Zhik has announced that its new Seaboot 700, on show on the Plastimo stand 05.24 at METS, has won the DAME Design Award Personal Equipment category. The awards are judged under a rigorous process by a mixed panels of experts from the marine and broader industries
The new Seaboot 700 is extremely lightweight and flexible, giving the agility, feel and comfort of a modern trainer around the deck. In total contrast to traditional sailing boots, the Seaboots weigh just 500g per boot and will withstand full-on offshore conditions whilst being light and supple for coastal cruising or racing.
Partnership with Michelin® for outstanding grip
What makes these boots so different is that Zhik collaborated with tyre experts Michelin® in the creation of a bespoke mid and outer sole design. Inspired by technologies in motor racing and wet weather, a special rubber formula has been created providing outstanding grip and manoeuvrability across different deck types, whether dry or awash.
Inside, a specially formulated cushioned and supportive mid-sole ensures the boots remain secure and stable on your foot, yet are very flexible enabling easy kneeling and rapid movement around the boat. The midsole offers excellent thermal insulation from cold decks and icy waves and a Ortholite inner sole adds extra cushioning and arch support.
Tested by the best
During the design development process, the boots were endurance tested by a line up of top sailors including six times Round the World Yachtswoman, Dee Caffari, James Harayda and Yoann Richomme in their build up to the Vendee Globe Race and Figaro sailor Alan Roberts.
Breathable eVent® fabric technology
Fully waterproof and breathable too, Zhik have built on their partnership with eVent® using its direct diffusion and protective footwear technology. Inside the boots the eVprotective breathable membrane enables moisture vapour to escape through the waterproof outer which is constructed from a long-lasting, durable rip-stop fabric.
Route du Rhum winner, Yoann Richomme was testing the boots in the extreme range of conditions of the 2023 Fastnet Race and said: “For our enclosed IMOCA it’s a perfect fit between a shoe and really heavy boot. They breathe quite nicely, it was hot and I wore cotton socks inside for 2 days to try and see if I could sweat, they handled it very well.”
Easy to pull on rapidly with custom fit
As well as providing excellent waterproof protection the Seaboot 700 has been engineered to give a supportive fit and be easy to pull on and off in a hurry. The ultra-fast lace system, together with multiple pull-on loops, means you can quickly pull the boots on. The fit is adjusted with one hand to secure the boots over your mid-layers or loosen them off for milder conditions.
External stretch gaiters, with a strong 6mm anti-corrosion zip, are then secured over waterproof salopettes to protect from water ingress and improve aerodynamics at the base of your leg. An elastic hem at the top of the boots also prevents water flushing in from above, which is useful when working on deck in shorts.
James Harayda adds, “They were really dry, very comfortable, and held up to some pretty unforgiving use. For me, the biggest improvement was the ease at which I can put on and take off the boot and how comfortable they were while on. Overall, I’m a fan of them and will be sure to have them onboard for the TJV at the end of the year!”
Available in Sizes UK 5.5 – 12.5
GBP £ 399.95