Zhik Isotak X Extreme Foulweather Gear

Publish date:
Social count:

Developed in conjunction with the Chinese-flagged Dongfeng team in the current Volvo Ocean Race, Zhik’s new Isotak X foulweather smock features a number of features designed to keep sailors as warm and dry as possible in the “firehose” conditions for which that event is known, including robust neck seals in both the wrists and neck, and top-grade materials throughout. What really impressed us about this new bit of kit, however, was its zip on/zip off adaptive hood, which allows the entire “hood-collar” unit to be changed for the conditions: from a full-on “Hydrovision Hood” that includes a clear, rigid polycarbonate spray visor to a much lighter, oh-so-comfortable balaclava made of either neoprene or Zhik’s proprietary, lightweight water-shedding Avlare material. How many times have we all found ourselves trimming sail when there’s just enough water flying about to want some protection for our melon, but a conventional hood and the inevitably large, restrictive hood is just too much? Now you can downshift, as it were, by just undoing a couple of zippers. The Avlare balaclava looks especially convenient and comfy. According to Zhik, this feature will also be working its way down the line into its less extreme tops for we mere mortals. The sooner the better, we say. $NA. Zhik, zhik.com 

Back to 2018 Pittman Innovation Awards

February 2018



The ICW North Bound Migration Begins

As the northbound migration begins, we are getting some early reports on conditions along the ICW. The overall impression this spring is that after the damages caused by the hurricanes, the winter storms have apparently not made too many additional changes. There is even some ...read more


Charter: Historic Croatia

Heaps of history—that’s not usually what comes to mind when you plan a sailing charter, but if you like a bit of culture mixed with your cruising, Croatia is the place to go. Caught between two worlds, (the whitewashed laid back vibe of the Mediterranean and the brash demeanor of ...read more


Gear: Pan-Pan man-overboard Locator

There He Goes!The Pan-Pan man-overboard locator won a Pittman award for 2017 as a great idea, and now it is in production as the Weems & Plath CrewWatcher. It’s a two-part system that employs a smartphone app to locate a small personal beacon that triggers automatically should ...read more


SAIL 2018: Reader's Photographs

Are you out there sailing, cruising and living the sailing life? If so, we’d love to see it. Send your sailing photos to sailmail@sailmagazine.comAnd don’t forget to sign up for our free eNewsletter.Check back for updates!This was taken from half way across the 26 mile crossing ...read more

Landing Page Lead

The Volvo Returns to the Southern Ocean

Since the Volvo Ocean Race’s inception, the Southern Ocean has made it what it is. And no part of the race says “Southern Ocean” like Leg 7 from Auckland, New Zealand, to Itajaí, Brazil. The 7,600-mile leg, which starts this Sunday, is not only the longest of the event, but far ...read more


SAIL's Tip of the Week

Presented by Vetus-Maxwell.Got a tip? Send it to sailmail@sailmagazine.comTeak deck paradise  I had a call recently from the man who replaced the deck on my Mason 44 five years ago. He was worried about the way people are wrecking their teak decks trying to get the green off. ...read more