The Henri Lloyd design team has been working hard this winter developing the next generation replacement for the popular Breeze Line. The result is Cipher - which features impressive numbers. It’s 25% lighter and 33% more breathable than the Breeze.
Henri Lloyd’s Cipher line includes a jacket, vest, and matching waist pants. The jacket is available in a multitude of colors; red, bronze, black or silver. The vest and pants are available in black.
This is a no-frills, extremely comfortable range that has been constructed of TP1 Alpha fabric, a fully waterproof and windproof fabric that’s designed to transport perspiration and condensation away from your body. An abrasion-resistant mesh finish feels good against your skin and ensures comfort. A durable water-repellent (DWR) finish sheds water. Overall, it’s a great line with minimal extras, a great fit, and a price tag under $100.00. This line is going to be hard to beat.
Cipher Jacket & Vest
With a differential hem, it sits a little lower in the back - hopefully preventing it from riding up too much while hiking. It has a shockcord adjustment to ensure the right fit. The neck has a brushed mesh collar for increased comfort. It feels good against your neck, but will remain comfortable even on those really hot nights.
The inside is comprised of a single layer of fabric. With no mesh lining, there’s no bunching up of layers or difficulty putting it on if you’re layering or already a little wet when you’re told to keep hiking when the rain starts.
The best feature in my mind is price. It’s hard to beat a fully waterproof, breathable, lightweight, and packable jacket for less than $100.00. With this price, it makes decorated crew gear a little more affordable while still having the right amount of protection.
There’s no hood. It’s a personal opinion and quite the debate; but to offer my two cents, if you’re going for a rain jacket type feel, a hood is necessary. That summer thunderstorm is going to go straight down your jacket without one, and that’s not a comfortable way to sail.
First impressions are the most important, right? Well, I feel this jacket doesn’t make the best first impression. I worried it was a little too light weight. After further examination and a few laps around APS, I found it grew on me. The initial fear that it’s too light melted away, and I found it to be quite nice. With that said and to be clear, I would not want to be caught in the rain for an extended period of time. If there’s a passing shower or cool summer night, bring it on…
Overall, they would work well for those not sliding around on the deck. Great for the quick run down below before the summer shower, they would keep you dry and comfortable. However, with no reinforcements in the seat and knees, I would worry about their longevity.
Henri Lloyd’s Cipher is a great line of gear for the price. With fully taped seams, a completely waterproof set of gear isn’t easy to find for less than $100.00. Lightweight and breathable, you’ll be in good shape for that passing shower or cool night.