Apparel + Accessories

Cool, Functional Footwear

by Adam Cort, Posted October 31, 2011
Pity the designer trying to come up with something truly “new” in sailing apparel. But with its Latitude 90 footwear line, Norway’s venerable Helly Hansen has come up with what looks like a winner. The shoes’ full-grain leather uppers and excellent “Storm Grip” rubber soles make them as functional offshore as on the dock. Available in both men’s and women’s sizes, the shoes come in either

Sea Creatures

by Adam Cort, Posted September 27, 2011
The toughest part of using a life jacket is making sure to put the thing on. This goes double for kids. There’d have to be something seriously wrong, though, with any kid who wouldn’t want to wear a life jacket like this. Opa Cove’s Sea Squirts line includes both U.S. Coast Guard certified life jackets and “swim assist” vests for youngsters still working on their dog paddle. The vests’ neoprene

Foulies for Coastal Sailors

by Adam Cort, Posted September 12, 2011
The Coast high-performance jacket from Gill is available in both men’s and women’s styles and offers excellent protection from the elements, whether you’re cruising or racing. Made from breathable 2-Dot fabric, the Coast Jacket comes with fully taped waterproof seams, a rollaway high-visibility hood with volume adjustment for improved fit and a high collar with faceguard for superior protection.

Super Cool Shoes

by Adam Cort, Posted August 23, 2011
These are definitely not your grandfather’s boat shoes. With a proprietary “water evacuation channeling” in the midsole, a hydrophobic textile lining and a “lace garage” to keep laces from catching cleats, the SPS Force 8 shoe includes the kind of technology previously found only aboard an America’s Cup boat. The result is a pair of incredibly comfortable shoes with traction on steeply canted

Night-Watch Cap

by Adam Cort, Posted August 23, 2011
For racers and cruisers who like wearing baseball caps offshore, the Sailors Night Vision Cap may be just the thing after the sun goes down. Each cap comes equipped with a pair of red LEDs and either three or four white LEDs, depending on the model, to provide hands-free illumination on the darkest night. In the words of our tester, Boston-area sailor Bill Jacobson: “I was trimming main (on an

Water-Repellent Fleece

by Adam Cort, Posted July 6, 2011
The new Zephyr Softshell jacket from Atlantis WeatherGear combines the warmth of a fleece midlayer with a “Sheerline” softshell laminate that repels water like an outer layer, offering the best of both worlds without a lot of bulk. When the spray or rain really starts to fly, just pull over a conventional shell, the same as you would with any other fleece jacket. The Zephyr is available in both

Kannad Marine Safelink R10

by Sail Staff, Posted May 6, 2011
The SafeLink R10 is a new type of man-overboard rescue beacon that communicates with all operating AIS systems, typically within a range of 4 nautical miles, according to the manufacturer. The unit is clipped to or permanently worn on a life jacket or inflatable PFD. Upon immersion a clip is pulled to release the antenna and activate the locator beacon. The device is also designed to be activated

Barz Optics

by Sail Staff, Posted May 2, 2011
Nearsighted? Farsighted? Would it be nice to have your reading glasses from time to time when looking at the chartplotter by the helm? In addition to its standard polarized sunglasses line, Barz Optics offers sunglasses and swim goggles that can accommodate a wide range of eye conditions, allowing sailors to see as well on deck as they do back on land—and look good doing it.The

Stress-free Shades

by Sail Staff, Posted April 5, 2011
Fancy shades are great until they break or go in the drink. With Ocean Racing’s new sunglasses line, though, you can have your cake and eat it too—cool specs that won’t cause a lot of drama when it’s time to say goodbye. Grilamid polymer frames with TPE padding at the nosepiece and temples ensure a comfortable fit. Optically precise polarized polymer lenses provide sharpened detail on the

Drymax Sport Socks

by Sail Staff, Posted April 5, 2011
Keep your toes toasty with these cold weather socks from Drymax Sport Socks. Although created for runners, the socks are perfect for when you’re standing watch in the wee hours of the morning or out sailing on a chilly afternoon. Better still, the socks wick away moisture so your feet stay dry as well—just the thing for sailing in early spring.$15, Drymax,
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