The Gill OS2 Jacket is designed for serious coastal sailing, this redesign of the very popular Key West range provides year round weather protection together with day long comfort.
- 3 Dot, hydrophobic, laminated moisture-management fabric that's 100% waterproof and windproof
- Featuring a hydrophilic coated layer that transports moisture away from the skin
- Fully lined with mesh drainage panels
- Regular fit with room for generous layering
- 2-way zipper protected by a double storm guard
- Adjustable cuffs & PU inner seals for watertight comfort
- Rollaway high-vis hood & volume adjustment for improved fit
- High-cut fleece lined collar with full face protection
- Zippered internal security pocket
- Fleece lined hand warmer pockets and chin guard
- Large capacity, deep cargo pockets with water resistant YKK zippers for ease of access
- Life jacket attachment facility
- High-vis Reflexite reflectors
- Fully taped seams
|Features||Waterproof, Windproof, Breathable|
|Recommended Use||Overnight Sailing, Offshore Sailing, Keelboat Racing, Cold Weather|
|Material / Fabric||2-layer laminate with Nylon outer fabric|
|Has a Hood?||Yes|
Gill's Key West Jacket and Trouser sailing gear has undergone some changes going into 2009. The first off is a name change - it's now being called Gill OS2 sailing gear. This is apparently the result of some legal action the complete details of which I'm not privy to. I guess somebody didn't like them calling it Key West gear - at any rate Gill's most popular line of gear is still basically as wonderful it's always been.
Our sales rep was kind enough to drop off a set of the new OS2 gear for me to look at last week. The Gill jackets are available in several colors for men and women. This line of sailing gear also features matching Gill trousers that are available in Men's and Women's cuts.
The bottom line really is that if you saw what the Key West gear looked like last year - then you have a pretty good idea what this OS2 gear looks like. There are some styling changes and the colors are a little different but there aren't any real major changes.
The Gill jacket (shown above) has some nice little accent colors and some stylishly shaped reflectors. The gray accents are made of some sort of coating that feels a little gritty - I don't know what it is but it's an odd feel for a jacket.
The pants are pretty straight forward. They have a Velcro loop for attaching a multi-tool and the stretchy type of hook/loop suspenders. The woman's version comes in a drop-seat style as it has for a while now.
The OS2 sailing gear remains made of Gill's solid 3-Dot fabric. It has a nice high collar and a fluro hood. It's good, reasonably priced gear. I wouldn't go offshore with it, but for your basic inshore day racing and a few overnight races each season it's all you really need.
Want to see the OS2 Gill Jacket in action? Take a look at the video blow for a close up look at this new and improved line of Gill sailing gear.
Editor's Note: I should clarify my position on the use of this gear. I wouldn't cross the Atlantic in it but it's certainly well suited for Bermuda races or that couple years of cruising the Caribbean that we're all "going to do some day." Good enough for some offshore, but not weeks of heavy conditions.