Henri Lloyd elite 2.0

Yachting Monthly - - GROUP TEST -

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

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