Winter Sailing Apparel

Mustang unveils gear aimed at the professional sailor.

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Mustang Survivals EP 6.5 Racing Dry Suit is the crme de la crme 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

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 weve 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.

Darrell Nicholson, editor of Practical Sailor, grew up boating on Miami’s Biscayne Bay on everything from prams to Morgan ketches. Two years out of Emory University, after a brief stint as a sportswriter, he set out from Miami aboard a 60-year-old wooden William Atkin ketch named Tosca. For 10 years, he and writer-photographer Theresa Gibbons explored the Caribbean, crossed the Pacific, and cruised Southeast Asia aboard Tosca, working along the way as journalists and documenting their adventures for various travel and sailing publications, including Cruising World, Sail, Sailing, Cruising Helmsman, and Sailing World. Upon his return to land life, Darrell became the associate editor, then senior editor at Cruising World magazine, where he worked for five years. Before taking on the editor’s position at Practical Sailor, Darrell was the editor of Offshore magazine, a boating-lifestyle magazine serving the New England area. Darrell has won multiple awards from Boating Writer’s International, including the Monk Farnham award for editorial excellence. He holds a U.S. Coast Guard 100-ton Master license and has worked as a harbor pilot and skippered a variety of commercial charter boats.

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