Yachting Monthly - - NEW GEAR -

Quite of­ten, the more you pay for some­thing, the more you get – un­less it’s made from car­bon fi­bre, of course. There are min­i­mal fea­tures on the Musto LPX and in some ways, it’s the cloth­ing equiv­a­lent of car­bon fi­bre: light­weight, strong and good look­ing. With a price tag of £500, it’s hard not to no­tice the things you don’t get: no fleece-lined col­lar or pock­ets, no in­ner lin­ing, no in-col­lar stowage for the zip-off hood, not even a loop to hang it up with (the last is an over­sight, I feel). In­stead, all of its cost has gone into the topof-the-range light­weight but rugged Gore-tex Pro fab­ric.

The jacket’s lack of bulk means you quickly for­get you are wear­ing it. The sleeves and body have enough length to avoid rid­ing up and the fit al­lows easy move­ment. A shaped hood has good ad­just­ment while a low but fit­ted col­lar, welded pock­ets with drainage holes and an ad­justable rub­berised hem all mean that the jacket can be sealed tight against the weather. It also keeps the wind off, even in a down­pour.

It might seem a bit racy (and ex­pen­sive) for some, but a jacket as solidly built, sim­ple and light as this will stand up to a lot of use and abuse, and is ideal for wear­ing all day on deck be­fore giv­ing pro­tec­tion against the Bri­tish weather ashore.

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