Columbia Sportswear Bahama Vent PFG Slip-On Boat Shoe
The Bahama Vent PFG Shoe from Columbia Sportswear is a suped-up version of a classic boat shoe with technological advancements that separate it from the "looks only" yachting loafers. While the Bahama provides wearers with that laid back look that is appropriate for any occasion, the shoe delivers performance wear designed suitable for boating and fishing activities. Columbia's vented shoes are a favorite among those participating in water sports due to their ability to drain water and allow airflow to the foot. Not only does water drainage help dry the shoe quicker, it also serves to provide more comfort and is healthier as stagnant pooling water in a sweaty shoe is a recipe for athletes foot.
Another major consideration when selecting footwear for boating is the traction it provides. Boat decks are inherently slippery, water on the deck of a boat is expected, so shoes worn on deck must have traction to provide security and stability. The Bahama Vent PFG uses a siping process - (Siping is a process of cutting thin slits across a rubber surface to improve traction in wet or icy conditions) - that increases the traction of the rubber outersole by allowing standing water to displace into the slits of the rubber as the wearer steps down on it. These shoes actually grip into the deck rather than just walking across it allowing wearers to be in complete control even in wet conditions. Another feature worth noting is the shoe's comfort largely derived by the Techlite midsole which provides a comfortable footbed with extra support in both the interior sole and the midsole. You're getting a lot of cushioning, but not necessarily squishy type of softness. Instead, Techlite absorbs the force of the wearer and distributes it properly through the foot for a higher energy return to the user and more ergonomic stability.
Looks aren't everything, but they are something, and the Columbia Bahama Vent PFG Slip-On Boat Shoe is pretty darn clean looking. It's got that casual look and feel that is equally suitable for a day on the boat as it is a trip to the market. Slip on wear means it's easy on and off - very comfortable in every sense of the word, but also very stable and forgiving on the wearer's feet.
We offer the Columbia Sportswear Bahama Vent PFG Slip-On Boat Shoe in five men's sizes: 8 - 12 in the navy blue color pictured.
- Upper: - Combination of canvas and leather
- Midsole: - Techlite™ lightweight midsole, superior cushion, high energy return
- Air-flow and water drainable midsole ports
- Outsole: - Omni-Grip™ non-marking wet grip outsole with razor siping
- Weight: size 9, ˝ pair = 7.8 oz/222 g