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MK’s Gear Picks for Fall Frostbiting

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Getting dressed for frostbiting can be tricky. Especially in the early season when the air can still be warm but the water cools off. As the big chill sets in here are a few gear choices that keep me warm and toasty while on the water.

 

 

 

 

A good base layer is the best defense against getting a chill. You want something that fits close to your skin and will wick sweat off your body. The Gill i2 Base layer is perfect. It fits well, is great for wicking and it’s made from scorched bamboo, so there’s active carbon in the fibers which means that this sweat-wicking base layer won’t smell.

The Gill Thermal Dinghy Top is a great crossover piece for those transitional days in the fall or spring when you can “get away” without a drysuit. Basically it’s the same waterproof, windproof, breathable, movable protection that you love in your smock top, but with a warm, fleecy inside. It also has a great neck collar that you can snuggle into to get away from the wind or spray.

For your bottom, Kokatat’s Tempest Dry Pant is wonderful. Fully waterproof and breathable, with socks attached to the pants, it’s essentially a drysuit cut in half. So, for dinghy sailors who beach launch, or crews who sail in a boat with leaks, you don’t have to worry about wet feet.

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