Chandlery March 2017 Issue

Winter Sailing Apparel

Mustang unveils gear aimed at the professional sailor.

 

Mustang Survival’s EP 6.5 Racing Dry Suit is the crème de la crème of its drysuit line. The dry suit is part of an impressive line of EP 6.5 apparel and gear including dinghy smocks, dry bags, and foul weather gear designed for the professional racing sailor.

Mustang dry suit
The Mustang dry suit kept our testers dry during a chilly immersion test on Lake Superior last November. Mustang’s grippy Traction conductive gloves (left) aren’t watertight, but the grip is impressive and the conductive fingers work with touch screens.

Based on a dry suit system designed for the US Coast Guard and military personnel, the EP 6.5 is similar to the other high quality one-piece dry suits we’ve tested like those from Gill and Ocean Rodeo (see PS march 2009, November 2014, and February 2016). The Mustang suit has multiple adjustment points, integrated suspenders and a waist cinch, so you can sail for hours in warmth and comfort without feeling confined.

Engineered using a fabric Mustang calls Mil Spec 6.5 and breathable Gore-Tex, and reinforced with Cordura 1000D, this suit should last as long as you sail. Details we liked were the high-visibility hood, breathable socks, and adjustable neoprene seals at the wrist and neck. Though the price is high ($2,000 MSRP), it will score among temperate climate who demand on top-of-the line protection. Our testing last fall on Lake Superior—confirmed what we concluded back in 2009—a drysuit that can be worn all the time can make the difference between life or death for the cold water sailor when he or she winds up in the drink.

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