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Old 05-05-2021, 05:40   #1
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Looking weather gear">Foul weather gear. Weekend warrior here, looking for recommendations. I壇 like to keep it around/under $150 for the set possibly up to $200. Mostly a fair weather day sailor but trying to do more short cruises now that the restoration of my boat has hit the point I知 comfortable taking longer trips. These are likely something I値l only put on a time or 2 a year so I知 not trying to spend $500. Home base is the Pamlico river/sound in North Carolina US.

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Shop the US army surplus outlets, combat uniforms are goretex and that's about the cheapest you will find that fabric. It won't have the closures of quality foulies, the heavy zipper behind velcro flaps, the neoprene cuffs and neck, but it will repel water while remaining breathable. Camo is a good look on a boat! :-)

Personally I go to Helly Hansen for my gear, it is excellent! Hellytech is at least as good as goretex, possibly better. When conditions get rough, being uncomfortable is a distraction I don't need. HH gear keeps me dry in any weather.

If you watch the sales you can find some great deals, probably not in your target price range, but... you get what you pay for! This is an excellent jacket:

https://www.hellyhansen.com/en_gb/hp...o-jacket-34149

And if an existing customer refers you, you get 20% off your first purchase (not including sale items like that link, unfortunately.) And so does the referrer.

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Also look at camping stores as they have excellent wet weather gear that may suit your needs.
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Grundens.
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Also look at camping stores as they have excellent wet weather gear that may suit your needs.
This ^^^

I found a decent rain jacket at Cabelas years ago that was on sale. It it decent quality and works. It is not something for offshore usage, but coastal or on the sound, it works just fine.

I would try REI, Cabelas, Sportsmans Guide, Duluth, Bass Pro Shops, Defender and West Marine. Wait for sales if you can. Memorial Day is almost here so there will be sales.

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Grundens.
A local club I used to belong to had loaner foulies that were very much like the Grundens gear. It was pretty. basic as far as waterproof gear goes, but it worked fine. It wasn't breathable so it got pretty hot, but if you're only going to use it once or twice a year it's probably more than good enough.
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We have a local consignment shop that has a bunch of used foul weather gear still in good shape. I've been tempted myself, and I have good gear already! Do you have a local used marine gear shop around there somewhere?
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Looking Foul weather gear. Weekend warrior here, looking for recommendations. I壇 like to keep it around/under $150 for the set possibly up to $200. Mostly a fair weather day sailor but trying to do more short cruises now that the restoration of my boat has hit the point I知 comfortable taking longer trips. These are likely something I値l only put on a time or 2 a year so I知 not trying to spend $500. Home base is the Pamlico river/sound in North Carolina US.



Thanks in advance.


My suggestion is to spend a little bit more (still less than $300) for a west marine third reef pants & jacket and, with the type of use you envision (2-3 times a year), never have to think about it again for the next 10 years.

I believe that having decent gear is important also for coastal cruising (which is what I mostly do); knowing you値l be comfortable also in bad weather may even push you to sail more without having to worry too much about a passing squall.

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A local club I used to belong to had loaner foulies that were very much like the Grundens gear. It was pretty. basic as far as waterproof gear goes, but it worked fine. It wasn't breathable so it got pretty hot, but if you're only going to use it once or twice a year it's probably more than good enough.
You get it two sizes too big. That way there's plenty of air moving in and out of there and the material itself doesn't need to be breathable. Of course, it only works if the wearer is relatively skinny :-)
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I've been pretty happy with a jacket and pants set I bought on Amazon for 25 dollars. I think the US manufacturer makes them for garbage collectors. They are not breathable, but 100% waterproof. I only put them on a few times a year while sailing, so I wasn't looking for anything fancy. I find I use the jacket more for going to shore. My boat has a hard dodger with windshield and bimini, so I don't really sail "in the elements." If I had an open cockpit, I would look for something better at keeping me dry. I think camping stores will have good options and less than "marine" prices.
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