Gul Vigo Coastal

Yachting Monthly - - GROUP TEST -

Jacket £185 Salopettes £150

It might not be the first name that springs to mind for yacht­ing wa­ter­proofs but Gul have been mak­ing wet­suits, dinghy gear and wa­ter­proofs for years. Their Vigo Coastal jacket and salopettes rep­re­sent the top of the line for their yacht­ing kit and are well worth a look. With­out break­ing the bank, this suit punches above its weight with the num­ber of fea­tures it in­cludes, rep­re­sent­ing a se­ri­ous set of oil­skins.

Jacket

Gul’s GCX2 wa­ter­proof and breath­able fabric has a soft feel to it. With more tra­di­tional styling that other suits, the red and navy colour is nicely un­der­stated. The jacket has an easy fit that left room for an ex­tra layer or two un­der­neath. It closes with a two-way zip and an outer storm flap, as well as a chin guard over the top of the zip and wider storm flap at the top to seal the col­lar. It has two large cargo pock­ets with fleece-lined hand­warmer pock­ets be­hind, and ad­di­tional wa­ter­proofzipped pock­ets above th­ese. There is an elas­ti­cated hem ad­juster and re­flec­tive patches on the shoul­ders and chest.

It is one of the few jack­ets to fea­ture life­jacket loops ei­ther side of the zip. In­side, we liked the warm brushed mesh liner.

For a coastal jacket, the fleece col­lar is high and warm, with a roll-away hi-vis peaked hood in­side zipped stowage. The sleeves has dou­ble cuffs with an in­ner rub­berised cuff to seal.

Salopettes

The women’s salopettes have a drop-seat de­sign to make calls of na­ture eas­ier, while the men’s have a two-way zip pro­tected by a Velcro storm flap. Both sets of trousers have a ny­lon lin­ing and a zipped in­ner pocket, as well as two large thigh cargo pock­ets. The an­kles close with a nar­row Velcro fas­ten­ing, shoul­der straps elas­tic with Velcro fas­ten­ing.

test ver­dict

We liked the amount of space the jacket has and the articulated sleeves for eas­ier move­ment. In the wa­ter test, only a small amount got in through the neck and none through the cuffs. It has a great level of de­tail­ing and felt like a se­ri­ous sail­ing jacket that would stand up to most weather. Some of the stitch­ing ap­peared slightly weak though.

We like the drop seat salopettes of the Gul Vigo

the roll-away hi-vis peaked hood has zipped stowage

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