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87 / 100 based on 2 expert reviews
Great for wet conditions, comfortable, good support, breathable mesh upper, dries quickly, good value, easy lacing, good traction, stable, lightweight
In terms of cost, the RYKA Hydro Sport is not the cheapest water shoe. However, when you consider the increased performance, durability and comfort, you definitely get value for money.
- Ryka is one of the many companies that offer shoes made especially for water activities, but what makes its offering appealing is that the shoes have enough cushioning for various events. The Hydro Sport features drainage ports and a breathable upper, both of which facilitates in its quick-dry characteristics. It allows people to swiftly transition between wet and dry activities without having to change footwear.
- The shoe uses round laces secured by a toggle to prevent knots from becoming undone. It has a webbing midfoot cage that provides lateral support.
- This model uses the compression molded ethylene-vinyl acetate (CMEVA) foam midsole. It protects the foot by absorbing the shock of each step. The outsole is made from sticky rubber which grips wet surfaces. The opening of the drainage ports can be seen in the outsole.
All training shoes from Ryka only come in women’s sizes. The Hydro Sport is true to size and comes in B – Medium width profile. The stretchy upper provides a foot-conforming fir while the webbed lacing system delivers a snug fit to the midfoot, factors that should be considered when purchasing a pair. Consumers are advised to try the shoe in person to determine a secure and comfortable fit.
A sticky rubber makes up the outsole of the Hydro Sport. This type of compound does not lose traction even on wet surfaces. It is also durable, resilient and flexible, which allows it to adapt to foot movements during activities. The openings of the drainage ports are visible in the outsole. The drainage ports allow water to come out of the shoe, but they also serve as entry points for water and debris.
The midsole of the Hydro Sport is made from CMEVA, a type of foam that is lightweight, durable and provides shock absorption to the underfoot. It is designed to funnel water out of the shoe utilizing the drainage ports. These ports connect to the outsole to ensure that no water is left trapped inside.
The Nitracel insole serves as a barrier that prevents debris from getting inside the footwear via the drainage ports. It draws moisture away from the foot to keep it dry and comfortable. It also serves as an additional layer that attenuates the force of impact with each step.
A mesh material makes up the upper of the Ryka Hydro Sport. It is lightweight, breathable, quick-drying, and not easily damaged by chlorinated water.
Synthetic overlays reinforce the toe box and the heel section, areas that are subject to impact or scuffing during training in or out of the water.
The tongue and collar are both padded. These sections not only ensure comfort, but they also lock the foot down during the activities.
The closure system features rounded laces that are secured with toggles. The toggles tighten and loosen the laces, and they keep the foot secure if the knotted laces become untied. Strips of sturdy fabric adorn the lateral and the medial sides of the midfoot. This cage-like system integrates with the laces so when they are tightened, the web-like structure becomes taut and pulls the side panels closer to the foot. This design enhances the lateral support of the upper.