Originally Posted by sneuman
I still believe most stuff geared toward the pleasure marine sector is wildly overpriced - foul weather gear being just one of those items. I can't count the number of times I've bought boat bits in chandleries serving the local fishermen here in Asia only to find the exact same item or a near-exact equivalent for 3-5x as much in a "marine" store.
Please don't get me wrong... I'm not saying that retail-priced recreatiional pleasure marine foul weather gear is reasonably priced...but there are serious advantages to buying marine-specific gear, over terrestrial foul weather gear.
The commercial marine foul weather gear is also excellent, and generally much more reasonably priced than the pleasure marine gear, however, it tends to be geared towards commercial fishermen, and does not really fit shorter or smaller people all that well. The pleasure marine foul weather gear is also a good deal better looking, aesthetically speaking, and is better to have if you have to wear it ashore to a higher-end restaurant, than the commercial gear is.
That said, I did buy all of my foul weather gear on clearance or on sale. I bought some very nice Henri Lloyd foul weather jackets for various women I know for $26 a jacket, which were normally priced at $250 or so. But buying the right type of gear is generally a wiser investment than buying the wrong type of gear, and then having to buy the right type after learning why it is the wrong type the hard way.
I don't sail in the tropics, but in New England...so my foul weather gear needs will be different from some one who sails in the tropics. I need something that keeps me bone dry, because, even in the summer time, the water up here can be quite cold, and add 20-30 knot winds to it, getting wet can easily lead to serious trouble.