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kj, the same thing (pretty colors) happened in the SCUBA industry 20 years ago. Boatbabebimbos want pretty colors, so someone is going to sell them what they want as long as their sugardaddies are happy to buy it.
Not to worry, if enough of them go sailing and fall overboard in the pretty colors, the survivors will improve the gene pool while wearing bright colors!
OTOH, since many of them are no doubt wearing "logos" not really sailing anywhere in them...This is like North Face (once a serious mountaineering supplier, now a ghetto fashion) or Nautica (fashion from the first but copied after sailing gear).
Years ago I looked at Line7 gear from NZ which was, at the time, a reasonable alternative. Except their men's gear all had the zippers backwards, i.e. "womens" style. Which confused my hands when I reached for the zipper that just was on the wrong side. Back it went. Luckily HL was dumping good old gear in favor of new stylish stuff in lime green (instead of plain yellow) and I decided that at 60% off, yellow would be good enough for me!
Last edited by hellosailor; 01-23-2007 at 11:13 PM.