Stay Dry, Parts I&II
|Gill Pro Dinghy Top|
Staying Dry, Part I
For daysailing when there's spray or other moisture in the air, I'd match the KB 1 trousers (below) with the Gill Pro Dinghy Top, a breathable pullover smock. Though Gill doesn't rate it as quite as waterproof and breathable as the KB 1, and it's not offshore gear, I've been very pleased with it. Features include a zip-up collar that can be adjusted on either side to form a good neck seal; comfortable, adjustable rubber wrist closures; and an adjustable neoprene waistband.
A self-draining chest pocket can be reached even when you're wearing a life jacket.
$130, (770) 945-0564,
|Gill KB 1 Keelboat Racer Trousers|
Staying Dry, Part II
I'll be wearing Gill's KB 1 Keelboat Racer Trousers on wet days this summer. This bit of kit is ideal for cruisers. Because the KB 1 are so light, it's hard to believe that three layers of breathable material make up the fabric; the fact that they're unlined will allow them to dry out quickly. Other features include a unique fly arrangement, a multitool pouch, and microfleece-lined neoprene shoulder panels that replace straps. Gill rates the fabric as highly waterproof and breathable, and while the KB 1 trousers are intended mainly for coastal use, I wouldn't hesitate to use
$235, (770) 945-0564, www.gillna.com