Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Tech Short Review: Gill UV Tec Shorts

Katie B. takes you through the Gill UV Tec Shorts. Available in men's and women's versions. 

Earlier this year, I picked up a pair of Gill UV Tec Sailing Shorts for my active weeknight sailing season ahead. I honestly didn't have a lot of expectations with these shorts, but since I just needed a lightweight, non-padded pair to wear once or twice a week on a J/70, I decided to give these a try. I’m glad I did!

When I first tried them on, I was a little skeptical. They are extremely lightweight and soft so I was worried they wouldn't hold up very long, but the fit and the length were too good to pass up.

 Honestly, anytime I find a pair of women’s sailing shorts that fit well, I just have to give them a chance. These shorts have far surpassed my expectations. I've been wearing them about 1-3 times a week this summer and I still haven’t managed to destroy them. That is definitely saying something!

As I said, the shorts are very lightweight, but they are also durable, quick-drying, and they offer UV protection, making them an “all-around” pair of sailing shorts. They’re very easy to move around in, they have adjustable straps for a better fit, and the pockets have more to offer than you would think. I've mainly been wearing these for keelboat buoy racing, but they can also be worn for point-to-points, distance racing, day sailing, and cruising. I even find myself wearing these onshore a lot, as well.  They’re that comfortable.

These shorts were designed for sailing in warm climates, but they’re versatile enough that I plan to wear tights under them so that I can continue to wear them into the fall. I definitely want to get as much out of them as I can! If you’re in the market for a non-padded pair of sailing shorts, you’ll want to check these out.

1 comment:

  1. I was wearing a pair of these when I went to Kings Dominion a few weekends back and the design of the pockets caused my cell phone to slide right out while heading up the first hill on the first coaster. I still don't have a new phone yet.... otherwise these pants rock. The plastic ring on the waistband also has a tendency to turn sideways making them just a little too big.