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Today’s PWC are amazing for the amount of fun you can have on one, and for the tremendous amount of horsepower and thrust the engines are producing. You can now slice across the water at unheard of speeds. One way to help retain positive control of the PWC is by wearing specialized footwear. Much like wearing MX boots while on a dirt bike, or rock climbing shoes when on the rock wall, PWC shoes help you grip and control the machine, which can make the difference between a fun ride and a disaster. Here are five of the best PWC shoes on the market today.
Jettribe GRB 2.0 Boot
The GRB 2.0 boots from Jettribe have an extra-grippy Gecko rubber sole that has 433 individual traction points. These points wrap around the bottoms of your feet to give you a secure ride on your PWC. They are perfect for an afternoon ride, or a heated race. Nine mesh flow-through panels let water drain and a high neoprene boot helps keep gravel and rocks out. The 2.0s have a front zippered entry with two Velcro straps to make for a custom fit. The soles are pre-curved for comfort, too. The boots run a half-size big to accommodate for neoprene water socks.
Jettribe Rec R-14
If you’re riding at a little more casual pace, but still want a little added grip and control, the Jettribe Rec R-14s are some of the best PWC shoes available. These slip-on water shoes from Jettribe are designed to have the comfort of a walking shoe, letting you run around the boat launch in comfort, but still have the added control from their Gecko sole with the 433 contact points to keep your feet where you want them to be on your PWC. A mesh upper drains water away and these shoes run a little big, so take that into account when ordering.
JetPilot Race Boot
These lace-up race boots from JetPilot offer a snug, secure fit with a highly aggressive tread on the contoured sole. The entire upper is made from durable mash to drain quickly and dry fast, helping make them more comfortable and secure feeling. The sole is well padded for comfort with a heel bumper to make taking them off a little easier, especially when wet.
While not specifically designed for PWC, the O’Neill Superfreak shoes work well for PWC use as well as any other water activity. The Fluid Foam outer sole wraps around your foot for added grip, while remaining comfortable for walking around. The upper is entirely mesh for draining and has a cinch cord around the ankle and a strap closure across the top to snug them down onto your foot.
For those of us looking for a simple, inexpensive water shoe to give us a little more traction for riding our PWCs, as well as adding a little protection for our feet when we’re not riding, the Putu Quick-Dri shoes are a hit. Available in 22 different color combinations and a full range of sizes, these spandex water shoes have a grippy, rubber sole and simply pull on and off for easy use. The shoes have drainage holes in the sole to get the water out quicker and the uppers dry quickly to keep your feet comfortable. Best of all, you can get them for less than $22 a pair! When you consider that price tag, adding the Putu Quick-Dri to our list of the best PWC shoes was a no-brainer.
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