Henri Lloyd elite 2.0
Jacket £549 Salopettes £399
Henri Lloyd has been one of the pre-eminent sailing clothing brands for decades. While it went into administration earlier this year, it was swiftly bought with plans to restart production in the near future. Much effort has gone into making these innovative, technically advanced oilskins lightweight but robust.
The Gore-tex Pro fabric used is extremely lightweight, but still offers the same protection. Fleece linings have been swapped for soft mesh that holds much less water, and hood stowage is enclosed by Lycra, all to aid drying and save weight. The high collar can be snugged close to the head with elastic adjustment, though the ends of the elastic stick up like antennae. The comfortably contoured face guard can be positioned as you want it, attached on one side by elasticated fabric. The hood has been extended forwards with transparent windows on either side to preserve peripheral vision. This is one of the few jackets to have lifejacket attachment loops. The large cargo pockets have secure closures with a generous foldover and there are two sets of hand-warmer pockets.
The women’s salopettes include a drop seat with a zip down each side, protected by a double storm flap. The shoulder straps are elasticated and fabric covered. There is a large cargo pocket on the thigh as well as hand-warmer pockets on the front; on the women’s version this was a tunnel pocket across the chest.
A tiny amount of water got in through the neck on the water test, though this could have been how we were wearing it. The wrists were totally dry. Overall, these are very serious waterproofs made of top-quality fabric, with a tough taffeta inner face that should last well. They were well thought out with some nice new ideas to reduce drying times. While the mesh lining was not as cosy as the old fleece, they will keep much dryer.
It was good to see strong design features in both men’s and women’s versions
Side windows in the hood preserve vision while offering much more protection