Apparel + Accessories

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,

Happy Feet

by Adam Cort, Posted November 23, 2010
Barefoot sailing on a hot day is the best. But you do so at your own peril, especially when racing. Enter the new Marine Sandal line from Colorado-based Chaco, featuring a nonmarking Vibram outsole that offers exceptional grip on wet, steeply canted decks. The Z/2 Marine Sandal includes a toe strap for extra stability, while the Z/1 (pictured) lets all ten toes wiggle at will. Although they may

Layer Away!

by Sail Staff, Posted November 18, 2010
When winter temps plummet, few materials are as warm as wool. The trouble, though, is that wool can be scratchy and even allergenic to some people. Arcteryx cures both of these issues with their Gothic Cardigan, which features non-itch Italian wool that’s been laminated onto a soft micro-fleece lining. The jacket sports a high collar (but no hood), making it an ideal layer to be worn under
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