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Foul Weather Gear 102: Materials

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Waterproof/Breathable Fabric

Sailing foul weather gear manufacturers spend a lot of time and effort generating marketing jargon to describe their garments. This article is a brief introduction to the different types of materials used in constructing waterproof outerwear. It should give you a base knowledge that you can use to compare garments between manufacturers, without relying on their often vague and hyperbolic product descriptions. Continue reading

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Gear Test – Sperry SeaRacer GripX3 Sailing Shoes

I’ve had the chance to race in my Sperry SeaRacer GripX3 Sailing Shoes. I opted for the black/blue color, which is currently selling for just under $100 at West Marine. I find them more aesthetically appealing than most of Sperry’s technical sneakers. The fit is true to size, and free of Sperry’s habit of making their toe box a bit narrow for my feet. The upper is mostly a lightweight mesh, and the shoe uses regular laces. The insole is a textured rubber which is comfortable and grippy wet or dry. Continue reading

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Sailing Foul Weather Gear 101: Layering Basics

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Sailing Foul Weather Gear: Layering Basics

Layering is the time-proven method for tailoring your clothing to match your activity level and environment. It allows you to quickly adapt to changing conditions, ensuring maximum comfort at all times. Sailing on a clear, sunny day in San Diego is going to require very different gear than sailing in the Southern Ocean. This article will cover the basics of layering for sailing. In future articles, I will focus on each layer and give a more in-depth comparison of specific garments. Continue reading