|Technical Sailing Gear
Below, you'll find everything needed to keep you and your team safe, comfortable, and happy on the water. We've laid everything out in a simple fashion, presenting the most popular options outfitting from head to toe for 3 different weather categories:
Warm Weather: When both the air and water temperatures are warm. Gear should offer enough protection to keep you dry despite rain or spray. Warm weather sailing is the most common type of sailing in the US.
*As a general rule, when either the air or water temperatures drop below 50 degrees, a dry suit or wet suit should be worn for adequate protection.
Cool Weather - Wet Suit: For the in-between temperatures, when a dry suit isn't necessary, but added warmth is necessary. Wet suits are made of neoprene and designed trap and warm water around the body. The trapped water acts as insulation to regulate body temperature. There are base and top layers that can be worn, too, that will increase warmth/comfort and ensure the longevity of the wet suit.
Cold Weather - Dry Suit:: A dry suit is the best defense against the elements when sailing in cold weather conditions. This full body suit is completely waterproof - only hands and head are exposed. A definite must for anyone sailing during the winter, late fall, or early spring. Like the wet suits, there are layers available to increase warmth and comfort. Wearing top layers will ensure the longevity of the dry suit.
Not sure where to start? We have you covered with in-depth descriptions of the gear you need and why you need it in the APS What to Wear Guide.