We all know what a pain ordinary sailing gloves can be. If they are too stiff or badly cut then the work the hand has to do to maintain grip quickly wears you out. If the palm is loose with lots of folds then your grip is compromised. However if they are too flexible then they invariably never last a season without failing, especially for those who spend the whole race on the mainsheet.
One glove that addresses all these aspects in spectacular fashion is the Gill Pro Sailing Glove. It is our favourite here at Four Winds Marine and for very good reasons.
When you first put the glove on the layers on the palm and finger pads and the clever use of lighter flexible fabric across the back of the palm and fingers means that resistance to your grip is dramatically reduced. Many styles of sailing gloves just don't go into this kind of detail. The palm only develops a single fold even on small lines.
Most sailing gloves seem to grip well in the shop but are found lacking once the spray starts flying. The Gill Pro Sailing Glove has an impressive feature something they call DuraGripTM and it extends all the way from the back of the knuckle of the first finger, across the palm, and around to the back of the glove again. This is one of the few materials that seems to grip just the same wet or dry translating of course into far less fatigue for the wearer.
Inside wrist velcro closure to prevent accidental starting of your race watch, precurved fingers with 'v' cuts at the second knuckle to improve flexibility, and tabs on the upper fingers so the glove can be removed without turning it inside out. These all point to real attention to detail.
You know immediately you put them on that they are well made but it is only after your second or third season can you really see the difference then do yourself a favour and pay little extra. You won't be disappointed.
We are running a Winter Special on these gloves. They were $62.00 but now are $53.00 with only $5.00 postage anywhere in Australia.
The what-ifs are always part of any decent yachtman's mindset and one of the biggest, particularly for those sailing single handed on high sided boats, is the thought of not being able to climb back on board after a tumble. Well the folks at Lalizas have thought it through and come up with a neat little safety ladder that should bring a little piece of mind.
This product is designed to provide instant safety on board and can be placed on the rails of every boat. The safety ladder Safe Up features a pull-handle which can be grabbed and pulled by the person who fell overboard. When the handle is pulled a ladder unfolds instantly and can held the overboard person to climb easily and safely back on board.
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