Apparel + Accessories

Vision Quest

by Sail Staff, Posted December 11, 2007
Looking for one pair of “go-to” shades that will serve you equally well on the water, at the club, or on the golf course? If so, Kaenon’s new Kabin model could be your answer. The glasses, made in Italy using injection-molded TR-90 plastic for durability and minimal weight, feature simple-yet-elegant styling. The Kabin’s ultra-grippy Variflex nose pads will hold the glasses

Weatherly Gear

by Sail Staff, Posted November 18, 2007
Foul weather often demands only a thin layer of protection, yet many sailing jackets are heavier and bulkier than needed for inshore racing or coastal cruising. The lightweight Atlantis Microburst shell is designed for use in light rain, wind, fog, and mist. It is available with or without a hood, has oversized pockets, an athletic cut, armpit zips for shedding excess heat, and is made from

Gul Code Zero Dry Suit

by Sail Staff, Posted October 31, 2007
Interested in frostbiting? If so, your extremities will thank you for investing in a new drysuit. Gul recently launched their new Code Zero with “action fit” cut, which strategically incorporates ergonomically-positioned stretch panels, giving the user better range of motion. The suit, which is made out of Gul’s proprietary GCX4 fabric is both breathable and waterproof, and features heat-taped

Soft Touch

by Sail Staff, Posted September 16, 2007
How many times have you found yourself sailing in a spitting rain that’s not wet enough to warrant an offshore jacket but is cold enough to require some protection? The Atlantis Grand Prix Softshell Jacket is made of stretchy, ripstop polyester with a weatherproofing membrane and a brushed polyester microfleece backing for comfort; it works well as both an outer layer for misty, light rain and an

Safe Haven

by Sail Staff, Posted July 10, 2007
It’s not easy to find the right sea bag. If it’s too big, you’ll inevitably fill it; if it’s too small for all your gear, you can look forward to cold, miserable night watches. Harken’s new Waterproof Duffel bag can hold everything you need for a multiday trip and is small enough to double as a daysailing tote. The fabric is polyurethane-impregnated nylon, the panels are welded, the seams are

Sun Duds

by Sail Staff, Posted July 10, 2007
Camet’s new Hobart Extreme Short and Code Zero shirt are purpose-built for sailors and thrive in wet, sunny environs. The shorts feature a gusseted crotch, a reinforced seat, an adjustable waist, and a UV rating of 40+. They weigh virtually nothing (Camet claims 9 ounces) and dry quickly. The shirt (your choice of long or short sleeves) is made from an airy-feeling meshlike material that quickly

Shiver Me Timbers

by Sail Staff, Posted April 10, 2007
It’s miserable to pull a frigid midnight watch shift during a stormy passage or an ocean race and not be prepared for the cold. To this end Patagonia recently introduced a new line of merino-wool base layers. These chlorine-free garments are soft against the skin (I hate scratchy wool), resist the growth of odor-causing bacteria, and are sold in different weights for different activities.

Sticky Weekends

by Sail Staff, Posted March 10, 2007
Choosing sailing footwear is game of compromises: don deck shoes and your dogs will howl in the heat; wear open-toed sandals and you risk a trip to the podiatrist if you “discover” any deck hardware. To this end, Timberland recently launched its new line of Mion sailing footwear. Featuring an ergomorphic footbed that molds to your foot, a sculpted superstructure that holds your foot firmly in

Automatic Airbags

by Sail Staff, Posted January 10, 2007
For years, inflatable PFDs have provided sailors with a comfortable way to stay safe without wearing bulky gear. But there are more than a few stories of unwanted deployments. And how would you pull the jacket’s back-up manual “inflate” tab if you were knocked unconscious while getting tossed in the drink? Mustang Survival’s new Auto Hydrostatic Inflatable Personal Flotation Device automatically

Tie One On

by Sail Staff, Posted December 9, 2005
Looking for a stocking-filler for Dad? We’ve long been fans of the natty nautically themed ties ($65) from Vineyard Vines. They’re pure silk, and there’s a huge range of them to choose from, including the Catboat and Anchor & Wave designs pictured here. Or you could go for the full ensemble—VV makes shirts, trousers, and jackets too. Vineyard Vines, 800-892-4982,
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