Sail safe and protect with the best marine clothing
Water, sun and wind: these are the metereological factors that usually strain technical clothing when sailing. Elements that were not missed during the special test we carried out on the sailing jackets and technical trousers made by VennVind, a brand that, maybe still little known, proved to be of a really high quality.
The test bench for VennVind items was the 2019 Rolex Giraglia. A windy special edition of the famous sailing race during which the crew of our Daydreamer wore these clothes for the 500 miles of day and night navigation they covered during both the race and their transfers.
VennVind light sailing jackets
We tested two models of sailing jackets: the short version, that is also the lighter one which reaches to the waistline, and the long version that, warmer, reaches to the hips. The latter is also equipped with a double closing zipper on the breast and a semi-rigid visor-equipped hood.
Both models are considered as light sailing jackets and therefore theoretically designed for coastal races and recreational activities where weather conditions are not supposed to be too harsh. This is why, for our adventure, we had also brought some heavier jackets in forecast of possible harsher weather conditions that, of course, we encountered but that, with great surprise, we had the possibility to face without difficulty thanks to VennVind jackets.
Our jackets did a good job for all the duration of the race, both during the first stage when we sailed close to the wind in a 30-knot mistral, and the following downwind navigation characterized by a very rough sea and 3-/4-meter waves that, sometimes, crashed against out cockpit.
Our jackets resisted very well the repeated water sprays that attacked our Daydreamer and they enabled us to stay perfectly dry for all the duration of the race.
In short, a good protection against the water columns you can encounter during a coastal race or a long Mediterranean competition, unless you are totally submerged by the waves. VennVind jackets proved to be excellent also in terms of temperature control. The materials which they are made of and the small vent holes under the armpits (the point that is most exposed to the creation of heat) ensured the ideal transpiration both in our static moments and the most demanding maneuvers under sun rays.
A clear proof of that comes from the fact that the crew that had received the jackets as a part of their on-board equipment never take them off. The only time when we didn’t need to put our jacket on during the race occurred during an air “bubble” that forced us to slow down before getting Giraglia; a boundary condition where even a t-shirt would have been unnecessary.
The Daydreamer’s crew appreciated these clothes very much since they proved to be comfortable, functional and technical. In short, they fully met the needs of each one of us, from the helmsman to the bowman who had the chance to experience firsthand how water resistance and transpiration capacity – both with wr 15.000 certification – are excellent.
Moreover, the value for money of these clothes is good. The short jacket is offered for sale for 219 euros while the long one costs 235 euros. It’s a really good price if you consider the technical characteristics and the amount of accessories they offer.