Originally Posted by Jammer Six
Most of that breathable stuff is made for guys with 40" chests and 34" sleeves. I have a big chest and shoulders but am only 5'7" tall. I currently have a set of high quality PVC slickers that I have had for well over 20 years. These were made for commercial
fishermen and other professional watermen so there is room for multiple heavy layers. The base fabric
wicks pretty good. If you choose your layers carefully you don't need breathability. If they fit right, there is ventilation unless it is literally blowing a hurricane
and you need a belt to hold your jacket hem down. I spent my youth fishing
and often practically lived in my slickers in the winter. White rubber shrimp boots are about $15 and are quite comfortable and grip the deck
well. No silly yachty boots to go with my slickers, if you please.
For waterPROOF PVC slickers, look in National Fisherman for the ads for the CORRECT gear
. Don't get slickers at walmart! 66N is good for lightweight but long lasting stuff that wicks beautifully. Hellys are okay... just heavier so not so good in warm weather
. If guys who put in 20 hour days wearing the stuff are okay with it, it is probably good enough for sailboat guys, even if they won't let you in the YC any more.
Bottom line is if the fit is wrong, the gear
is wrong. You aren't dressing for the prom! Gotta have room inside for ventilation up/down the legs and arms, and for insulating layers. All of the yachty stuff is just WRONG. And ridiculously expensive. I has spoken.