More information on Dinghy & Small Boat Racing Gear:
Don't let the name fool you. This section is undoubtedly the most popular and versatile of all the sailing foul weather gear available. On a dinghy like the Laser, doing pit on a small keelboat like a Melges 24, or working bow on big-boat like the TP52, dinghy smocks and trousers are the one piece of kit to have in your bag if you do a lot of sailing on a bunch of different sized boats -- not just small ones!
Dinghy foul weather gear usually consists of sailing bibs, or "salopettes," and a dingh/spray top or "smock." This waterproof gear should fit with room for light layering underneath. APS offers a great stock of dinghy gear from all the top names in sailing apparel.
Gill Dinghy Gear:
Gill's Pro Dinghy gear features the group's most innovative neck closure and is the product of Gill's numerous years of building top-flight small boat sailing gear. Gill's other entry into this category is their Dinghy Spray Top -- this piece is a lightweight, critically-taped piece that offers great performance at a great value. Looking for something for those colder months, try the Thermal Dinghy Top by Gill. Softshell fabric with a fleece lining to keep the chills away.
Here's a special APS review of the Pro Dinghy line.
Musto Dinghy Gear:
For the active dinghy sailor, the Musto Dinghy Smock is the gear to have. It was developed by Olympians to meet the needs of skiff sailors and loved by college sailors. A stylish design with lightweight water and wind protection makes this smock a winner. Musto offers tops for varying degrees of durability. Their MPX Gore-Tex Race line is top-of-the-line kit for dinghy sailors thanks to its reliability and range of movement for performance sailing. Shop the full line of Musto dinghy gear above.
Check out our review of the dinghy smock on our blog!
SLAM Dinghy Gear:
For the racer, look no further than the Force 2 Spray Top. SLAM dinghy gear is created with adjustable neoprene wrist and waist cuffs helping you keep the water out. Pockets on the sleeve give you easy acess to things while mid-race. Fully waterproof and breathable, this gear does not dissapoint!
Henri Lloyd Dinghy Gear:
Henri Lloyd dingy tops are designed with functionality in mind. Adjustable Dartex seals on the neck and wrists in addition to a thick neoprene waist band (also adjustable). 100% nylon fabric is fully waterproof with taped seams and plenty of pocket space to store anything from your race instructions to a knife. For a stylish smock in lots of color choices, take a look at the HL Energy Smock.
Anywhere you look in this category, you're sure to find something that will keep you dry and comfortable, regardless of the size or type of boat you're working.