Gill Hydrophobe Down Jacket

Warm, light and perfect for inshore and coastal cruising while still stylish enough for the pub, the Gill Hydrophobe jackets have impressed the team at MBY HQ no end.

This is a cracking mid-weight option that’s not bulky and restrictive and keeps you well protected from the odd soaking and warm and toasty while crewing.

Though they look great, down jackets have traditionally lost insulation when they get wet. To avoid this Gill has treated its duck down insulation with a water-repellent finish, resulting in down that resists water more easily and dries quickly if it does get wet.

As a double layer of protection, the outer shell of the jacket is also water-repellent and windproof. On test the Hydrophobe jacket (the range is available in men’s and women’s models and gilets) proved warm, dry and really comfy and has an adjustable hem, two outer zip pockets and an internal chest pocket for valuables.

The Hydrophobe is also very easy to stow away in a little cuddy, rather than bulkier jackets that take up a lot more room.

Style and substance catapults this jacket into the MBY Cool 50. Deputy editor Jack Haines put it through its paces during the 2017 season and gave rave reviews. “I really like the fit of this jacket. It is easy to stash away on a trip, is fantastically lightweight and it doesn’t have the bulk of a lot of marine jackets so is a lot less cumbersome when crewing.”

If you’re in the market for a good-looking jacket that will keep you warm and dry, the Gill Hydrophobe range is one of the best mid-layer options on the market.

Price: £125