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post #10 of Old 10-12-2012
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Re: Foul Weather Gear

I've found that 1 set of foulies isn't enough. I like a light set for warmer weather and a heavier set for cool weather. Prefer breathable in both. The WM stuff is fine for me- much cheaper than genuine GoreTex. Regular waist high pants for warm weather, bibs for cool/cold weather or if it's really wet. A good set of bibs will let you get away with a lighter jacket. As hellosailor said- a pull up or 2-way zipper is a must with bibs- otherwise you're taking the coat off every time you need to pee.
I also prefer a souwester to a hood unless it's really cold- it doesn't block your vision every time you turn your head.
A stocking cap and waterproof gloves and boots, too.
Nothing is more miserable than being wet, cold, and far from the end of your voyage.

Mark Smith
1977 C&C 30 Mk 1 hailing from Port Clinton, Ohio
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