Tag : Winter Sailing

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How to Choose a Sailing Wetsuit

  We will show you how to choose a sailing wetsuit or combination of wetsuit tops and bottoms for sailing in warm, cool, cold, and frigid conditions. Make sure the suit is specifically designed for sailing Proper ‘second skin’ fit is the key to staying warm Water and air temperature will determine the thickness of the wetsuit Warmth on a budget is achievable. To pick out a proper wetsuit, it is important to understand what and how they work.  It […]

Wetsuits vs. Dry Suits for Sailing – Which is right for you?

Many sailors wonder if a dry suit or wetsuit is the best choice for winter sailing. We’ll compare and contrast to help you learn what’s best for the type of sailing you do. The question is not ‘which is better?’ it is ‘which is better for you?’ While wetsuits and dry suits both keep you safe and comfortable in the cold and frigid water; neither is ‘better,’ although they are certainly different.  One is better in some ways, and not as […]

How to Clean and Apply DWR to a Dry Suit

Seasonal cleaning and applying of DWR to your sailing dry suit will help keep it tip top shape for many seasons. What is DWR? DWR (Durable Water Repellent) is a treatment that is applied by manufacturers to the outer fabric of waterproof-breathable foul weather gear – jackets, trousers, dry suits, spray tops, etc. The DWR chemicals bond with the individual fibers in the threads of the fabric and prevent water from soaking into the threads and ‘wetting out’.  Instead, they […]

How to Trim Sailing Dry Suit Seals to Size

Types of Seals   Sailing dry suit seals are either natural latex rubber or neoprene.  Latex seals are thin, light, flexible and comfortable against the skin, but can be torn if used incorrectly.  Neoprene seals are made from the same material used to make wetsuits; and are generally 1/8” – 3/16” (3 – 5mm) thick, making them bulkier than latex seals.  They are smooth neoprene on the inside for sealing to the skin and faced with nylon on the outside […]

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How to Choose Cold Weather Sailing Gloves

Why Wear Cold Weather Sailing Gloves Cold weather sailing gloves have a rather unique mission — keep your hands warm while protecting them and gripping line like a regular sailing glove. And while each glove has strengths, none is perfect — creating a glove that is waterproof, warm, durable AND thin enough to retain dexterity is quite a feat. When choosing your cold weather sailing glove, it’s important to consider the type of boat you’ll be sailing, your position on […]

How to Choose a Cold Weather Sailing Hat

As a performance sailor, you probably already know that proper warm winter sailing hats are extremely important when conditions are chilly. At APS, we have a full selection of warm hats to keep you on the water all year long. If you’re looking for simple hat that will keep you warm, you’ll want a classic knit hat, generally referred to as a “beanie”. We have a good variety of beanies at APS because they are great for both on the water and off. Sailing […]