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July 28, 2022 2 min read

What Layers Should You Be Wearing On the Water This Year?

Staying warm on the water is difficult, especially early in the season and in the winter. Here are some things to think about when purchasing your new sailing kit and how to stay warmer for longer on the water.

Water and Wind Protection

This is an essential part of keeping warm on the water. Spray along with wind is the main reason you will begin to get cold while sailing. Having a good waterproof/spray top will keep the spray and water away from your body.

Zhik Performance Smock is designed for dinghy and keelboat sailing. This smock is made from 3 layer fabric. An adjustable waist, neck and wrist. Super lightweight no harsh zips and seams that can restrict your movement.

Base Layers

You can think of base layers as a second skin. By having extra layers very close to your body you can hold and maintain the heat for longer before it would usually escape through other layers. The Zhik Hydrophobic top is designed to keep as much water away from your body as it can, made from a water-repellent thermal fleece inner. The stretchy material allows a close fit and combined with a wetsuit top provides an all-weather shield. A favourite item in kit bags worldwide.

Head Protection

Wetsuits are great but they don't cover your head and neck. Wooley hats and caps will cover your head but when getting wet they are not keeping your head warm. The Gill Polarclava can be used for a multitude of watersports alongside being easy to make into a neck gaiter.

Neoprene Socks

Neoprene socks have now become essential in sailing bags across the world.

Zhik were one of the early companies to bring this idea forward and keep your feet warmer on the water. Having cold feet on the water is no fun. The super stretchy and soft neoprene is great for avoiding numb feet for longer. Glued and stitched seams keep the water from gushing into your socks and the hydrophobic lining holds back the moisture that may make its way in.