Personal Gear & Apparel

Foul Weather Gear: The New Suits Are Breathable, Dry, and Costly

In the early 1980s, W.L. Gore & Associates and Atlantis teamed up to create waterproof foul weather gear that was also breathable. They had...

Hobie, Nikon Our Picks Among High-End Seagoing Sunglasses

The importance of quality eyeware was publicly manifested by the Navy Air Corps in 1951 when it commissioned Bausch and Lomb to begin developing...

Optronics Blue Eye Shines Bright Among Handheld Spotlights

If youve ever powered down the Intracoastal Waterway at night in the rain or came into an inlet from the sea looking for channel...

Best Boat Shoes: Harken & Rockport

Anyone whos ever taken a spill jumping from a dock or launch onto the deck of a boat knows the value of good boat...

Top Flashlight: Dorcys The Boss

A flashlight on a boat is a necesity. Some owners we know carry drawers full of them. Seems you can't have too many. We...

LED Flashlights: Tektite Expedition Best Value

Most of us have had the annoying experience of the bulb failing in our flashlight, usually at a less than opportune moment. Even when...

Engel Portable Freezer vs. Norcold Tek II

The December 1996 issue contained a special section devoted to refrigeration. It dealt with icebox conversion kits (Adler-Barbour was best), thermoelectric coolers (Coleman was...

Ultimate Sailing Sandal

In hot weather, a lot of people like to go barefoot aboard, but there are risks, from slipping to stubbing your toes. As much...