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PBO magazine puts ArdMoor's deck shoes to the test

Article Date: Posted in Buyers Guides, Footwear, Guides and News


Practical Boat Owner (PBO) magazine put a variety of deck shoes to the test in their latest edition, here’s how ArdMoor’s deckshoes fared…

The PBO team took to the water of Weymouth to put some of our deckshoes to the test in challenging conditions to gauge their performance on a wet, slippery deck. Twenty-two pairs were tested in total, including five of ArdMoor’s – two of which were crowned winners! 

Henri Lloyd Deck Grip Profile II

This deck shoe from Henri Lloyd has a sporty look, and promises to be comfortable with fantastic grip. How did it rate with the PBO team?

PBO feedback: ‘Amazingly sticky on the acrylic hatch fore and aft. Really, really good on the shiny side bits.’

PBO verdict: Lightweight trainer-style shoes with good grip and foot support. Quite snug sizing. Impressive performance, but the look of the shoe was not to everyone’s taste.

So, these would be ideal for those who favour a more modern, sporty-looking deck shoe with fantastic grip.

Gill Women’s Baltimore 2 Eye Deck shoe

Made from soft nubuck leather, the Gill Women’s Baltimore deck shoe is a classic moccasin design and offers water resistance and a non-marking, non-slip outsole.

PBO feedback: ‘The leather is incredibly soft. The fit is narrower and longer than the Clipper. The pliable sole gripped well on the shiny deck edges and bent around the deck eye, which wasn’t too uncomfortable. The stub test was fine due to longer length.’

PBO verdict: Comfortable, classy shoes. The grip felt less secure than their Quayside counterparts.

These ladies deck shoes would be ideal for women who are looking for a comfortable deck shoe with a reasonable amount of grip. 

Gill Auckland 3 Eye Deck Boots

The Gill Auckland 3 Eye Deck Boots have been constructed with hand sewn detail and offer an impact sole for ultimate comfort.

PBO feedback: ‘They’re comfortable. The boot’s up to the ankle but still has flexibility.’

PBO verdict: Mixed results in the grip test, but the testers liked the stylish design.

The Gill Auckland 3 Eye Deck Boot is the choice footwear for those who want a stylish sailing boot with maximum support and sufficient grip.



The award winners

Musto Dynamic Pro – PBO Best Grip

The Musto Dynamic Pro has been developed in partnership with Clarks and offers a water drainage system, comfortable tread and maximum wet surface grip.

PBO feedback: ‘These gripped superbly in all directions on every surface tested. The soft soles mould around the deck shape.’

PBO verdict: The best grip on the test; superb feel of the deck, comfort and anti-odour capabilities.

Awarded PBO Best Grip.


Ideal for summer sailing, the Musto Dynamic Pro is bound to be popular with those who need ultimate grip security in wet, slippery conditions.

Quayside Sydney Men’s Deck Shoes – PBO Best Budget Buy

The Quayside Sydney Shoe is a versatile shoe which offers a fully cushioned foot bed, nubuck oil finished leather and breathable mesh vents.

PBO feedback: ‘A pretty good grip on the forehatch. The pliable sole moulded around the deck eye and was not uncomfortable. The toe protection was also good due to the lip of the sole. The arch of the sole was handy for gripping to the shiny deck edge.’

PBO verdict: A good hybrid between a traditional deck shoe and sporty trainer styles.

Awarded PBO Best Budget Buy

These are the perfect deck shoe for those who want a traditional style deck shoe with the benefits of modern features, offered at a great price.


Visit our website to browse our full collection of deck shoes for men and women, and if you’re not sure which pair is best suited to your own needs and activity levels then please get in touch with a member of our team. 

Article Date: Posted in Buyers Guides, Footwear, Guides and News

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