Musto’s Guide to Offshore Rowing Kit
Ocean rowing racing is one of the toughest sporting challenges in the world. Severe fatigue, an endless expanse of water, extremes of heat and cold, the mental strain, raging oceans, blistering sores, shark sightings and sunstroke are almost inevitable. It requires unparalleled grit and mental toughness simply to cross the ocean and unmatched drive to push through the excruciating mental and physical barriers. In addition, the kit must stand up to the punishing conditions too.
Jamie Sparks and Luke Birch, the world’s youngest double ocean rowers to cross the Atlantic, Charlie Pitcher, the first rower to attempt ‘Round GB’ solo, and Dan Parsons and Olly Clark, Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge hopefuls who will try for some world records en route, all know the critical importance of technical apparel for survival. The kit must endure the constant bombardment of the waves, the wear that results from the constant rowing motion, and be able to protect them from the heat, cold and wet. All four rowers have chosen Musto kit and put it to the ultimate test: ocean rowing.
Built for the ocean and continuously tested by ocean sailing racers, Musto kit is renowned for endurance and protection. Now, our ocean engineering has been proven again as tough enough to face the maverick challenges of extreme ocean rowing.
Jamie and Luke wore the tough Musto HPX Pro Series Smock and HPX GORE-TEX® Ocean Trousers to cross the Atlantic when facing pounding waves, and Dan and Olly followed suit after its unrivalled performance. Engineered in the most durable and breathable GORE-TEX® Pro fabric, the HPX range is fully waterproof for all round performance and protection on the ocean.
For training, Dan Parsons and Olly Clark are wearing the lightweight Musto LPX Dynamic Smock and Salopettes. It has already endured the wear and tear of constant rowing. Ideal for warm weather coastal and offshore rowing, LPX Dynamic delivers exceptional breathability, is engineered with stretch fabrics for freedom of movement and gives durable waterproof protection.
However, the base layer is the foundation of effective protection. Jamie, Luke, Dan and Olly have all chosen wicking, anti-bacterial and chafe-free base layers. Kit essentials were odour-free Active Base Layer Boxer Shorts, the Evolution Dynamic Short Sleeve T-shirt with UPF40 protection, and the Active Base Layer Zip Neck Top and trousers with in-built muscle support. Protection from the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays during the day, and warmth in the bitter cold at night are vital for ocean rowing. The base layer is your foundation.
For the serious ocean rower, Musto provides the kit and accessories that will endure every challenge thrown at you by the ocean.