Personal Gear & Apparel

Looking Sharp

Nikon, West Marine top the field of binos under $300.

Nike Shows Its Salty Side In Base-layer Test

Helly Hansen, Musto and Victory Wetsuits also measure up in our fabric test

Plunge Water Shoe

Our last wholesale evaluation of boating shoes was published in the Oct. 15, '98 issue. More recently, we evaluated newcomers to the market in...


The Float-Tech PFD, which is offered in seven sizes, provides 27 lbs. of buoyancy, and its makers say that it's designed to turn...

Hevea Sea Boots

Far too long ago we got a package from Chris Bridge, a reader in Southern California, who sent us one seaboot that appeared to...

Rechargeable Spotlight Test

The Optronics QR 2001 comes out on top, followed by models from Brinkmann and LSI. And the Garrity is bright, lightweight option.

PS Advisor: 02/01/05

Eyeglass QuandaryDo you have any suggestions for sailing in the rain while wearing eyeglasses? I need my glasses for both distance and reading, so...

Kiwi Slides and Handle Holster

Kiwi SlidesNo matter how beautiful or well-made working sails are, their efficiency is greatly affected by the manner in which they are attached to...

Flashlight Death-Match

For good old fashioned reliability and brightness, we like Rayovac's Roughneck. Pelican's Super Sabrelite is a good choice for portability, and either of two LED models would make sense for your ditch bag.

Enter the Keen Shoe

In our ongoing quest to discover optimal personal gear, we think this California company is on to something with its hybrid sandal-shoe.