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Columbia Powerdrain Water Shoe

Columbia Sportswear showed off its creative muscles last year when it introduced the Men’s Drainmaker. The unique, wildly-colored  water shoe gained followers quickly from boating, kayaking and wade fishing circles.

For 2012, Columbia ups the ante.

The beefed-up version of the original Drainmaker shoe is called the Powerdrain. It offers great fit and support for fishermen on their feet all day. On the boat deck, in the water, or partially submerged in your kayak’s cockpit, this shoe handles water efficiently. The “amphibious” Powerdrain utilizes a fully drainable design, similar to last year’s Drainmaker. Gone are the shoelaces, and instead is a quick-pull bungee cord on the upper portion of the shoe and side welds for a tight feel.

Columbia’s 3-layer system allows water and air to move easily through the shoe for quick-dry, barefoot comfort. An Omni-Grip wet-grip rubber sole keeps traction on most slick surfaces. Weight is about 8.7 ounces for a size 9 1/2. A number of colors are available including Intense Red, Black and Asphalt, Laser Lemon. Expect to pay about $95. For more, visit the Columbia Sportswear website.

  • Haas

    Love these shoes!! Great for offshore pounding,awesome grip on the deck that will stop you on a dime. Gives you great balance.

  • Ken Taylor

    Great shoe and a beefier version of the popular Drainmaker. The toe area is a lot more reinforced but the shoe is still lightweight, drains well, and has the bungee drawstring instead of laces. I've had a pair for 3 weeks (Black with Silver) and really like them even better than the Drainmaker. Shoe looks good and you can wear it like a casual shoe for a quick bite to eat after a long day of serious fishing!

  • JcanRacer

    These shoes are great. I got the water-sock version which does not have laces or the bungee chord, and its easy to slip into and slip off when you need to empty the sand out after beach launching your kayak. All day comfort right there.