by Sail Staff, Posted April 15, 2008When I was a junior sailor, I scoffed at sun protection; now that rates of skin cancer have dramatically increased, I pay close attention. Sun Day Afternoons’s Adventure Hat offers great UV protection (the hat’s material carries a 50+ SPF rating) and, thanks to its generous, down-sloped bill, plenty of shade. What caught my eye was the hat’s long back veil, which keeps the sun off your neck. The
by Sail Staff, Posted May 3, 2010You may not be able to sail like Brazilian Olympic medalist Torben Grael or James Spithill, helmsman for recent Larry Ellison’s recent America’s Cup winner, but now you can look like them—at least a little. Fashion icon Prada recently unveiled a what it calls its “Intrepid” sunglasses—the same glasses BMW Oracle Racing configured with a heads-up display similar to that used aboard fighter jets,
by Sail Staff, Posted November 18, 2010When 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
by SAIL Editors, Posted February 17, 2014Helly Hansen is taking personal “temperature management” to a whole new level with its H2 Flow jacket, which can be worn as either a mid-layer or a stand-alone outer layer.
by Sail Staff, Posted May 15, 2008By David SchmidtAs a kid, I scoffed at sunscreen. Now I seek out intelligent sailing gear that comes loaded with an SPF rating (perhaps that’s the inner kid still hating to rub on the slippery stuff). Sunday Afternoon’s Sun Tee shirt perfectly fits this bill. Not only does it have an SPF 50 rating, but its soft, meshlike fabric feels cool on a hot day, and it dries super-fast, even
by Sail Staff, Posted June 1, 2010The new Not for Navigation line of canvas bags makes it possible for you to have the nautical chart of your choice custom silk-screened onto one of any number of bag types. All bags are made from natural cotton canvas, and more than a dozen different styles are available, including smaller messenger bags, totes, duffels, ditty bags and wine holders. Silk-screened pillows are also
by Sail Staff, Posted November 18, 2008Having the ability to clearly discern ripples in the water from afar, or to spot a menacing rock in a glare, are boons to the racer and cruiser alike. But combining stellar optics, great sun protection, and stylish good looks is what separates good glasses from the great. Kaenon Polarized’s line of sailing-orientated glasses fit into the later category, and are sure to be a hit with anyone on