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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, […]

Hands On: Gill Compressor Vest

Gill Compressor Buoyancy Aid | Expert Review

NOTE: This product is no longer available.  Check out all of our other PFD choices here. The Gill Compressor Vest is a new buoyancy aid geared towards the high performance dinghy and sport boat market. The vest has minimal padding and is very thin throughout to maximize mobility in the boat. Unlike most life jackets the Compressor Vest is made primarily of neoprene and cut for a tight fit around the torso. The neoprene stretches to compress (hence the name) […]

Hands On: Ronstan Trapeze Harnesses

Ronstan Race & Sailing Trapeze Harness | Expert Review

Last week our Ronstan rep Ben sent us a few of the brand new trapeze harnesses Ronstan has just come out with. There are two models – the standard(above) and the race (below). They’re not ground breaking but these are well built harnesses at a pretty decent price. I tried both harnesses on here in the shop (we have a trap wire mounted to the rope rack). They’re both comfortable and both have a pretty standard spreader bar arrangement with […]

Choosing Sailing Hiking Pants |Expert Advice

The other day a friend of mine asked me about getting a pair of hikers for sailing his Thistle. We sell a number of different types of hikers and the price spread across the choices is fairly wide. “So which ones should I get?”, he wanted to know. It’s a pretty fair question I think. Hikers are something you don’t “have” to get but they sure make life a lot more comfortable on a lot of boats. There are a […]