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Old 13 January 2008, 06:09   #1
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Waterproofs - Any Recommendations?

I need to get 3 sets of waterproofs for the family (wife + kids 10 & 13).

Anyone have recommendations for 'reasonably' priced Jacket & Hi Trousers?

I don't think we will be running to Musto/Henri Lloyd full Goretex offshore kit but I've been thinking about the breathable Gill Coastal type stuff.

Needs to be suitable for PowerboatII in March!


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Old 13 January 2008, 07:45   #2
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Try ebay for Musto - I recently bought one of their Offshore sets, retailing around 600, for 90 - had had a couple of seasons use but you wouldn't know it.

For sheer quality, used Musto is still a lot better than a lot of its rivals when new!

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Old 13 January 2008, 08:02   #3
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Originally Posted by havener View Post
For sheer quality, used Musto is still a lot better than a lot of its rivals when new!
Other than HL.
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Old 13 January 2008, 08:06   #4
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Can't recommend XM T5000 Offshore suits highly enough. Quality kit. Fleece-lined collar, hi-trousers, reinforced (Cordura) on elbows and knees, reflective piping and strips, storm pockets, loops for life-jacket, fluorescent hood, breathable and waterproof. Comes in sizes (S) to (XXL), red or gold, for 150. See

You can always sell on, or pass on, 13 year-old to 10 year-old as they grow.
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Old 13 January 2008, 10:04   #5
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How warm do you need them to be? And how dry? (i.e. is this for a little bit of spray that a fairweather sailor might get or as an alternative to the dry suit, for all weather use?). If more the latter than the former - how about a flotation suit - you can get them for well under 100 and will keep you warm too (as well as the bouyancy properties) - e.g. was out yesterday in sub zero temps with mine and just ordinary clothes under it - and was more than warm enough. Mine is a 1 piece - but a 2 piece is probably more flexible.
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Old 13 January 2008, 10:18   #6
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I agree - picked my 2 piece suits up for about 60 each in a sale. They are incredibly warm - and will save your life if you fall in. Obviously a proper dry suit is the best option but with 2 growing kids this is a much cheaper way of doing it.

Kids suits for as little as 48!!!

Beware they are warm and they won't do you any good if you fall in the water and they aren't zipped up!!!

Most angling shops stock such suits - various makes out there - so you can pop in and try them for size.
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Old 13 January 2008, 11:51   #7
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Gill for me

I've found the Gill stuff to be good value in comparison with HL / Musto etc.

Breathable trousers are a must.

I usually wear high trousers and mostly get away with a waterproof fleece jacket. (Gill crew jacket).

Only when it's properly raining do I bother with the full monty sailing jacket.
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Old 13 January 2008, 12:19   #8
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I use coastal Gill suits with high trousers, had them for two years, great no problems. I also bought some Gill offshore with layers from Southampton Boat show- very good. I also have many sets of Helly Hansens for charter clients. Either off 'e' bay or try the retail designer outlets like Bicester where Helly suits are great and cheap if you dont mind last years or year before clours, Still brand new but 39 for coastal jackets which used to be 145 ish and high trousers the same.
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Old 13 January 2008, 13:18   #9
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Lund Waterproofs

A guy on e- bay sells full goretex lund suits, high trousers + jacket for 100-150.

My friend and I bought a set each and they have been excellent.

He does not always advertise, but a search for Lund will tell if he's on.
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Old 13 January 2008, 13:46   #10
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The Musto outlet at Bicester Village has currently got their coastal jackets at 50 down from 150 if you can get up that way.

Incidentally, if anyone is after a drysuit, they've got a Musto one design breathable drysuit in XXL for 120 down from 300! They may have other sizes if you call them, I only wish I needed a new drysuit so I could take advantage

A RIB is for life, not just for Christmas.
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