Faithful Friend(s) - Musto GoreTex Mid Layer

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No, I'm not talking about my co-director Andy Burgess (although he does put the hours in and works bloody hard) but the scruffy jackets we are both 'modelling'. These Musto Gortex mid layer jackets, like me, are showing their age. Mine is over ten years old and Andy's is only very slightly younger. These days the jacket is only available in the 'Carbon' colour but the performance is just as good as the originals. Over the last ten years, wearing this jacket to protect me from the elements, I have probably climbed 300 odd masts, measured sails, fitted canopies and sprayhoods in all sorts of weather, sailed the North Sea, almost circumnavigated the Canary Isles and raced in many a winter series. Often accompanied by my Musto GoreTex mid layer salopettes the system has never once let me down. These days the jacket has so many marks from dirty masts that it never looks clean however Grangers 2 in1 is used to great effect every three months getting most of the grime off and revitalises its water repellency. As for Andy's, i'm not sure if it's the jacket or the talent of skipper Tony but wearing it has helped them win more than their fair share of the River Tyne winter series! Underneath the mid layer, Andy’s secret ... Gill base layer. Me, I stick with my Mustos

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