Protection from the Elements: Foul-Weather Gear Put to the Test with Earth, Wind and Water
Gills Key West jacket and high-fit bibs stand out in the under-$500 foulie category.
Practical Sailor tested foul-weather jackets and pants from seven manufacturers: from Gill, Gul International, Helly Hansen, Henri Lloyd, Ronstan, Slam, and Third Reef from West Marine. Each set included a jacket and a pair of bib trousers designed for coastal cruising and light offshore sailing. All foul-weather kits were priced under $500. Testers examined the sets for wind- and water-resistance, reflectivity, and wearability, and tested the zippers and fasteners. With well-placed reflective patches, a fluorescent peaked hood, and plenty of pockets and abrasion-resistant fabric, the Gills Key West gear stood out in field of well-designed sailing apparel.