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Helly Hansen Aquapace 2 shoe

helly hansen aquapace 2
By Peter Tranter

The successor to the original and very successful Aquapace has several modifications that raises comfort and grip levels.

Rather than me describing the differences between the two, it is said that a picture tells a thousand words and therefore both versions one and two are shown below with the differences being quite obvious.


The new Aquapace 2 has less of a trainer look about it and consequently has an even lower profile than the original with a modular rubber outsole made from the usual HellyGrip rubber. The sole now feels a little more flexible than the original with no loss of grip.

The usual elastic laces provide some lateral support but most of the security comes from the elastic surround, which again has improved over the original.


Small profile and lightweight, they have a narrow look to them initially but a comfortable fit once on the foot. I asked for size 11 and they feel the perfect fit, with or without socks with the EVA midsole providing plenty of support.

Grip in watery conditions is more than adequate as long as the soles have something to adhere so super smooth surfaces are out. Their strength of courses is as a paddling shoe, where they are breathable and quick drying with a reasonable tight fit around the ankle to keep debris out.


A first-class watersports shoe that feels very much at home in and under the water.

Prices on average: £65.00; $85.00; €90.00

Available for both men and women.


  • Combination of synthetic and mesh for protection, comfort, and breathability
  • Breathable and quick-dry synthetic mesh
  • EVA midsole
  • Speed lacing system
  • StormGrip rubber outsole

helly hansen aquapace 2

About thepaddlerezine (654 Articles)
Editor of The Paddler magazine and Publisher of Stand Up Paddle Mag UK.

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