Personal Gear & Apparel

LED Lights: Low-Power, Long Life

Light Emitting Diodes have been around for a long time now. They first appeared as dim red displays on things like calculators and early...

Marine Watches

Water resistance is essential in a nautical watch. Each of the watches comes with a manufacturer's claim, either a depth or number of atmospheres...

Seaboots Under $100

Choosing the right sea boot is a bit like picking a spouse. It gets personal, and if you don't get it right you can...

Cold-Weather Gloves

For sailors, gloves can serve two purposes—keeping the hands from getting chewed up, and keeping the hands warm. Usually in the summer, or in...

Brinkmann, LSI, Optronics Shine Bright in Spotlight Test

If you've ever tried to locate a channel marker on a dark night, or to read the number on an unlit buoy in the...

The State of Our Soles

We've been wearing two styles of Body Glove deck shoes for about three months-the Bowline, which is a sneaker-type deck shoe, and the Whitewater,...

Boat Bags: Watershed, SealLine Dominate; West a Best Buy

Sack duffels: The West Marine Explorer Dry Bag is our Best Buy, simply because for $19 it will hold the most gear and keep...

Personal Rescue Lights: Less Than Brilliant

If theres a lesson to be learned about personal rescue lights -the kind you have strapped or pinned to your PFD for when...

Sunglasses: MJ Commanders Lead Way; Serengetis a Best Buy

For most people, sunglasses are all about style. For sailors, however, they play a critical safety role in personal health as well as the...

Offshore Log: Seeing in the Dark

Two of the most important tools on our night passages through the Java Sea and South China Sea were our Fujinon FMTR-SX binoculars and...