Rant - Women's Offshore Gear
Posted 12 October 2012 - 07:49 AM
Posted 12 October 2012 - 10:27 AM
We yesterday evening had a discussion with several ladies about sailing boots. It seems to be impossible to purchase top of the line (gore tex) products in sizes smaller than EU40 / US6. So my girlfriend is always grumbling about cold and wet feet - especially sitting virtually motionless at the helm....., making every trip a nightmare ;-)
Posted 12 October 2012 - 04:24 PM
Posted 12 October 2012 - 04:31 PM
Posted 31 October 2012 - 10:04 PM
Posted 31 October 2012 - 10:27 PM
Posted 05 November 2012 - 04:52 PM
they have some others on sale as well. Would love to have continuing conversation on women's sailing gear! I'll be shopping for a spray top soon, any recommendations? Have only been sailing in warmer weather, but now I'm getting more into racing and will be needing some foul weather gear.
Posted 05 November 2012 - 07:19 PM
Bought my girlfriend sealskin socks. Now she never complains about cold feet...
+2. Work in any environment where you aren't constantly immersing your ankle (no real top seal).
Posted 18 November 2012 - 09:22 AM
Posted 04 March 2014 - 11:03 PM
A year and a half later, has anything improved? I find myself with a sudden need for offshore gear - sailing from Oregon to San Francisco in a few weeks - and I have sacrificed brain cells to the internet for days and days and days and found almost nothing. I'm 5'2", 117, shoe size 6 - too small for the men's/unisex sizes, too beamy for the youth sizes. Even the few companies that make women's gear (Gill, Helly Hansen, West Marine) seem to think I should be at least 5 inches taller for a size S or XS. I'm trying some Henri Lloyd salopettes this evening and I hope they fit, cos after that, I'm out of options.
Most of the offshore boots suggested around these parts don't come small enough, or have been discontinued. At a minimum, I would like something that will keep me warm and stave off trenchfoot for a week or two. Thoughts on the Gill yacht boots, Sperry Searacer or Dubarry Shamrock? (I am kind of kidding on the Dubarrys; I don't have the money no matter how "worth it" they are. But those are the only three offshore boots I've found in my size, anywhere in the whole world.) Should I just get some Bogs and pile on the wool socks and call it good enough?
Posted 05 March 2014 - 12:27 AM
worth a look
Not all gear needs to have "Sailing" on the tag to be good.
By the way the water proof socks are killer
Those do look great. Unfortunately same problem - men's 6 is the smallest they make em.
Lots of kayak gear for women do some digging that was just an example
Posted 05 March 2014 - 01:12 AM
The Gill reproofing spray does work quite well to bring back that nice water repellent beadiness.
As a 6'5 skinny guy, I have my own problems finding gear that fits. I have to wear XL gill gear just to get my shoulders to fit and length enough to cover my torso. My arms still stick out way too far and I could fit another person in the mid section So annoying!
Posted 05 March 2014 - 01:34 AM
A good gear service can modify anything. As a skinny guy, I had tucks taken out of my Musto MPX and then retaped. Also added more velcro. Not cheap, but hey, now its freaking perfect. Gear is like boats, gotta tweak it.
Wasn't that long ago people had to buy frostline kits for their goretex gear and sleeping bags to make it at home.