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Dark-topped foul weather gear with similarly dark-colored sleeves seems to be the latest "fashion statement". If I go over, I want the top part of my outfit to stand out from the background I'm floating in, so people can find me. Even if just my head is visible, a light colored hood will easier to see than a dark blue one. Make mine yellow (or maybe bright red), please!
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The best color for foul weather gear is either bright orange or yellow. However, these are less than the most fashionable colors...so Red is a good choice for the daytime...not so good at night. The hood on any dark colored foul weather gear should be the "highlighter" yellow. And any good marine-use foul weather gear should have at least 16 sq. in. of retro-reflective patches on the front and back...
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Check out SLAM - they are outfitting the Italian team. I have a bib and jacket (relatively new, so can't comment on wear 'n tear), and so far I really like them. I have the Racing Evolution Jacket and the Rc Long Johns. I bought mine at a boat show at a bit of a discount and am pretty well satisfied so far.

They are at SLAM.

Having been a long-time user of outdoor-oriented waterproof gear, I HIGHLY recommend breathability. Nothing's worse than sweating inside the jacket when you were intending to stay dry to start with. I use Goretex-based stuff for my on-land adventures.

I bought a LaFuma sailing jacket (due to its waterproofness) some time ago and it doesn't breathe at all. Needless to say it gets very little use by me.

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With only one season with it so far, I've been happy with the WM Explorer Offshore jacket and bib. I used it heavily last winter in offshore races. In the nastiest of weather I stayed dry (except for sweating profusely during foredeck work). It's not the most breathable, but you get what you pay for... and I got mine cheap. As with the other posts, get it large enough to allow for layers. I made no fashion statement with a yellow one, but it is more visible at night... something to consider if you're doing overnight sails/races.
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I got the yellow one because it looked better IMO.
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