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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 […]

My Favorite Cold Weather Gear: Gore-Tex Socks

My Favorite Cold Weather Gear: Gore-Tex Socks | Expert Advice

Newsflash: it’s getting cold out. While winter doesn’t technically start until December 21st, Mother Nature held a dandy of a dress rehearsal last weekend. The temperature never broke 50° on Sunday and the wind gusts topped out over 30 knots. Now, I went to a public school, so I’ve never been really good with numbers, but I think that put the feel-like temperature somewhere around -79°. Yeah, yeah… call these guys: Anyways, Sunday’s are a busy day on the water […]