Before I start banging on about features and specs in this Gill OS1 review it’s worth pointing out that premium apparel costs money.
If you opt to buy the OS1 series you’ll have some of the best sailing foul weather gear for at least the next 10 years.
Having to equip myself for the delivery of a new Lagoon 42 catamaran from France to Croatia recently, the need for reliable and resilient sailing gear was non-negotiable.
My choice fell on the Gill OS1 Series, consisting of a jacket and trousers. Here’s my full and comprehensive review of the gear.
Review of the Gill OS1 Ocean Sailing Jacket
After taking the Gill OS1 jacket out on the water, its high performance in repellence of both water and stains stands out. Built to endure the rigors of ocean sailing, it’s clear that this jacket is made with durability in mind, evident in its hand wash care instructions and robust fabric composition—nylon with polyester panels.
I felt as though the nylon shell was robust enough to protect against the elements without sacrificing the flexibility needed to navigate a vessel. I think you’ll appreciate the thoughtful consideration for articulated movement paired with the protective elements.
Feedback from my peers in the industry consistently notes the jacket’s quality. I can assure you of a level of craftsmanship that matches the jacket’s functional promise.
Review of the Gill OS1 Ocean Sailing Trousers/Salopettes
In my experice I actually eneded up spending more time in the trousers than I did the jacket!
For this reason your comfort is paramount
Overall, the OS1 Ocean Sailing Trousers by Gill are a solid choice, albeit with one rather large caveat.
the high-rise style aligns with that, ensuring good coverage and fit. Care is straightforward, giving you the option to machine wash or opt for dry cleaning.
It’s clear that these trousers were crafted with utility in mind; the presence of a utility pocket is a testament to functionality.
The high-rise style aligns with that, ensuring good coverage and fit. Care is straightforward, giving you the option to machine wash or opt for dry cleaning.
But, the design isn’t without its quirks. My biggest gripe with them is the lack of a ‘pee hole’ or easy access in the crotch area, which is a step back in design compared to earlier models from Gill.
Online Purchasing Experience
After thorough research, I went to purchase the necessary gear. My choice was a UK-based website with attractive deals and reasonable shipping rates, allowing me to buy the equipment through my company within Europe. There, I selected the needed items and placed them into my online shopping cart.
If money is no object or you are a professional sailor who demands the best of the best then I would say go for the OS1 Series or the Meris from Mustang Survival.
But if you can’t justify the price tag then you could look at Gill’s OS2 Offshore Series. You’ll get yourself a jacket and trousers for just a little more than just the OS1 jacket.