Vaikobi has an extensive range of footwear for sailing and watersports enthusiasts, including high cut boots, low-cut boots, split toe surf boot and neoprene sock. We’re here with Vaikobi Product Designer Bart Milczarczyk who is talking us through the range, as well as the difference between their Speed-Grip boots range and the Speed-Grip FLEX boots range.The first to be released was the Speed-Grip range, which was designed to offer sailors and other water enthusiasts reliable grip, flexibility, and support where needed. These boots were created alongside professional athletes to give them a competitive edge on the water.
“This range has layers of rubber and woven fabric that create support and structure without adding bulk, which was exciting for the global performance sailing community.” explains Bart. “These boots offer a shoe-like feel, and the support is placed in key areas like the sole, ankle and upper. The result is a lightweight boot that is flexible where it needs to be but provides stability where it counts. The low-cut version is great for warmer conditions, while the high-cut version provides added protection and warmth.”
Recently released from Vaikobi is the Speed-Grip FLEX range of boots, which is Vaikobi’s lightest and most agile boot range yet. The two FLEX boots (high-cut and low-cut) are designed to provide a more barefoot-style feel and greater feedback from the watercraft surface. The high version of the Speed-Grip FLEX boot is excellent for colder weather because it traps water with an above-ankle gusset, and uses thick 5mm neoprene.
The Difference Between the Vaikobi Speed-Grip and Speed-Grip FLEX range of boots:The primary difference between the Speed-Grip and Speed-Grip FLEX boots is the level of support and structure they offer. The Speed-Grip range has more rubber and woven fabric to give the boot structure, while the Speed-Grip FLEX range is more flexible and agile. The Speed-Grip FLEX range is also thinner and lighter, giving the wearer greater feedback from the watercraft.
Bart explains “The Speed-Grip FLEX range has a slightly wider toe box and a more rounded front, making it a better option for those with wider feet. The boots are also more forgiving in terms of sizing, thanks to their stretchy and flexible nature.” The high and low versions of the Speed-Grip FLEX range both feature a nice, smooth, low-profile design, making them a great option for water enthusiasts who want something that is both functional and stylish.
Another key difference between the two ranges is the closure system. The Speed-Grip range features a zipper closure system, which is more user-friendly than a traditional lacing system. The zipper is made from plastic and fabric, so it doesn't stretch or rust, and it becomes a structural part of the boot itself. The FLEX range pulls up and over the food without a zipper.
In terms of the sole, both ranges feature a V or herringbone wave-style pattern. The treads are small enough not to get rocks stuck in between them, while the unique grip-rubber formula and tread pattern work together to provide excellent grip. The tread pattern is the same across both ranges, ensuring that wearers get the same level of grip regardless of which boot they choose.
To sum it all up, Vaikobi offers an excellent range of footwear for sailing and watersports enthusiasts, including the Speed-Grip and Speed-Grip FLEX ranges. Both ranges have their unique features and benefits, so it's essential to choose the right one based on your specific needs.
If you need more support and structure, the Speed-Grip range is an excellent option. If you prefer a more barefoot-style feel, greater flexibility, and agility, the Speed-Grip FLEX range is a great choice. Regardless of the boot model you choose, you can chill out knowing that you're getting a high-quality product that will help you perform your best on the water.