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Old 30-11-2010, 11:15   #46
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i stilllike oilskins and silk longies... works well and holds up to lotsa wet...fishermen use-- why not us-- they know what works and is not too pricey. silk longies are findable in thrift stores--occasionally, just gotta look hard for them. they dry fast and feel soft and comfy and WARM..
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Old 30-11-2010, 11:30   #47
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I mostly use more general foul weather stuff instead of the boat specific stuff. In all the various sports/activities I've done over the years I have found that lots of the specific clothing is just more expensive, but better in function.

My WM Third Reef coat works fine for the price (my old biking coat didn't keep my butt warm enough).
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Old 30-11-2010, 11:40   #48
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I tend to favor commercial grade oilskins, preferably Grundens. They don't look as nice, but keep me dry. I usually wear them over a sweater and jeans. If i was in the tropics I would probably look for something that was more breathable.
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Old 06-12-2010, 00:06   #49
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We live aboard on the South Coast of the UK. 5 years ago we got hold of some "Fladen Rescue Suits". These are one piece suits that are very well insulated (5mm closed cell foam). They also have around 80 Newtons of buoyancy built in. They are totally warm, comfortable, water proof and dry fast. In addition to all of this they cost less than £100 each.
As for boots, Timberland make their ankle boots in wide sizes, have non-marking soles, are non slip and better looking that any of the so called sailing boots. Currently I am wearing a pair of the Caterpillar work boots, Great, warm, dry feet at a price I don't have to care about.

The fishermen know what works at a reasonable price, the Fladen Rescue Suits are built and priced for fishermen.

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Old 06-12-2010, 01:21   #50
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Originally Posted by barnakiel View Post
The bad:

- cotton,
- wool,
- jeans,


Wool stays warm when its wet, ask any logger in the PNW.
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Old 06-12-2010, 04:10   #51
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I find my gill ocean ( 5 dot) set the best yet. And I have musto mpx and hpx still prefer the gill. I sail above 50 N so it's a worthwhile investment. ( and dubarry goretex sailing boats on occasion)
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