Even a fashion dork like me must admit that a fine foulie jacket is key to a sailor's gear portfolio. By "fine" I mean weatherproof, breathable, comfortable, stashable and versatile, i.e. it won't make me look like a troll when worn out of context.
All that sounds mutually exclusive, but Atlantis Weathergear solved this puzzle by incorporating user input into the Microburst jacket. It's the workhorse of my wardrobe, because it does so many things so well. It supports my active lifestyle, which is focused on - but not limited to - boats. Its nylon shell is water- and windproof, light, compact and breathable. It has adjustable waist draw cords for proper fit and pit zips to keep cool while riding a bike or trimming the main. A microfleece-lined collar makes it comfortable to wear and the mesh-lined pockets swallow sundry items, including phone, wallet and bulky remote entry car keys. The Microburst is available in a variety of colors, with or without hood, and retails for $135. Atlantis WeatherGear, Marblehead, Mass. Phone (877) 333-7245. www.atlantisweathergear.com