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Old 22 August 2010, 19:11   #1
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Wet weather gear

After getting totally soaked this outing, decided it is time to get wet weather gear before the weather gets any wetter or colder.

Question is What does most ribbers use?

I am looking for keeping dry from both spray and rain. And as we are getting nearer the winter something for warmth or room for extra layers.

Size can be an issue, as with a few of us on this forum,waist size is not in direct relation to height! (read 'Who ate all the pies' or drunk all the beer LOL)

Also whilst asking questions what does every one else use to keep spary out of eyes?

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Old 22 August 2010, 21:20   #2
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Most of the time I wear a Fladen one piece suit. With a light fleece under it and the hood up, a decent pair of gloves on, wellies with warm woolly socks and a Save Phace mask available from RIBnet, this can and has kept me toasty warm even in air temps a couple of degrees above freezing, and the wind chill sitting at 30kt for a while is pretty high

Downside is that it's so well insulated you'll cook inside a Fladen when doing any exercise or when the air temp gets much above about 10-15 deg C - I usually launch and then put the suit on after I have been out for a few minutes and I don't usually bother with the Phace unless it's raining - near freezing rain hurts.

If it's reasonably warm, I just wear a decent waterproof jacket and a lightweight pair of oilskin trousers (the sort you can roll up into something about the size of your fist to stuff in a rucksack) over wellies which keeps you fairly dry when there are dolphins jumping in front of the boat and helpfully showering you with seawater about every 30 seconds.
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Old 23 August 2010, 04:15   #3
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Bought myself a set of these, seem good quality so far.

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/NAVIS-HG2-OFFS...othing_LE&var=
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i would swear by marinepool flotation suits these are the dogs bollocks
dry suits?!?!?!
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Old 23 August 2010, 05:41   #5
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Bought myself a set of these, seem good quality so far.

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/NAVIS-HG2-OFFS...othing_LE&var=
None of that Henri Lloyd or Musto crap for you eh Kerns. Every expense spared.

What do you use them for? Grass cutting?
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None of that Henri Lloyd or Musto crap for you eh Kerns. Every expense spared.

What do you use them for? Grass cutting?
No, Yes, Taking up hanging space, and certainly not, all the staff will want some
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... all the staff will want some
Do you think?
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I have found the Gill OS2 or XM Offshore ranges to be relatively lightweight, breathable waterproofs, at a reasonable price and often found on E-bay. Although I also have a drysuit I seldom wear it.
I believe the secret to enjoyable UK Ribbing is to remain warm and , consequently, head, face and hand protection is essential as well as the usual waterproofs and undergarments.
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Old 23 August 2010, 09:19   #9
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You get what you pay for as always, I am on the water nearly every weekend whether sailing, diving etc. I currently have Musto offshore stuff, Gore Tex, cost a lot but 7 years later still 100% waterproof, now faded to a very manly pinkish colour!

If you buy the cheap crap it will probably be ok for light use but thats all.
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Waterproofing is handled by a douglas Gil jacket / saloppettes combo and a pair of sailing wellies. Use of a bar towel round the neck area keeps any rouge water from descending & keeps drafts put

Warmth is by an infinitely variable number of thin layers depending on the weather and an awesome pair of thermal hiking boot socks.

Gloves are a pair of neoprene / material combo ones which are a weird halfway house between thin & flexible for dinghy sailing, and super thick for diving warmth. Something like 4mm, but flexible.

Spray is handled by a pair of Uvex safety specs, but I did try three different pairs until I got a pair that kept the spray off, but weren't such a close fit that they steamed up at the slightest provocation.
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