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 men's and women’s sizes. The latter is cut a little narrower around the waist and wider in the hips, for a more comfortable fit. Wrist enclosures keep your forearms snug, while a zip-up collar helps protect your neck. A handy chest pocket allows you to keep small items, like a knife or sunblock close at hand. For more on the Zephyr Softshell jacket, visit www.atlantisweathergear.com.
Ask Sail: Are Self-trackers Worth It?
Q: I’m seeing more and more self-tacking jibs out on the water (and in the pages of SAIL) these days. I can’t help thinking these boats are all hopelessly underpowered, especially off the wind, when compared to boats with even slightly overlapping headsails. But I could be ...read more