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Sailing Accessories: Hats and Sunglasses, An Opti-MUST Have Item

Hats and Sunglasses for Opti Sailors | Expert Advice

Sailing Accessories like Hats and Sunglasses are a MUST for sailors and Opti-MUST sailors alike With the summer season winding down and only a a few weeks left before schools are back in session we can be comforted by the thought that the regatta calendar is not completely done for the year. If you’re like me and happen to have made the mistake of enjoying summer time sailing without one of the most important Sailing Accessories (i.e. head wear) then you […]

Gear Review – Zhik Isotak Foul Weather Gear feature image

Zhik Isotak Foul Weather Gear | Expert Review

Breaking out of their dinghy-exclusive past, Zhik welcomes the future with Isotak, a new range of high tech buoy racing gear that can be converted to have what it takes while sailing offshore. While we’re really into the idea of versatile gear, this gear still has to make some compromises in features for round-the-buoys versus offshore. It comes in a jacket, smock, dry smock, and salopettes. The jacket comes with a like-colored hood, but both the jacket and smock have […]

Leather Deck Shoes

Leather Deck Shoes | Expert Advice

We’re almost done with our shoe videos!! This week’s addition to the our shoe video library, traditional leather deck shoes. Great for around town or on the boat, with non-marking soles, they can go just about anywhere. The main features you will find in all of our leather deck shoes are a casual look that emphasizes style while providing all day comfort, great durability, water-resistance and last but certainly not least, a non-marking sole. The non-marking sole is an integral […]

Women’s Gear Review: Life Jackets

How to Choose a Women’s PFD Life Jackets | Expert Advice

Something just for the ladies! Here at APS we know it’s hard to find gear that actually fits us women. So I’ve set out to look through our women’s gear and take a good look at it. We have three women specific life jackets, Bella by Astral, Abba by Astral and BetSEA by Stohlquist. All three have there good and bad features and here’s an in depth look. Abba: Available in two new colors for the 2010 season, the Abba […]

Safety Tethers

Wichard & Spinlock Safety Tethers | Expert Advice

Tethers are one of those things that you probably don”t think about until a couple days before you leave for that once a year offshore race. Depending on how far offshore it is maybe you decide you don”t really need it or maybe you run out and buy the cheapest one you can find. Any tether is better than no tether, but your tether is what keeps you on the boat and it”s worthy of spending a little extra time […]

Musto Jackets: Evolution Series Hands on Look

Musto Evolution Jacket Series | Expert Review

These products have been updated and are not longer available, but check out our other light jackets here. This year Musto Jackets have been vastly expanded with some new additions to their Evolution line of products. They’ve added to the shorts and pants offered last year to include a range of jackets as well as some lightweight technical shirts. Today we’re looking at the Evolution Lite Jacket, Evolution Softshell and Evolution Jacket (pictured left to right above). You can find […]

Hands On: Atlantis Grand Prix Jacket & Vest

Atlantis Grand Prix Jacket & Vest | Expert Review

These products are not longer available, but check out our other light jackets here. Atlantis is new for APS this year but I imagine many of you are familiar with their gear. They’re sort of a reboot of a foulie company from a decade or so ago and they’re back with a bunch of cool gear. They’re also the official US Sailing team gear providers. Today we’re taking a look at the Atlantis Grand Prix Softshells. The Grand Prix line […]

Harness vs. Bosun’s Chair

Harness vs. Bosun’s Chair | Expert Advice

In honor of today’s Hot New Item, the Harken Bosun’s Chair, we’re going to be delving into the advantages of a harness vs. a bosun’s chair. For some, this may seem elementary — but the best way to get up a rig is a popular question for the guys in Customer Service, so we put our heads together and made up a quick list for each. Bosun’s Chairs tend to get a bad rap; modern versions are incredibly safe now, […]