fashion (as if I need it!) in reality comes second to fit and comfort in my book. I wore these deck shoes all day and everyday when boating (and often when not) this spring and during our very wet early summer. They are a dream to wear, extremely light on the feet and very sure footed. My feet also appreciated the circulating air underfoot which wicked away any moisture and I know my companions certainly appreciated the odour prevention lining.

Value for Money?
If I had not had the opportunity I would never have believed that by paying a little extra it would have resulted in such a remarkable level of comfort and sure footed safety when onboard. Forget the 'Made in China' label, Dubarry have found a supplier who have matched their technical specification and produced a remarkable piece of footwear. The retail price of £70 on these deck shoes reflect the high quality of these genuine top performance marine trainers. A very good buy.

The Racer is made from high quality, water resistant Dry Fast - Dry Soft™ breathable nubuck leather with a hard wearing mesh material on the outside of the shoe for longevity. The Racer’s technical features include a Non Slip – Non Marking™ rubber protective toe guard, and a Non Slip – Non Marking™ durable rubber outsole. A lightweight EVA midsole ensures unparalleled underfoot comfort and shock absorbency, making it the ideal lightweight durable deck shoe for active sailors.

In addition an odour prevention lining, and full-length removable, washable, cushioned insole ensures that the Racer is low maintenance footwear to care for. The Racer comes in stone, camel and ice and the rubberised logo and branded lace tips give the Racer its distinctive Dubarry appearance. It is available in European sizes 40-48.

For more information please contact Dubarry of Ireland, Ballinasloe, County Galway, Ireland, info@dubarry.com Tel 00 353 90 9642348 and Fax 00 353 90 9643147 or visit the web site at www.dubarry.com

July 2007

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