Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Musto MPX Race Salopettes Review


Some of the most popular foul weather bottoms we sell, the Musto MPX Race Salopettes are also a perennial staff favorite, so it’s no surprise we’re so eager to talk them up. Developed for inshore and offshore sailors who need Gore-Tex fabric technology without the weight and bulk. This is a high performance garment built for performance.

The cut is designed to be slim and form fitting with all the excess bulk removed, but they’re also flexible and easy to move around in. Largely for this reason we put it into the ‘buoy racing’ category; because of how athletic sailing around the buoys can be, but the garment is durable enough to handle almost everything you can throw at it. You could use this from inshore to coastal sailing without much issue. 

Looking at the garment itself the first feature that probably stands out to you are the wide shoulders. I personally prefer salopettes; the wide shoulder straps and high cut hold the garment close to your body so don’t have to worry about the shoulder straps falling off underneath your jacket or smock.

The only potential problem you might have with the salopettes is that if they don’t fit you well vertically (if you’re especially tall or short for your stature) then you can’t adjust them like you could a pair of bibs.

To make up for this lack of adjustment in the shoulders, Musto has also included straps around your kidneys so you can snug the garment around your waist. That way you carry less of the garment weight on your shoulders so it is easier to move around in. It also has the added benefit of reducing overall bulk around your torso so you’re not hung up on excess material.

To cut down on the bulk they have a simple, but durable water resistant zipper and gusset instead of a big overlapping gusset and Velcro flaps. There is also a large pocket on the thigh with attachment tab and a multi tool pocket on your waist. To protect the garment from non-skid and normal wear and tear Musto has reinforced the knee and butt with Cordura, a material known for abrasion resistance.

The most important feature is the material it is made out of: Gore-Tex. Anyone can make a waterproof garment but the challenge is making it breathable, flexible and durable and that is what you get out of Gore-Tex.

As far as fit is concerned I’d say they fit pretty true to size. At 5’9, 160 lbs I wear a medium which is pretty standard across the board with most every manufacturer

They’re among the most expensive salopettes we sell, but they’re worth it. You’ll get the Gore-Tex guarantee and will have many years of reliable use out of this garment. In conclusion if you’re the kind of person who expects the most out of their gear, then the MPX Salopettes are for you. Hands down these are some of the best sailing foul weather bottoms made … period.

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