Packing for the perfect capsule wardrobe


Henri Lloyd

Packing the right gear to cope with changing weather conditions on and offshore can be a chore. Take too much gear and you’re weighed down with bulky bags – take too little and you run the risk of getting cold and fatigued without proper waterproof and windproof protection.

For the best days of your life, on and off the water, Henri-Lloyd has put together the perfect capsule wardrobe, compact enough to fit into a waterproof backpack, but extensive enough to cover all types of activities whether onshore or offshore cruising, racing round the cans or around the world, or just have a fun day out on the boat.

Start with the basics:

Henri-Lloyd’s NTS Aktiv Top and Aktiv Pant base layers are made from 100% recycled polyester. These warm, soft and comfortable long-sleeved tops and full-length pants provide the perfect blend of warmth when needed, and are breathable to absorb any body moisture.   Available in black and steel grey, and made by Odlo - the world’s largest manufacturer of base layers and sister company to Henri-Lloyd - these are a stable item in every sailor’s kit bag.

Stretch and Flex:

Wearing clothing that enables you to move easily, with plenty of stretch and flex is essential onboard. The Explorer range of shorts and trousers are made from 4-way stretch quick dry fabric, are abrasion resistant and the PFC free DWR fabric is water resistant. Incredibly comfortable to wear on and offshore, wear the Explorer shorts over the Aktiv pant base layer. With waterproof zips on the pockets to keep your phone, credit cards and essential sailing items such as tape and shackle key safe as well. 

Dri-Fast T’s and Polo’s:

Whether day sailing or off for a week or more, the comfortable, quick drying Polo and Tee, available in male and female fits, and with the long sleeve option in the Tee, are smart and practical, with added UV 50 protection designed to protect wearers from the sun.  Available in Navy, Red, Black, White and Titanium, these also make perfect team gear and look just as good in the bar, at the helm or on the rail.

Make the most of the mid layer:

Packing down into a tiny compact space, a good mid-layer jacket is everyone’s favourite go-to item.  Choose from the Smart-Therm, which offers the ultimate in mid-layer technology with smart body-mapping to target warmth, wicking and ventilation where it’s needed; or the high performing and versatile Aktiv Stretch, with its soft micro fleece lined pockets and a zipped chest pocket for valuables.  Made from recycled polyester, a mid-layer jacket can be worn under a shell to provide warmth, or on its own.  The quick drying fabric with high-wicking properties and thermal regulation ensures you stay comfortable at all times. 

And to top it all - Shell Jackets and Hi-Fit Trousers:

Henri-Lloyd offers a choice of highly technical outer-layer jackets.  The Elite offshore range is designed to meet the demands of sailing professionals and passionate enthusiasts on longer and more exposed journeys and races. Engineered from Henri-Lloyd’s revolutionary three-layer Dri-Pro fabric and available in striking black and power orange colourways, catering to both men and women, the range includes the Elite jacket, Elite hi-fit trousers and Elite dry top.

Also at the pinnacle of the range, but designed more for active racing, the M-Pro Range - available in striking black and navy – comes in three-layer Dri-Pro fabric.  Catering to both men and women, the M-Pro range comprises the M-Pro Jacket 3.0, M-Pro smock 3.0 and M-Pro salopette 3.0. 

For inshore and coastal sailing, there’s the choice of Biscay and Sail jacket.  Both offer water and windproof protection with a mix of features depending on personal preferences. Or if you’re looking for the perfect all-rounder, the Breeze – with the Cool Breeze fleece lined version for extra warmth – is just the ticket. 

The Coastal range of Hi-Fit trousers, suitable for men and women, are designed to team perfectly with the Biscay, Sail and Breeze jackets and come in a choice of navy and red.

And it all fits into the Storm Dri Back Pack:

The fully waterproof, compact Storm Dri Back Pack is perfect for the capsule wardrobe- making it easy to carry and store onboard – keeping space and weight down to a minimum whilst still knowing you have all the gear to cover all eventualities from the best day of your life on the water, to a long offshore cruise or a race around the world.

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