Apparel + Accessories

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

Musto Ocean Boots

by Sail Staff, Posted March 18, 2008
By Peter NielsenThese full-height boots have a waterproof, breathable Gore-Tex lining, leather outers on the foot part, and a tough woven nylon outer covering on the upperworks. Uniquely among seaboots, they also have built-in gaiters – stretchy waterproof nylon sleeves into which your pants can be tucked, thereby minimizing the chance of a shot of icy water up your leg. I

Bamboozled: Harken's Eco pants

by Sail Staff, Posted March 10, 2010
Looking for a pair of sailing pants spiffy enough to wear to the club after you step off your boat? Meet Harken’s new quick-drying Ballistic Eco pants, made from an environmentally friendly blend of bamboo, nylon and Spandex. The pants are available in four colors, and feature a reinforced seat, articulated and reinforced knees, a gusseted crotch, anti-microbial properties,

New Cat on the Block

by Sail Staff, Posted November 18, 2008
If you follow high-end ocean racing, you’ve heard about Puma’s debut entry in the Volvo Ocean Race, but what you may not know is that Puma went the full mile, designing and building all of the team’s gear, which is available to the general public. The Cruising Jacket, built from two-layer Gore-Tex will keep you dry when things get snotty. The jacket features a high collar and packable hood, and

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
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.

Zhik duffel bag

by SAIL Editors, Posted February 17, 2014
With this latest duffel bag from Zhik, those long walks to and from the boat won’t feel half so strenuous.

Helly Hansen’s Hydropower 4 Deck Shoes

by SAIL Editors, Posted August 5, 2014
The latest version of Helly Hansen’s Hydropower 4 deck shoes for women includes open-mesh, breathable uppers and a structural overlay to protect

Sun Day Afternoons’s Adventure Hat

by Sail Staff, Posted April 15, 2008
When 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

Prada Style - Nuff Said!

by Sail Staff, Posted May 3, 2010
You 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,
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