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In the Press: BR1 Race Jacket and Sardinia Trousers

The MUSTO BR1 Race Jacket, £125 and Sardinia Trousers, £70 have been tested in the latest issue of Motorboats Monthly:

‘MUSTO’s BR1 Race Jacket has been designed for inshore use and is stylish enough to be worn off the boat too.  It is available for all the family, in junior, ladies and men’s styles and sizes, and has all the foul weather features you will need.  There are BR1 salopettes to match, however we went for the pull-on option in the form of the Sardinia Trousers.’

‘The jacket is just the right weight and has all the features for serious motorboating.  Being hip length I would say it is cross between a blouson and a foul weather jacket.  I normally opt for fleece lining where possible but this jacket has a mesh lining, which felt somewhat lighter.  The high-sided collar is fleece-lined but while the hood benefits from a substantial peak, it is devoid of reflective tape (reducing the likelihood of being spotted at night).  The phone-sized sleeve pocket is a clever idea and means you don’t have to delve inside the jacket once battened down.  The double cuffs are fully adjustable but I did find the stiff plastic tabs on the outside awkward to use.  I liked the fact that the waist and hood drawstrings are tethered by neat beckets so they can’t snag and get in the way.

  • Likes – Hip length for ease of movement
  • Dislikes – Lack of reflectors’

 Also available in Navy/ Dark Grey, Orange/ Dark Grey, Platinum/ Dark Grey,  Red/ Platinum and White/ Dark Grey

‘I find chest-high trousers too bulky and a bit much for motorboating so the Sardinia Trousers were the perfect choice for me – they are so light and easy to slip on and off.  The outer shell fabric is deceptively waterproof and a mesh lining prevents that cling to skin effect.  I was very impressed with the zip-openings at the bottom of the leg, being able to haul them on over seaboots is a must for me.  The waist is part elasticated with a zip fly and a press-stud closure.  I didn’t like the fiddly drawstring – it felt like it might break.

  • Likes – Super lightweight, zip ankle closures
  • Dislikes – Fiddly drawstring waistband’


Also available in Black

  • ‘MBM rating 4/5 ****
  • Outfit £195′

What type of foulies should I buy? 

For a motorboater, an entry-level set of coastal/ inshore foulies should be sufficient, but the type you opt for will depend on your boating.  Flybridge owners will need something warmer and more durable for those extended periods up top.  However, if you have a hardtop sportcruiser your foul weather kit may remain in the wardrobe until it’s time to moor up, so something lighter will do.

Either way, waterproof clothing has to be practical, convenient and comfortable.  We have tried and tested all the kit you see here to help you decide what price, style and brand is best for you.

Jacket all in

A good entry-level jacket should have reflective strips, a secure inside pocket, hand warmer pockets, high-fit collar with comfortable lining, an adjustable good-fitting hood and double cuffs.  Finally a high-visibility fluorescent hood may turn heads while walking through a high street but it will act as an essential safety feature when out on the water.  When picking a size make sure there is room for thicker middle layers.

High or low?

What is best – traditional salopettes or pull-on trousers?  Primarily designed for sailors, salopettes are ideal for those spending hours out on deck, and therefore better suited to flybridge boaters as these will keep you warmer and give you better seated protection from the wind and rain.  Waterproof trousers are perfect for those with sportscruisers or enclosed helms, not only do they take up less storage on board and are a lot easier to put on, they are also more convenient when you need to use the facilities on passage.

Look for features like reinforced knees and seat and ankle closures in both styles, cargo thigh pockets in salopettes and a zip fly for pull-on trousers.’


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