Revealed: The New Sailing Kit of 2016
We’ve been working hard behind the scenes to bring you new, innovative and improved sailing kit ready for an action-packed 2016. After the overhauls, tweaks and precision engineering of new kit, we’re proud to reveal our new Spring Summer 2016 sailing range.
We’ve grilled the Volvo Ocean Sailors, who put the offshore sailing clothing through the world’s most extreme climates, to find out what they thought could be improved in our toughest HPX Pro outfit. We kitted out professional sailors on Banque Populaire VIII racing in inshore conditions and they’ve let us know exactly what they thought of the new lightweight MPX racing kit. We also took a fresh look at our BR2 Collection and added in a brand new streamlined race jacket so you get race performance at an affordable price.
Redesigned: HPX PRO
Our toughest GORE-TEX® Ocean sailing kit just got tougher. When battered in the Southern Ocean and working on the hash surfaces of the Volvo Ocean 65 boats, the Volvo Ocean Race sailors need maximum protection. They wanted a much longer HPX Pro Smock with larger abrasion resistant CORDURA® patches on both the smock and trousers. Done. They also needed better peripheral vision, but still needed protection from the spray, so we created innovative, flexible ProVISION windows in the side of the hood that don’t discolour or fog up. We reduced the number of seams as well. Now there is less stitching exposed to abrasion so HPX Pro is stronger than ever.
Ian Walker, Skipper of winning Abu Dhabi Ocean Race team said of the new HPX smock and trousers, “Having sailed the Southern Ocean, rounded Cape Horn and broken the 24-hour VO65 record, we’ve given your offshore kit a full test! Everyone onboard has nothing but praise for the kit. It’s both 100% waterproof and breathable. Thank you for keeping us warm and dry and enabling us to sail safe and fast.”
New: MPX RACE LITE
MPX Race has been completely redesigned and now the waterproof GORE-TEX® offshore racing range is called MPX Race Lite. It is engineered in a new GORE-TEX® Pro fabric that is 30% lighter and 20% more breathable than the offshore version with fewer seams in the construction so it is more durable. Plus the super stretch GORE-TEX® fabric panels across the shoulders and elbows give you incredible freedom of movement. The crew on IMOCA 60 Banque Populaire VIII, who extensively tested the new range, were impressed with its lightness and durability.
New: BR2 RACE LITE
Brand new for 2016 is BR2 Race Lite Jacket. Fully waterproof rating of 20,000mm, breathable and streamlined, this new collection of BR2 inshore racing jackets is built for action. You get complete protection with a roll-away hood, the safety of reflective tape in the seams and the comfort of handwarmer pockets in the cold. The lightweight BR2 Race Lite Jackets for men and women have articulated sleeves for greater freedom of movement so you can perform at your best.