Cold Weather Sailing Gear Guide
This entry was posted on 01/18/2013.
Don't let the cold stop you from sailing this winter! We have all the gear you need to stay comfortable and sailing your best, regardless of the weather, right here in our cold weather sailing gear guide. Not sure what options are available? Check out a few of our favorite cold weather items including drysuits, wet gear, gloves, boots, and hats.
West Coast Sailing's Cold Weather Sailing Gear Guide
Staying Dry - The most important piece of cold weather sailing gear is your dry suit! The complete waterproof protection of a drysuit means you stay dry and comfortable all day. We recommend the Gill Pro Drysuit for the active dinghy sailor - great features, fit, and value. Proper layers are key to getting the most out of our drysuit - we recommend checking out Gill's i3 Top and i3 Bottoms. Don't forget warm socks!
Dressing to get wet - Drysuits not your thing? Don't worry - there are lots of other options! Zhik Superwarm fabric was developed specifically for this purpose. Pair their Skiff Suit and Top for great protection in cold weather. SEA's Winter Waist Lock Hikers are a great choice for the Laser sailor and pair well with the Ultra Warm Top. Each of these pieces use several fabric layers to repel water and insulate.
Headwear - Wearing a hat in cold conditions is an easy way to preserve precious body heat. A few of our favorite hats are the i3 Beanie, Zhik Beanie, i3 Polarclava, and the Helmsman Hat. Pick your favorite and remember to wear it!
Gloves - Keeping your hands warm, dry and flexible enough to be useful has always been a problem. We recommend trying out either the Gill Three Season or Extreme Glove. Each of these offer protection for your hands while allowing you to still grasp a tiller and the thin control lines found on dinghies.
Footwear - Last but not least, don't forget your boots! A good pair of neoprene boots provide insulation and support. Check out the Gill Trapeze Boot, Zhik Boot-260, or the SEA Regatta Boot. If you're wearing these with hikers or a skiff suit, add a pair of Gill Neoprene Socks or Zhik Superwarm socks for additional warmth.
Still not sure what to wear? Give us a call or send an email, we'll be glad to help!