Saturday, February 4, 2017

Body Glove Water Shoes & SUPs at Surf Expo

At the January Surf Expo held at the Orange County Convention Center  I had the chance to meet Matthew Ross the Director of Marketing for Footwear and ISUPs.  Matt gave me the run down on the Body Glove lineup of water shoes.

On display were the Body Glove 3T Barefoot Warrior and the Dynamo Rapid.  Both of these shows are moderately priced and can be purchased at your local surf shop or outdoor retailer.  You can buy these shoes now by visiting the Body Glove website.  Click HERE to see these shoes.  Also on display were the new Dynamo Swift. This new shoe has new added support that starts at the show quarter and crosses over the shoe vamp on both sides.
This gives the wearer support where the Dynamo Rapid does not. See photos below.  If you did not know the parts of a shoe, see the diagram below.   The Swift will be available in stores later in the year.

Body Glove had two SUPs on display in their booth.  The size and shape of these two SUPs were typical of SUPs being shown at this year's Surf Expo. What made them different was the fact that Body Glove has designed these boards so the fins cannot be removed.  The board fin design does not restrict the inflatable SUP from being deflated, rolled up and inserted in the carrying bag.  This is a great board feature because board surfers have at time lost their fins causing problems on the water.  Click HERE for the Body Glove SUPs
That can certainly ruin your day. If you have never been to Surf Expo I can tell you that Body Glove has one of the biggest display areas of any exhibitor. Their swim and wet suit exhibit areas dwarf most other brands exhibiting at the show.

One more thought from talking with Matthew Ross.  I asked him about their three toed barefoot shoes and the problems other barefoot shoe had in the past.  He told me that the Body Glove 3T Barefoot Warrior was a big seller because it was designed for water sports, not to wear while running where other brands ran into big trouble.

With the September Surf Expo only a short 7 months away, I cannot wait to see what Body Glove come up with for this show.  Until next time, be safe in the sun and have a great day in the great outdoors.

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