From battling the most extreme weather conditions at sea to keeping equestrians dry and warm at all times, Musto leads the way in clothing
KEITH MUSTO’S SILVER medal in sailing at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics was symbolic of his determination to succeed. Training and competing were true tests of his mettle: a reforging of his character that led to him establishing the Musto brand. Keith recognised that his clothing was the biggest hindrance to his millisecond Olympic defeat. Sailors would often wear flannel jackets and Guernsey layers to keep warm, but these fabrics became cold and heavy when wet. After months of research, he sourced new fabrics that had the performativity traditional sailing fabrics didn’t.
From water to land
In 1987, while watching his daughter compete in eventing, Keith noticed spectators wore wax-based jackets that became heavy when wet. It was then he decided to design clothing to keep both spectators and riders protected. Using fabrics and technologies tested in 50,000 miles of ocean, Musto engineered specialised garments that could withstand extended periods in the great outdoors.
Musto’s revolutionary 3-Layer System, developed in 1979, was adapted over the years and completed in 2006. The result was the EquiSynergy System: a rider-specific clothing system featuring lighter, technical fabrics that provide riders with waterproof, wicking and warm layers, without creating bulk in the saddle. The foundation of any 3-Layer System works by moving moisture away from the body quickly. Water transmits heat up to 30 times faster than air, so the wetter the body, the greater the loss of body heat. A combination of high-wicking fabric and mesh underarm panels ensure a high level of breathability and absorption that moves moisture away from the skin. The insulating and highly breathable midlayer, PrimaLoft®, delivers balanced warmth with the lightness of down, combined with technical properties such as water resistance, fast-drying and high breathability. A fully waterproof jacket completes the 3-Layer System. Musto was first to introduce Gore-Tex® membranes: with a windproof structure and microscopic pores 20,000 times smaller than a drop of water, this supplies the ultimate all-weather protection.
Being the best
Today, the collection has continued to push the boundaries of outdoor protection. Each item in the new Musto Country Lifestyle Collection holds a hidden technology or technical feature. Take Musto’s new Holkham Oil Cloth Jacket for men and Berkeley Oil Cloth Jacket for women as two examples. These fully waterproof country jackets are constructed from engineered oil cloth twill. The outer fabric retains the look of a traditional wax jacket, but with a soft, luxe feel and a lighter weight when wet. With a Musto BR1 drop liner between the oil cloth and inner liner, the membrane prevents water penetrating through to the skin. The eyecatching check lining, adjustable waist and deep pockets add to the country aesthetic, making this the ideal jacket for any outdoor pursuit.