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Old 18 February 2012, 07:10   #1
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What clothing do you use when out on the RIB? Not talking about one of those drysuit vs jacket/leggings discussions, I have spent far too many hours in a drysuit on RIBs
What I am interested in is peoples views on a jacket to wear on a normal moderate day in the Solent, but which is good for a trip to the Channel Islands. Got the Musto MPX stuff, but in my view it is not particularly tailored to what we do, in particular I find the high collar a pain at 40+ knots. If there is something out there with matching trousers, so much the better.
What I think I need is a fairly close fitting jacket, not bothered about a hood (if it is that bad the gecko will be perched there) but which has a good degree of waterproofness and is breathable. In my view the material should be moderately heavyweight, to minimise flapping etc at speed.
What do you use?
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Old 18 February 2012, 07:26   #2
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Hoodie, shorts and flip flops. If the weather turns crap, my oldish HL offshore goes on by the layer.

HL or Musto shore or coastal gear would do as a less OTT option.

BTW, Bedajim and I were comparing the latest Musto and HL offerings at the boatshow last month. The HL Explorer range wipes the floor with Musto MPX. Musto have added a lame stripe to a 10yo jacket design for 2012. HL have started from scratch with the 2012 Explorer and it shows, 'ansome job.
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Got to agree with Molly that the new HL jacket seems very well thought out but it is rather expensive. For a cheaper option I would have a look at some of the newer floatation suits from Imax/Fladen etc.
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.... the new HL jacket seems very well thought out but it is rather expensive.
True, but the same money as the lazy offering from Musto.
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True, but the same money as the lazy offering from Musto.

I especially like the design hood on the HL to help peripheral vision. I'm surprised no-one has came up with this idea before.
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Depending on what we are doing /temp etc we use Drysuits, Offshore jackets, Coastal jackets etc. but I really like cag tops (like you use for kayaking) with neoprene cuffs, waist and neck seals worn over a pair of salopettes, with appropriate undersuit /thermals, they are easy to move about in, waterpoof /windproof, take up very little stowage space, and with the seals done up will give you some protection for water change /heat loss if overboard... http://www.yachtsandyachting.com/pho...spherecag1.jpg
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I am thinking of buy a set from
http://www.protak.com/NewFiles/TRDesign1.html

they do large sizes and also do MTM.

anybody had any dealings?

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