A good sailing jacket is possibly the most important item in your sailing wardrobe and probably the most expensive. Therefore, you should make sure you pick the right one for you. The jacket that you need will depend of the type of sailing that you take part in - ocean/offshore, coastal/inshore or day sailing/lightweight.
Here are 6 of the jackets that we recommend…
As the name suggests, these foul weather jackets are designed to protect sailors from the harshest ocean conditions. Therefore, they are 100% waterproof and windproof, to provide the desired level of protection. Many popular brands incorporate hi-tech and durable materials, such as the GORE-Tex, and coat their garments in repelling agents to keep water at bay. Ocean sailing is generally more dangerous due to the severe weather conditions, so our jacket picks here have a focus on personal safety…
Musto MPX Offshore Jacket
The MPX jacket from Musto incorporates the popular GORE-Tex technology. Although it is designed to withstand the harshest offshore conditions, the MPX still manages to stay lightweight and breathable. This makes it comfortable to wear, even during prolonged sailing periods.
Musto understands the importance of safety and have developed their own innovative photo-luminescent strips. These strips absorb light energy during the day, releasing a long lasting glow at night. This gives 360° visibility and increases your chance of being spotted in a man overboard situation.
This jacket will allow you plenty of freedom of movement, with its articulated elbows and underarms. To keep you nice and warm, the collar is high and fleece lined, as well as pockets that are hand warmers. Save time and energy, as there are handy lifejacket attachment points that allow the lifejacket and MPX jacket to be taken off and put on together.
Learn more about Musto GORE-Tex in this video:
Musto BR2 Offshore Jacket
Musto’s BR2 jacket helps you to feel secure and prepared for anything. As it is waterproof and breathable, this jacket provides foul weather protection and performance for anyone planning a lengthy trip on the water.
This jacket has great features that have been tested by elite offshore sailors, such as the double cuffs, adjustable hem, double storm flap with drainage channel and a high collar. The roll away fluorescent hood works brilliantly with the high collar, to keep you completely dry.
You can attach your lifejacket to the front and rear toggles. Hidden behind the large cargo pockets are fleece-lined handwarmer pockets. There are a choice of colours available and you should consider picking a size with plenty of room for any under garments you may wear underneath the jacket.
Although still waterproof and durable, jackets in this category tend to be more lightweight than conventional offshore jackets. This gives the wearer more freedom of movement, which is a handy feature when you’re maneuvering in tighter spaces on a smaller vessel. The lightweight nature of these jackets can mean they do not offer as much protection from the cold. Inshore sailors prefer to adjust to the changeable inshore weather by adding/removing layers, rather than wearing a heavyweight jacket.
XM Yachting Coastal Jacket
Crafted in a lightweight polyamide, this jacket is durable, breathable and waterproof. Specifically designed for coastal navigation, the XM Yachting Coastal Jacket also features mesh lining, a fleece-lined collar and chin flap, adjustable hem tensioner and an inner zipped security pocket. There is a 2 way zip with a double storm flap and drainage channel.
For added safety, this coat features retro-reflective tape on the chest. To secure your lifejacket, there are 3 loops built onto the jacket. Like with any sailing jacket, you should consider the size in relation to the amount of layers you may wear underneath.
Musto Corsica BR1 Jacket
Made from a fully breathable fabric, the Corsica is completely waterproof to a BR1 standard. It has been designed specifically as an entry-level sailing jacket, but also smart enough to wear on land too. The jacket is lined with Arctec 160 fleece, which only retains 1% of its weight in water, when wet.
Sailors praise the adjustable cuffs, hem and easily removable hood. Thanks to the articulated sleeves, you can move about easily and unhampered. Keep your essentials safe by stashing your phone, keys and sunglasses in the generous side and chest pockets. There is even an internal pocket with a handy headphone cable exit point.
Jackets in this section are less technical than their more expensive counterparts, but are often still waterproof and lightweight, like Inshore/Coastal jackets. Most sailors like to wear this type of jacket on a day-to-day basis, which allows more focus on comfort, regardless of the weather conditions.
Dubarry Starboard Jacket
Breathable and waterproof, this jacket is much loved by Mailspeed Marine customers. It features a PrimaLoft filler and a 100% polyester outer shell fabric. The sleeve cuffs are part elasticated, with Velcro fastened adjustable tabs. The pockets are fleece-lined hand warmers.
As well as keeping the water out and keeping you warm, this jacket also looks great. There is classic Dubarry branding and horizontal quilting on the interior body lining. Easily use your headphones, with the secure internal zipped pocket headphone cable holder. This is an ideal outerwear jacket for those who enjoy outdoor activities and sailing.
Henri Lloyd Sail Jacket
This fully-seam sealed jacket has been constructed from 100% waterproof and windproof fabric. There is an articulated hood pod with a water resistant zip. For added safety, there is a reflective print on the sleeves. The jacket features the famous 721X branding on the left arm and back collar.
Functionable for sailing or everyday use, the Henri Lloyd Sail Jacket has been coated with a DWR (durable water repellant) finish, which helps shed surface water, giving a faster return to dry weight time. It is highly breathable, reducing internal condensation, keeping you dry and comfortable for longer. Available in a variety of colours and sizes, this jacket is a great low-cost addition to any sailor’s marine wardrobe.