To deliver the best new marine footwear on the market, you start by enlisting the expertise of the best sailors in the game. Thathow the designers at Sperry Top – Sider launched the development of GripX3: by assembling a team of world-class Olympic sailors.

Sailors and athletes told Sperry Top – Siderlead designer that grip, protection, and comfort were the primary concerns for selecting sailing footwear. They stressed a critical need to ”the boat to maximize the efficiency of every maneuver. Designers worked with athletes sailing different types of boats including Lasers, Finns, Stars, 470s, and 49ers. Each athlete valued grip, but Laser and Finn sailors also valued support and hiking comfort. Those riding the rails of 470s and 49ers wanted flexibility, lightweight construction, feel, and protection. After a year of exhaustive development in design and materials, and critical input from Team Sperry Top – Sider members, Sperry launched GripX3, which has three distinct components: Adaptive Wave Siping™, a tested tread design to get water from under the foot to reduce slippage on wet surfaces, Hydro Grip Rubber™, which is Sperrystickiest proprietary rubber compound yet, and Sperry Top – Deck 360™, an integrated rubber upper that allows for 360 – degree traction. These three key features, along with quick-drying, breathable upper materials and superior drainage make the new sailing collection Sperrylightest and best performing shoes ever.

Meet the Team

To support the international launch of GripX3 in 2012, Sperry Top – Sider assembled the best Olympic sailing athletes as the foundation of Team Sperry Top – Sider. The sailors, each brand ambassadors and product developers in many regards, come with high expectations of collecting Olympic medals while helping Sperry Top – Sider advance its industry – leading marine footwear.

With representation across all high – profile Olympic classes, Team Sperry Top – Sider is currently 35 international sailors strong and growing. Twenty-three Team Sperry Top – Sider sailors have qualified for the 2012 Olympic Sailing Regatta in Weymouth, England, in August, including Women470 standouts Saskia Clark and Hannah Mills, of England (top), American 49er sailors Erik Stork and Trevor Moore (far right) and Laser gold medalist Paul Goodison (right), of England. More team sailors will likely qualify for the Games following the U.S. WomenMatch Racing Olympic Trials in May.