The MPX Gore-Tex Race Lite Jacket is made with a lightweight and breathable 3-layer Gore-Tex® Pro fabric that is 30% lighter and 20% more breathable than the MPX Offshore jacket, while still being able to take on a wave or a downpour in the middle of a race course. This is the perfect piece for when the conditions are tough or variable, but the bells and whistles of a true offshore jacket aren’t needed, such as buoy racing on a windy day.
In addition to the Gore-Tex® fabric, this jacket has a low profile waterproof front zipper, and double cuffs on the sleeves to keep water out. The fleece lined collar adds a little extra warmth and prevents chafing against the face.
Stretch Gore-Tex® fabric covers the upper back and elbows of this jacket, where flexibility and give is needed the most. This allows for a wide range of mobility for intense action while rounding the marks and hoisting sails. The articulated sleeves also allow for a greater freedom of movement, and the adjustable hemline gives a snugger fit.
Safety features include a fluorescent hood and reflective trim for visibility, and chest and side pockets for easy access to tools and navigation aids. The pockets have laser-cut drainage holes to allow water out so that it doesn’t collect inside. The hood is roll-away and detachable, which makes this a versatile piece for different keelboat racing conditions.
- 3-layer GORE-TEX® Pro laminate for superior breathability, durability and waterproofness
- Stretch GORE-TEX® fabric covering upper back and elbows
- Roll-away, detachable, fluorescent GORE-TEX® peaked hood for added protection
- Articulated elbows and underarms to increase freedom of movement
- Grid fleece lined collar for added warmth
- Neoprene internal cuffs with outer velcro adjustment to prevent water ingress
- Water resistant front zip with roll over zip guard behind
- Chest and side pockets are laser cut and bonded with reflective PU with water resistant zips for easy storage and an inner security pocket to protect personal items
- Laser cut drainage holes for all pockets
- In-seam reflective tape at the front, back shoulder and sleeve seams to increase visibility
- Scooped back hem for extra protection with an adjustable hem tensioner for a snug fit
|Features||Waterproof, Windproof, Breathable|
|Recommended Use||Keelboat Racing|
|Material / Fabric||85% Polyamide, 15% PTFE (Shell); 71% PA, 29% PTFE (Stretch Panels)|
|Has a Hood?||Yes|
Musto’s MPX Gore-Tex Race gear has been a staff favorite at APS for as long as it’s been available. This stuff was the original & the ultimate in “buoy racing” gear and pretty much everyone who works here has bought a set at some point. Musto has been cranking out this classic, bombproof design with minimal changes for a long time now and for 2016 they decided it was time for something new. This year they have delivered the MPX Race Lite – this set of jacket, smock & salopettes offers the same ultra-durable, waterproof & breathable Gore-Tex protection that everyone loves, but in a significantly lighter weight package.
If you aren’t familiar with Musto’s MPX Race gear – it’s designed with minimal frills compared to a more traditional coastal or offshore sailing jacket. Designed to be worn for day races, or perhaps short overnights in a pinch, the jacket has a low collar, only a few pockets (no fleece linings here), and a short at the waist length. Combined with the salopettes you have total waterproof coverage, without the bulk that makes it hard to jump around the boat during intense racing.
The biggest change with new Race Lite version is that both the jacket & smock are made from a significantly lighter weight Gore-Tex Pro Shell than before. Given it’s been over 10 years since the original first came out – surprise, surprise technology has changed somewhat (what did your cell phone look like 10 years ago?). This means that the MPX Race Lite jacket is lighter and offers stretch panels to make it easier to move around it, and it is still super durable gear that will last for years of active sailing.
Race Lite Jacket
Let’s take a closer look at the pieces of the MPX Race Lite set, starting with the jacket. It has a low bulk, waterproof zipper at the front, and 3 pockets with the same zip. Note that these pockets aren’t truly waterproof because they have small drain holes in the bottoms – in case you get hit by a sudden wave with your pocket open you wouldn’t want to try standing on your head to get the water back out. The jacket also has double cuffs to make sure your arms stay dry even if they’re above your head – an upgrade from the previous version which only had a single cuff.
The hood on the Musto Race Lite jacket has adjustments both around the front & around the back of your head to ensure it says on, plus a new fleece lining to keep you warm on colder days & nights. The great thing about the hood is that it’s removable – if you take your jacket on a cold overnight or a short distance race you will love having all the features of the hood, but if you’re just day racing wearing a hat you can just unzip and leave it at home. I personally like to leave my hood in one of the jacket pockets – that way it’s always there in case I need it.
You can really feel the stretch fabric in the jacket working when moving your arms around. This is especially helpful when you have the cuffs cinched down tight – the stretch helps make sure the cuffs don’t pull when you have your arms all the way out jumping a halyard.
Race Lite Smock
Now on to the smock. The Musto Rate Lite smock has the same great lightweight & stretchy fabric as the jacket. As you’d expect from a smock, it has a waist seal, cinched with two Velcro straps that pull forward. The waist band is quite tall – which I’ve found helps both to keep water out, and keep the smock from riding up during the day.
The smock has a chest pocket, and then one big kangaroo pocket (just like your favorite hoody sweatshirt). The pocket has a ton of room for storage if you need it, but can be pretty hard to get into if you are wearing a life jacket on top.
The neck closure on the smock is quite comfortable. It has a very long zipper, which allows the neck to open up wider and makes the smock easier to take on & off. The zipper is angled off to the side, which keeps it away from the front of your neck making it more comfortable when the neck seal is tight.
Race Lite Salopettes
Finally the official APS staff favorite piece of gear, the Musto Race Lite salopettes. This product remains the most similar to the prior version, and for good reason. This product has been APS’ most popular single piece of foul weather for many years – both with our customers and with our staff. It would be hard to overstate how much everyone I have ever talked to who owns these loves them, myself included. In case you are questioning just how much we love this gear at APS – we have not one (Musto MPX Salopettes Video Blog) but two (Foul Weather Gear Review: Musto MPX Race Salopettes) previous reviews for the MPX salopettes already in the APS Advisor.
So what’s new? Unlike the Race Lite jacket & smock, the salopettes are made of a bit heavier Gore-Tex Pro Shell. It feels very similar to the original fabric, which means that these bottoms are going to stand up whatever you can throw at them on the race course. Because your pants are what makes contact with the deck all the time, it made sense to make them out of a slightly heavier fabric. This is especially true with some of today’s race boats which can often have very aggressive non-skid.
Salopettes are unique in that they have full waterproof coverage all the way up to your shoulders. The over the shoulder material on the Musto salopettes is fully stretchy material to help them move with you when you raise your arms. This helps avoid any unpleasantness in the crotch area from a too snug fit. Salopettes are not for everyone though – some people will find that traditional trousers offer the additional height adjustment that they need to be comfortable.
One of the improvements in these new trousers from Musto is at the ankle cuff. There is about a 4 ½” neoprene cuff that you can cinch down over your boots or ankles to keep the water out and ensure you aren’t stepping on your pants. The inside of the cuff is a super grippy material so it should do a much better job than the previous version of sealing against your boots and staying put all day.
The bottom line is that Musto Race Lite jacket, smock & salopettes will be a real workhorse that will serve you well for years on many different kinds of sailboats. This gear will keep you dry but allow you the freedom to move quickly on fast sport boats. It is durable enough to stand up to days and days of rain, spray and waves. The MPX Gore-Tex fabric is going to remain waterproof for years, keeping you dry the whole time. The Race Lite collection is versatile – you can wear this around the buoys for beer cans, but you could also take it on short overnight races and it will serve you well for both.