Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Musto Performance Dinghy Smock

The Musto team has been at it again, this time providing forthe the skiff and performance dinghy sailors with the Performance DinghySmock. 100% waterproof and breathable with4-way stretch, Musto’s new smock acts as your first layer of defense againstthe windy, wet conditions you face in a dinghy. Made of 84% Polyamide/16% Polyurethane, the fabric combination is strong,lightweight, stretchy, and anti-tearing a.k.a. durable.

The Performance Dinghy Smock was developed in conjunctionwith Britain’s Olympic team GBR for their top end athletic dinghy racing. With no external Velcro tabs, there’s nothingto snag yourself on while moving around the boat. Musto’s smock is made for conditions in whichbeing completely dry is never an option.

In boats like skiffs or other performance dinghies, you’regetting wet…whether you’re wearing a spray top or not. This provides a waterproof, windproof, andbreathable option to keep your body temperature more regulated. With just a neoprene layer, you usually willfind your body temperature dropping more than you would like in coldertemperatures with high winds. Musto’s Performance Dinghy Smock help to solve this problem by pairing well with anywet gear.

The Good

The overall feel is nice and comfortable. It doesn’t have that sticky feeling that youmight find on traditional smocks. Thefit is designed for performance sailors, with long arms that allow you tomove. Super-lightweight. You barely notice it’s there and won’t…untilthat first wave comes, and you have a waterproof layer as your firstdefense.

The 4 way stretch is better than any other waterproof topI’ve tried on. The Musto MPX Smock onlyhas stretch on the shoulders – whereas the Performance Dinghy Smock has extremestretch throughout the entire garment. It’s great. With no Velcro orextras, you can move easily around the boat without snagging yourself. It can be easily worn above or below a life jacket or buoyancy aid, although personal preference with the buoyancy aidunderneath you can eliminate the possibility of getting caught on theboat. The sizing is forgiving, thanks tothe stretch built into the garment.

Overall
Sailing when dry is not an option; this would be a great topto have. It’s waterproof, breathable,and stretchy making it a great top over wet gear. Comfortable and minimalist, it will be agreat addition for any skiff or performance dinghy sailor.

The Bad

Musto’s new smock is not designed to keep you dry so ifthat’s a feature you’re looking for, this isn’t the top for you. The neck is a little hard pull over yourhead, though it seems wide at the neck once it’s on.
The wrists are just folded over and stitched fabric, makingthem not stretch well. If the wrists onthe Performance Dinghy Smock are sized well for you, then there’s no problem. However, if they’re a bit on the small side,there’s a chance you might rip a stitch or two the first time you put it on.

The top is not going to be the number one choice of all sailors. It will not fit the needs of all dinghysailors, namely those who can potentially stay completely dry with alternativeapparel options.

Overall
The top won’t work for everyone, making it a specialistpiece. Once it’s on, it’s great. But getting into it is a bit of achallenge.

Conclusion

Overall, the top is great for active sailors looking to findthat final layer, with no extras or tabs to snag while you’re moving around theboat. With input from team GBR, the topattributes of Musto’s Performance Dinghy Smock are it’s beingwaterproof, breathable, and stretchy. It’s a great piece.

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