Hot, cold or any temperature in between, feeling well while boating depends on the right apparel. Gill introduced the i4 Fleece Jacket as a midweight/midlayer that has a lighter, thinner feel than a traditional fleece without compromising thermal attributes, according to the manufacturer. Using polyester velour fleece, “the i4 provides exceptional warmth without the weight and bulk of traditional insulating fabrics,” according to Gill. It’s breathable, it dries fast and it keeps the wearer dry, because it allows moisture vapor to pass through the insulating fleece fabric to the outside with little resistance. Easy-grab zip pulls, deep mesh-lined pockets and a separate chest pocket for small electronic gadgets add utility.
The jacket is offered in black in men’s and women’s styles and retails for $95.
Gill North America, Buford, Ga. Phone (800) 822-6504. www.gillna.com
This article originally appeared in the November 2009 issue.