Sailing Collection 2017
A COLLECTION ENGINEERED FOR PERFORMANCE
Our sailing collections lie at the very heart of our brand. Our connection to the sea started with the first ever jacket designed by Mr Henri, that used Velcro as a fast fastener for the very first time (a development we take for granted today in most sporting apparel).
Each development and innovation since can be linked directly to our keen and direct involvement with some of the industry’s top pioneers and athletes. Today we are the proud clothing partner for Sir Ben Ainslie’s Land Rover BAR team, helping them compete at a level unlike any seen before; as they race super fast foiling catamarans in their bid to bring home the Louis Vuitton 35th America’s Cup in Bermuda next summer.
Developing kit alongside the team has pushed our design teams, sourcing and fabric technology to a new level, making some of the best kit in the market better still and we’re excited. Not only did Land Rover BAR top the leader board in the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series, but some of the industry firsts in terms of kit design are now available in our main kit collection.
For 2017 you’ll see new technology in our Elite range, with 30% faster drying times on wetted out product plus a brand new hood and collar design. Our racing range is more streamlined in look and feel; designed to be worn with a mix and match approach (perfect for different positions on deck) whilst still maintaining an overall team look. We introduce ‘StretchnSeal’ technology to keep you dry and comfortable so you can move as much and as quickly as you like and keep your mind on the sailing in hand. Plus new design innovation ‘Henri-Protec’ replaces the classic Cordura reinforcements on your favourite styles to give you a stronger film overlay which is tough and has zero water pickup to keep your garments light in terribly wet conditions.
With ‘back to the drawing board’ design comes new innovation, and none more so that our latest offering for 2017; the wetsuit. The first wetsuit in Henri Lloyd history we’re proud to say that our Shadow Long John and top, engineered exclusively for and in conjunction with Land Rover BAR, are fashioned not from traditional neoprene but Ventiprene – a super stretch, breathable neoprene that regulates body temperature, not just by trapping warm water against the skin like the traditional wet suit, but by allowing vapour to escape through small perforations in the fabric.
This means the suit works as well in the freezing waters of the UK as it does in say the waters in Bermuda. Of the new kit Freddie Carr of Land Rover BAR said ‘I’ve been wearing wet suits all my life and this is the best wet suit I’ve ever worn.’ A ringing endorsement that we’re all too happy to share!
We look at some of the best new pieces from the 2017 collection broken down into sailing type. Select your sport and read on…
OFFSHORE SAILING – WHEN PROTECTION MATTERS
Our Ocean Pro range remains the gold standard of our sailing wear collection. With the highest spec of any on the market this kit means business even in the most extreme conditions on earth. Be sure to layer your kit correctly to get the maximum benefit and remember that kit care is extremely important. Read our kit care guide for more information.
The newest innovation in the 2017 collection is seen in our Elite range; Elite 2.0. For the new collection we spent hours in design making the lightest most breathable offshore gear ever dry 30% faster than before. This from an innovation in fabric technology that puts Henri Lloyd kit light-years ahead of our competitors and makes ours the best in market for drying time. Our new custom fit hood system revolutionises vision and comfort in extreme conditions and allows you to lower the collar for ease of movement in calmer seas. In short, the best just got better!
Elite Racing Jacket
The newest addition to our inshore racing collection, for 2017 we introduce the Elite Racer Jacket; a lightweight, high performances shell unashamedly engineered for speed and performance. The jacket features improved fabric technology for faster drying time and incorporates design innovation such as the strech’n’seal cuffs and a zip off hood for personalised performance. The design is more streamlined than ever given less drag on deck and a sleek water resistant zip in an asymmetric design for comfort when layering multiple zips under the chin.
Shadow 3D Race Smock
A new generation of superior racing shells with stretch technology, the Shadow jacket and salopettes give maximum performance in high speed keel boats.
Super sleek in design the Shadow is perfect kit for crewing Fast 40 or for monohull boats where speed is your primary concern. With a Dartex neck seal and neoprene hem, plus unlined for faster dry time, the Shadow is perfect is wet conditions when your mind needs to be on the race.
New Wetsuit range
The ventiprene super stretch fabric makes the suit comfortable in both warm and cold conditions and the glued, blind stitching means no friction in wear for supreme comfort whilst also offering maximum durability. Perfect when you want to move fast on the water.