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Re: Foul Weather Gear for Small Dudes

Amazon is selling the Gill Men's Coast Jacket in X-Small for $169.24. I think I might give that a try before I head down the Women's road.

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I have an Henri LLoyd jacket that despite being a Large is more slim fitting than any other jacket I've owned, even though it still has good length to the torso and arms. Apparently British clothing manufacturers don't have us uh..."healthier" Americans in mind in their designs. It may be just what you're looking for.

Their "coastal" stuff tends to be under $200 with the "ocean" stuff generally being $200 and up. Good deals for it can also be found on Amazon.


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I got my foul weather gear from Campmor. They sell brand name gear like Columbia North Face and Patagonia and others. They tend to have a lot of last year's closeouts discounted significantly.

Their clothes are designed for backpackers and alpinehikers and meet the same kind of requirements as sailor's.
We got a rain jacket for my wife that fit her very well and her womanly hourglass figure is,.... well,.. not as hourglass anymore. She also gets chilly easier than I do and War more layers underneath hers.

The Columbia jacket and rain pants I got served me very well sailing in the June rains around Howe Sound in British Columbia. The jacket has all the features: cord lock elastic cords to adjust the waist and hood; velcro adjustments on the wrists; sleeves long enough to go down to your gloves; lots of breathing panels; waterproof plackets over all zippers; and an adjustable bill on the hood.

The pants had pockets and velcro closures on the legs, and leg openings that were wide enough to pull on and off over my deck shoes.

I'm not associated with Campmor or Columbia, I'm just a satisfied customer.
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Try looking at motorcycle gear. A lot of wet weather riding gear should work just as well for sailing.
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I bought my last foulie jacket in 1978 in France and it's still as good as the day I bought it, except for the elastic wrist cuffs. I can't even remember how many Caribbean/US trips, TransAts and other trips I've done in it. Pay the big bucks now, for good gear will be even more expensive when you need to replace the cheap stuff in a few years.

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I think my next step will be following the advice of those recommending Women's sizing. I've had to go that route before with various things. The trouble is that sometime the female proportions of some of those garments fit a little awkwardly on my
I wear Women's clothing!!!

When my ex bailed off my boat I had cause to slip into her trousers... mine were wet. By jingo, by crikey they were good! Instead of moving around in a huge plastic bag I was suddenly able to spring around athletically.
So I whacked on her jacket which was a trifle small but it still fit better than mine. Again, I could wield a winch handle better, grab a rope, get around the deck better.

Clothing manufacturers know they must make a good fit for women but don't give a fig about men. Why else were men forced to wear baggy shorts for a decade that should only be seen on urban youth smoking dope?

I really commend you to get into West Marine and try chicks jackets. It won't turn you gay.
And who is going to know you're wearing a jacket designed for a female? OK, OK don't buy the pink one


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I really commend you to get into West Marine and try chicks jackets. It won't turn you gay.
That whole post is fantastic! I'm dying! Thanks for the laugh, Mark, and thanks for giving me the courage to embrace my inner hourglass figure.

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Edit: I still think I'm going to try that XS Gill jacket first though...
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Does anyone have sailing directions to Fire Island handy?
I went to Fire Island when I sailed to the USA 2 years ago.

Amazing place. We weren't staying in the gay end but in a little village where everything was miniature. No vehicles allowed and all roads are just boardwalks. The only vehicles were a very few golfcarts, normally officials. The Fire Brigade was a golf cart! Sensationally funny.

I took the ferry up to the gay part and walked all the way back down the beach. Totally segregated from the rest of the island... that was a bit weird in these more accepting times to still have it fenced off

As a tourist/historical perspective it was interesting as my perception, being from Australia, was the whole island was a gay resort. So it was great to get the reality of it all.
I commend anyone looking for a trip for a few days to go do Fire Island (both parts!)

Photo below is the Truck Stop. Because you can't have a vehicle, at all the ferry wharfes they have Tonka Toy type kids trolleys. Very bloody funny!

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