Foul-weather Gear Must-haves

At the very least, foul-weather gear must be warm, dry, and comfortable. It also should be easy to adjust and fasten, which means zippers,...

Sailing Shoe Test Update: 2014

Sperry Shock Light 2The Sperry Shock Light 2 sneaker is a lightweight athletic shoe, weighing only 6.7 ounces. The bungee-cord closure system offers the...

Holiday Gifts Ideas for Sailors

Columbia Neck Gaiter: The Columbia Freezer Zero Neck Gaiter is a lightweight neck buff that offers UPF 50 sun protection and a cooling sensation...

Keep Your Lid On

Whats the best sailing hat? According to our reader survey, there are as many answers to that question as there are hats on the...

PS Tests Firstwatch Float Coats

Flotation CoatWhile it shares many similarities with the Bomber Jacket, the Flotation Coat also has some unique features. The most obvious is the coats...

Sailing Shorts Update

As a follow-up to our field test of padded sailing shorts reported on in the March 2012 issue, Practical Sailor recently tried out a...

PS Tests Padded Sailing Shorts

Photos by David Liscio 381 397 No matter whether aboard a racing dinghy or an ocean-romping supermaxi, repeatedly scooching across a nonskid deck or sitting for long...

Sailing Apparel: High-tech Sun Protection vs. Thrift Store Buys

Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the U.S., and its the No. 1 cancer in men older than 50. Take a glance...

Womens Sailing Shoe Test Update

Since we last tested womens sailing shoes in July 2007, dozens of new styles have been released. While we can't test all of them,...

Real Kids Sunglasses

Only a few sunglasses manufacturers featured in last summers test (July 2009) offer childrens sunglasses, and those shades are usually just scaled down versions...

Catalina 445: What You Should Know | Boat Review

Looking to buy a 40-50 foot sailboat? Considering a Catalina 445? See a Catalina 445 for sale? What are the pros and cons of...