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Sailing Kit; loves, hates and problems

Hi everyone,

Im a Product Design student based in scotland and i'm using my final year project to look at products for the sailing market that make life easier, safer or more comfortable for users, Im particularly interested in clothing and safety equipment, eg, Oilskins, mid layers, lifejackets, MOB recovery systems etc.

Im currently looking into what opinions are surrounding current kit and what people would like to see in the future.

So... with that in mind,

Whats the one piece of kit you wouldn't go out without?

What sort of safety equipment do you use ordinarily (not bad weather)? Lifejacket, buoyancy aid, tether, none?

If none, why not?

What about in bad weather?

If you could add/change anything on your sailing clothing what would it be?

In your opinion, (can be anything) what would make being out on the water (for you);

Safer?

More comfortable?

Easier?

those questions are just guides, id be interested to hear any opinions you have!

Thanks,

Fraser
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The world needs dry gear that allows you to pee without it being a PITA

And seriously a lot of people go overboard peeing
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In your opinion, (can be anything) what would make being out on the water (for you);

Safer?

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Condoms?
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The gear I wish existed...

Warm gloves with good grip and no bulk that are also waterproof.
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A warm neck and head with no scratchy stuff around my face are high on my list.

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Boots that are easy to get on and off with foul weather gear.
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Power stretch balacava with fleace hat over.

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A warm neck and head with no scratchy stuff around my face are high on my list.

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Mountain Hardwear Power Stretch Balaclava at REI.com. Not scratchy.

Ski goggles are good, too.
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Try handwarmers inside wind-proof gloves.

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Warm gloves with good grip and no bulk that are also waterproof.
I always thought they were silly until I took up ice climbing. They allow you to stay warm with less bulky gloves. They easily go 8 hours when inside gore-tex gloves.

Also, look in the ice-climbing glove section of a mountaineering store. The prices are steep, but they are all about grip, flexability, and staying dry. For an ice-climber the right gloves are critical.
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