Apparel + Accessories

Life Jacket Straps

by Adam Cort, Posted November 21, 2012
Staying afloat is only part of the battle when you go overboard. It’s equally important to keep your head and mouth clear of waves and spray—which is where West Marine’s Universal Inflatable PFD thigh straps come in.

H2 Flow Jacket

by SAIL Editors, Posted February 17, 2014
Helly 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. 

Shady Threads

by Sail Staff, Posted May 15, 2008
By 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

Not for Navigation

by Sail Staff, Posted June 1, 2010
The 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

Eagle Eye

by Sail Staff, Posted November 18, 2008
Having 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

Lemon and Line Bracelets

by Meredith Laitos, Posted January 19, 2012
  From Newport, Rhode Island comes Lemon and Line, a new nautical-themed jewelry company specializing in fashionable and affordable bracelets crafted from genuine marine-grade line.  

2012 Holiday Gift Guide

by Adam Cort, Posted December 4, 2012
Think your sailing sweetheart, your old man or your competitive kid has everything they need and more for getting out on the water? The editors at SAIL come to your rescue with practical, fun and stylish new items the helmsperson in your life won't be able to resist.

Floating Sunglasses

by SAIL Editors, Posted February 17, 2014
Stuff going over the side is one of the hazards of sailing, but these new “Floater” polarized photochromic shades from Australia’s Barz Optics provide hope by staying at the surface, even in rougher conditions.

Puma Barrel Bag

by Sail Staff, Posted June 13, 2008
By David SchmidtFinding the right ocean-going seabag isn’t easy. Buy one that's too big, and you’ll fill it (to the annoyance of your skipper, who might send you packing to repack). Buy one that’s too small, and you’ll likely regret that too. Luckily, the new Barrel Bag, part of Puma’s sailing gear for its Volvo Ocean Race team, is

Gill OS2 Offshore Smock

by Adam Cort, Posted August 16, 2010
The Gill OS2 Smock features three-layer construction, which makes it easier to get the jacket on and off, and also more comfortable to wear.Intended for serious coastal and offshore sailing, the smock configuration offers the advantage over a regular jacket of having fewer openings for water to get through. This can be especially important when working on the foredeck or when out during
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