Tough. Versatile. Lightweight. Waterproof. Everything you need to win around the buoys. The Gill KB1 Keelboat Racer Jacket is lightweight jacket that offers great freedom of movement, and is made of highly durable 4 Dot 3-layer waterproof and breathable fabric.
- Active cut with longer back hem and articulated sleeves
- Front zipper storm guard
- Brushed collar lining
- Adjustable hem, adjustable PU cuffs to prevent water ingress
- Packable, fully adjustable hi-vis hood for optimum visibility and fit
- 2 hand pockets with drainage
- Gill 4-Dot fabric (high performance, waterproof, breathable 3-layer fabric)
- D-ring attachment in pocket for securing items
- fully taped seams for a waterproof seal
|Features||Waterproof, Windproof, Breathable|
|Recommended Use||Day Sailing, Dinghy Racing, Keelboat Racing|
|Material / Fabric||100% Nylon 3-layer laminate|
|Has a Hood?||Yes|
The Keel Boat 1 (KB1) line of Gill sailing gear for the '09 season has some new updates to show off. This series consists of a Gill Jacket, a KB1 hooded Smock, and KB1 Salopettes (salopettes are the kind of pants that come all the way up to your shoulders - no suspenders).
All three pieces are geared towards inshore or near shore day racing. They are best suited for active one design boats like J22s, M24s, and Farr 40s. They all have minimal extra features and an athletic cut which keeps them very lightweight.
The '09 season brings some changes to the line but nothing drastic. The cut is a little roomier than it has been in the past to accommodate drinking a few extra beers after racing. The jacket and smock are available in both black and white while the trousers are black only. Both have some accent colors - the yellow stripes on the white jacket are not my favorite color combination of the year but I'm not exactly a fashion guru ether, so there's that..
The other significant change is a move away from the uncovered waterproof Riri zipper to a Velcro flap over a more traditional zipper on the jacket. This should ensure water stays out even if you spend all day hanging over a lifeline.
Here's a short video review of the changes in the trousers:
Note: After filming that I learned that the official name of the innovative gusset I mentioned is the "Mr. P" gusset. So kudos to whoever came up with that nifty idea.
Overall the new KB1 Gill Sailing Gear is a welcomed update to an already excellent set of sailing gear. At around $285 for each piece it's by no means cheap gear, but it's definitely the right stuff to have if you want lightweight & totally waterproof gear that will hold up to heavy use.