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Old 02-12-2010, 08:26   #1
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West Marine Foul Weather Gear

Hi all,

I'm looking for opinions on the West Marine 3rd Reef Foul Weather jacket. They are on sale this week and I thought it might make a decent present for the wife. (If by some chance, you ARE my wife reading this...STOP NOW ) Anyway, I've got a really ofd set of Mustos from a previous career...but damn, they have really gotten pricey. For right now, this would be for day sailing and general utility use.

If you've got any experience with them, I'd love to hear about it.

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Old 02-12-2010, 08:29   #2
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I have some of their "offshore explorer" foulies (tops and bottoms). They've been great. There's a lot of things I can't stand about WM but so far no problems with their clothing, which I'm sure is made by one of the other big manufacturers anyway.
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I have their bibs and Third Reef jacket. I'm happy with these. Go for it.
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I have 3rd Reef and Coastal jackets. I recommend them too.
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Pulled the trigger based on the hive recommendation. I'll let you guys know how she likes it.

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I'm about to do the same, thanks for the post, helped to put my mind at ease that I don't have to spend over $300 to get some decent gear
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I have had several sets of their FWG.... none met their demise due to product failure! Overall very happy with them
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Hey! weather gear">Foul weather gear is on my Christmas list for my wife as well.
Thanks for the advice on these.
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SWMBO and I have been wearing Third Reef Jackets and bibs for three years- er, when required, not non-stop. They still look new. They breathe well, work well, good sleeve gaiters and pocket closures and good range of movement. The only thing I would change is the unconstructed hood, which tends to droop down over my neanderthal-like brow, obscuring my vision.
Very good value.
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SWMBO and I have been wearing Third Reef Jackets and bibs for three years- er, when required, not non-stop. They still look new. They breathe well, work well, good sleeve gaiters and pocket closures and good range of movement. The only thing I would change is the unconstructed hood, which tends to droop down over my neanderthal-like brow, obscuring my vision.
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G'Day all,

All us primitives have this problem. My solution is to wear a baseball cap under the hood... the bill keeps the hood from dropping down as described.

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G'Day all,

All us primitives have this problem. My solution is to wear a baseball cap under the hood... the bill keeps the hood from dropping down as described.

Cheers,

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While my protruding brow pretty much serves the same purpose, THIS is a GREAT idea. Thanks.
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Yep, Jim's right. Need the ball cap! Maybe a nice pink one while you're at WM anyway. Oh, and get the little short lanyard (?) with clips on each end. That way when the hood is off, the wind won't blow her cap overboard. It clips to the cap and the collar of your shirt. My last two favorite caps are lost - one in the Gulf of Mexico, and the other I don't recall.
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We practice "cap overboard" drills on a regular basis in the Mako. The only one that was lost for good was on a Carnival tender in Belize.

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