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FOULIES: Gill Key West vs SLAM Racing evolution

Im looking for a comparison of the GILL Key west jacket and the SLAM racing evolution Jacket.

I'd like to know, from people with experience, What the pros and cons are of each.

The jackets are going to be used mostly for buoy racing, but occasional open ocean cruise/racing. I sail in maine, the water rarely gets about 60 deg., Its cold up here.
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I used to buy Gill a lot and now have veered towards SLAM. I think the Slam might be more flexible, but its a shorter jacket.

These things, there is nothing like trying both..what's better?? Levi's or Wrangler??

My son prefers Gill.
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Does anyone like Jenn? At least I think it's Jenn, a German company that doesn't seem to have wide distribution here. I saw one of their "ocean" foulies and it looked superior to Helly Hansen, Gill, etc.

I have Henri Lloyd overalls, Gill seaboots, neoprene gloves and a Goretex rain jacket made for cyclists...it has long arms and is very good for using a tiller in the cold. That's all I need for Lake Ontario, but I have to upgrade for offshore.

EDIT: Sorry, it's "Jeantex", a German firm that does a lot of sportswear.

http://www.jeantex.com/ They don't appear to have an English version.

Any opinions? I've seem examples in real life just twice, but I was very impressed with the features and the construction.

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I like the JeanTex too - Jan Møller used JeanTex when he circumnavigated in an Open40, and says he liked them (he was sponsored by them, though).
He's partner in the company producing the excellent LED lantern Lopolight: http://www.lopolight.com/
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The Canadian dollar is very close to par with the American, which is making the Lopolight cheaper...I love the look and the functionality, but the price was way too high for something I could assemble myself (except it would look like a soupcan covered in LEDs with blobs of sealant everywhere!

Thanks for the JeanTex information. I don't need "extreme" gear, because I won't be on the trampoline of a 30 knot cat with 100 foot masts all day. But I do need offshore level (more constant heavy spray and rain than actually standing knee-deep in green water.
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Alex,

What the hell kind of question is that? What's better, Levi's or Wrangler?

There is no question that the answer is Levi's!!!!!!!!!!!


I love them, and not only because they still send me a check every month!
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I love them, and not only because they still send me a check every month!
You might be considered somewhat partisan on this topic, Tommy...

Hey, have you enjoyed that big air we've had in the last couple of weeks? A boat (a Hobie 33) got dismasted five minutes after we had called them to see if the race had been called off...from the deck of my old Viking 33 which is currently at a nearby club! I was somewhat glad we thought twice about motoring three miles into 30 knot winds just to find out the race had been cancelled...
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What the hell kind of question is that? What's better, Levi's or Wrangler?

There is no question that the answer is Levi's!!!!!!!!!!!


I love them, and not only because they still send me a check every month!
Now don't get me started. Levis in Australia have discontinued effing 501s. Good lord, is nothing sacred. Now I have to get the damn things mailed to me from the US cos Levis won't send directly to Australia.

Is that any way to treat your Austrian friends ?

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Now don't get me started. Levis in Australia have discontinued effing 501s. Good lord, is nothing sacred. Now I have to get the damn things mailed to me from the US cos Levis won't send directly to Australia.

Is that any way to treat your Austrian friends ?
Come on now, your a guy. Don't you get a new pair of jeans every 10 years if you need them or not ?

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In fact, now my favorite foulies now, is from a smaller less known brand called Bermudes, made in France.

I have the Match model, its pretty goo, confortable and helps flotation. Inside it closes as a smaller jacket that tightens at the waist and rists.

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