Keith Musto, Olympic medal winner in sailing, founded his clothing company in 1964 and since then it has become the world’s leading offshore sailing brand - so when it comes to sailing apparel Musto know what they are doing and this jacket is a prime example. The MPX Offshore Jacket is designed to spend a considerable amount of time on the water and Musto are the only sailing apparel manufacturer with the license to use GORE-TEX - a brilliantly clever material that allows perspiration to escape whilst keeping water spray, rain or snow out. The GORE-TEX is bonded with the outer shell and the inner lining creating a 3 layer effect but without the layers moving about individually thus reducing the wear and tear meaning the jacket will last longer and comes with the promise, “Guaranteed To Keep You Dry”.
There is so much going on with this jacket I’m not even sure where to start, as well as keeping you warm and dry against the harshest of weather for long periods of time, the florescent roll away hood has width & height adjustment and a rigid hood peak to carry run-off water away from your face, combine this with the inner and outer adjustable cuffs means nothing is getting into this jacket. A high fleece-lined collar and fully adjustable and pre-shaped spume visor increases protection and adds to the warmth, hand warmer pockets on the chest and lower front are lined with fleece to keep hands warm and dry. The zips are protected with a double storm flap and a drainage channel, the large storage pockets are lined with mesh for drainage and are easily accessible to their contents even whilst wearing gloves. There are life jacket attachment points so you can take the life jacket and sailing jacket off and on at the same time which is a great idea.
For added safety on the sea there is reflective print on the front and back and photoluminescent prismatic reflectors (glow in the dark bits) help increase visibility in low light. At the bottom of the list of important things to consider when looking at sailing clothing is probably stylishness but on top of all the technical features of this jacket it also manages to look good as well as being a joy to wear. The Musto MPX Offshore Jacket is tough on the elements whilst being gentle on the wearer and provides everything you could need during your adventures Offshore. RRP £499.99 but is currently on sale so grab one now!
5 out of 5
Ultimate technical offshore jacket
Harsh weather protections
Warm and comfortable to wear
Available in 5 different colours
Hard-wearing and long-lasting