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Old 23-05-2011, 15:14   #16
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Re: What Foul Weather Gear to Get ?

Sorry to revive an old thread, but hadn't found the answer yet... and this was as close as I could get.

Offshore Fishing weather gear">foul weather gear VS. sailing offshore foul weather gear.

Offshore Fishing gear from Bass Pro shop seems to be allot cheaper than typical sailing off shore gear.

What are your thoughts??
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Old 23-05-2011, 15:26   #17
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Re: What Foul Weather Gear to Get ?

Go to a place where commercial fishermen get their gear. Helly Hansen, Grundig, Ericson--all good stuff at 1/2 the price of clothes with fashionable "sailing" name tags. As I have replied before, I think GoreTex is a waste of money on the water. The ambient air is usually too humid for the evaporative qualities of this cloth to work. It works great if you're hiking in low humidity environments. I've been wet and soggy plenty of times in Gore Tex or comparable "breathable" products and have found they usually soak through.
I use a Helly Hanson conventional commercial duty rubber suit and layers of synthetics for warmth.
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Old 10-09-2011, 14:46   #18
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Re: Yellow Foul Weather Gear Attracts Sharks?

Has anyone got any definitive data on best - read safest - foul weather gear colour? Though I have no plans to be MOB, best to be as prepared as poss.

Obviously white (blends in with wave whitecaps) and black, green, blue (too dark) are not great.

I have read that yellow might be a shark attractor. Has anyone else heard this? If there is the remotest chance of this being true, I am staying faaaaaar away.

Any problems with / rumours about red (which seems like the only remaining easy-to-spot colour)?
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Old 10-09-2011, 17:17   #19
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Re: What Foul Weather Gear to Get ?

I bought yellow, it was the best choice from a visibility standpoint in my price range.
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When you're in the water, only head is showing. Maybe some shoulder or an arm waving... If its daylight and the water is clear, then a darker color may actually be easier to spot, but ultimately, Color doesn't matter.. just make sure it has reflective tape on the shoulders, hood, and wrists. Of course, you can even add that yourself...
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Also, sharks are curious about bright colors, so they are attracted to it, but it's not appetizing. dark color can make them think you're a seal or something

I learned that from shark week, so it must be true
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Old 17-09-2011, 15:09   #22
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Anyone tried/seen Slam gear? Re: What Foul Weather Gear to Get ?

Has anyone seen this Slam foul weather gear in person?
I noticed online that it seems significantly cheaper than Musto, HH, etc. but looks quite the same in pictures.

Is it not as heavily built as Musto, HH, etc.?

Or is it just really good value?
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Re: What Foul Weather Gear to Get ?

If it is wet on deck, we go naked. It is so easy to dry off with a towell afterwards. If there are other people around, maybe just underwear. If it is too cold to go naked, then obviously we have strayed too far from the tropics and we have serious navigational problems. Either way, we do not spend more than $10 on raincoats, pants, ponchos and umbrellas and they are mainly for use ashore during the wet season, not for sailing use.
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