Gear Test – Sperry SeaRacer Sailing Boots

13501382S-BLACKAfter spending several days racing in Sperry’s SeaRacer sailing boots, I’m ready to give my opinion of them.
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May 13, 2014

Sailing Foul Weather Gear 103: Footwear

2276089423_320195feb4_oFootwear is a key component of your sailing foul weather gear, no matter what kind of sailing you intend to do. Sailing footwear’s primary function is to improve your grip on deck. It also serves to protect your feet from exposure to cold water, and the myriad toe-stubbing opportunities a sailboat provides.
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May 6, 2014

Sailing Foul Weather Gear 102: Waterproof 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 will give you a base knowledge that you can use to compare garments between manufacturers, without relying on their often vague and hyperbolic product descriptions.
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June 3, 2013

Gear Test – Sperry SeaRacer Sailing Shoes

I’ve had the chance to race in my Sperry SeaRacer 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.
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May 28, 2013

Sailing Foul Weather Gear 101: Layering Basics


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 foul weather gear. In future articles, I will focus on each layer and give a more in-depth comparison of specific garments.
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January 10, 2013