Apparel + Accessories

Comfort at Sea and Ashore

by Adam Cort, Posted January 25, 2013
Featuring a waterproof breathable nylon shell with taped seams, a Primaloft insulating layer, reflective piping and an elastic waistband, the Challenger jacket is equally suitable for cruising, PHRF racing or a walk in the woods.

2012 Holiday Gift Guide

by Adam Cort, Posted December 4, 2012
Think your sailing sweetheart, your old man or your competitive kid has everything they need and more for getting out on the water? The editors at SAIL come to your rescue with practical, fun and stylish new items the helmsperson in your life won't be able to resist.

Life Jacket Straps

by Adam Cort, Posted November 21, 2012
Staying afloat is only part of the battle when you go overboard. It’s equally important to keep your head and mouth clear of waves and spray—which is where West Marine’s Universal Inflatable PFD thigh straps come in.
The third installment of our 2012 foul weather gear reviews brings you our favorite sportboat coastal foulies. Click here to view a PDF of the story from our November issue. And for more information on items that sparked our interest, read on.
The second installment of our 2012 foul weather gear reviews brings you our favorite racing and cruising coastal foulies. Click here to view a PDF of the story from our October issue. And for more information on items that sparked our interest, read on.
A look at the materials and design that go into bluewater foul-weather gear. Catch our September, October and November issue features on bluewater, coastal and dinghy foul-weather gear, and check back here for more information about our favorite picks and the materials they're made of.
For years West Marine has been offering its own line of branded foul-weather gear, and its Trysail jacket and bibs serve as an excellent example of what to look for in bluewater cruising gear.

Serious Floating Shades

by Adam Cort, Posted August 9, 2012
Stuff going over the side is one of the hazards of sailing, but these new “Floater” polarized photochromic shades from Australia’s Barz Optics will stay on the water’s surface, even in rough conditions.
Words fail us. We are awestruck in the presence of such sublime genius. An iPhone case that doubles as a bottle opener, the Opena does the best job of wedding two disparate products since that one guy got his chocolate mixed up in the other guy’s peanut butter.

The Ultimate Water Shorts

by Adam Cort, Posted July 12, 2012
It’s not often that a pair of shorts really grabs our attention, but these shorts from Liquid Flow did just that—and then some. Made from a super-soft, quick-dry micro-fiber material, they can be used as swim trunks in the afternoon and then worn out on the town at night.
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