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Old 12-11-2009, 15:12   #1
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Good Foul Weather Gear For Warm Weather

Hi Everyone...

Getting ready for my week long ASA course and realized I really don't have any weather gear">foul weather gear. So before I go to spend some money I was wondering if you kind folks would offer up your favorite brand and type. I figure I can always wear enough under them to keep warm, so was thinking of relatively light weight... I did search a bit on the site.. looks like "Gill" is well thought of... any others I should consider ? Want something of good quality, hoping they will last me a long time..

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Musto "coastal" has lasted pretty well for me. May be a little warm, but if it's that hot, why wear foulies?
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I am partial to Helly Hansen. I have a set of the coastal jacket and pants, and a pair of offshore pants.

How warm are you talking?

Warm will definitely require breathable.
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Warm weather big problem. One gets too hot no matter what.

Musto gtx. Anything gtx.

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Thanks all...

I will be sailing out of Florida in late December so that means anything from 80 degrees to freezing... but I suspect whatever the temp if it is cloudy and raining it will seem pretty chilly... so just looking for a some light wt stuff to keep me comfty between 30-60 degrees with wind and rain...

Gill is pretty pround of their stuff... jacket for US$ 265 bucks...
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Thanks all...

I will be sailing out of Florida in late December so that means anything from 80 degrees to freezing... but I suspect whatever the temp if it is cloudy and raining it will seem pretty chilly... so just looking for a some light wt stuff to keep me comfty between 30-60 degrees with wind and rain...

Gill is pretty pround of their stuff... jacket for US$ 265 bucks...
Where in FL? If you are central to Northern FL, I'd have to agree it could get quite cold and wet, however, if you'll be sailing around Miami/Ft Lauderdale/Keys region, it is extremely rare that you'll need heavy faulies, a dinghy racing top (large enough to wear a couple of thin layers underneath) ought to suffice... Have fun!

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pyacht.com has gill on closeout sail as we speak.
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My advice is to save your dollars!

Get some of the cheapest, lightest wet weather gear you can find. As you said you have plenty to go under it.

Then as you get more into it you might spot a sale and pick up a better bit here and there.

There is an amazing amount of money sitting on decks of racing yachts that guys have forked out for to sail 3 hours on a saturday afternnon... More than I own! Definitly more that I will ever use.

Just because Musto is bright red it doesnt mean you need it or must have it.




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I think it's more important to go by fit than by brand. The best-made foulies in the world will feel awful if they fit poorly. Try as many on as you can, and go with the ones that felt the most comfy.
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Just because Musto is bright red it doesnt mean you need it or must have it.




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Cheap foul weather gear....

full 3mil wetsuit, face mask and snorkle...hat of choice with a keeper

but then I'm biased

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When I did my ASA classes back in April, I brought along the rain gear that I normally use on my camping and canoeing trips. It's a Marmot rain jacket and a pair of cheap rain pants out of some clearance bin or another. The jacket's nice, since it's got vents in the armpits that unzip for warmer work. And since it's bright orange, I figured I'd fit right in. Didn't get a chance to use it, though.

I brought the same thing on my Lake Superior trip at the end of September, which was a much chillier and wetter experience. It performed quite satisfactorily.

For the kind of sailing I do, anything waterproof will do. Thermal layers, in whatever thickness is appropriate, will fit underneath just fine. When I plan my first Atlantic crossing, I'll probably upgrade.
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Cabela's has a wide variety of Gore-Tex and non-Gore-Tex suits at very good prices:

Cabela's -- Complete Sets

Right now you can get an additional $30 off. I wear their uninsulated Guideware when the temp is < 65 F, and their PacLite when it is warmer. The Guideware will keep you dry in almost any conditions. the PacLite will keep you dry in rain or mild spray.
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pyacht.com has gill on closeout sail as we speak.
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Thanks again all... and thanks for the heads up on pyacht...actually a lot of sites are having "sales" but I did go ahead and get a "Dingy Smock" for my trip... I think that will be about right but we'll see...

Off to practice my knots...

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Cheap foul weather gear....

full 3mil wetsuit, face mask and snorkle...hat of choice with a keeper

but then I'm biased

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Good advice there. An inexpensive (or used) 2/1 'shortie' wetsuit underneath whatever else you care to wear (layers above) should keep you warm in any conditions there. One thing about 'foul weather gear' is that you can pretty much count on getting wet to the skin if it's really 'foul' out. With a wetsuit on you're already one step ahead of the game....it works as a cheap drysuit, and as a wetsuit if you do happen to get soaked or go into the drink.
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