After spending a rainy day on a boat watching the rigorous Volvo Ocean Race with team outfitter Helly Hansen, it was clear to me that the nautical clothiers know a thing or two about sailing. While they make highly-technical gear like their Ocean Survival Suit for the kind of extreme conditions most landlubbers only experience in the movies, the new Ask CIS Sailing jacket makes the perfect choice to shield yourself from water at both port and sea.
Its herringbone twill (coated in polyurethane) lends the waterproof jacket an aesthetic that closely matches the feel of their original 1877 fabrics, enhanced by antiqued metal fasteners that resemble Captain Helly Juell Hansen’s first outerwear pieces. Sealed seams, a high collar and a removable quilted vest for extra insulation and protection from the wind (or layering on its own), ensure the shell is fully functional and completely waterproof.
The Ask CIS sailing jacket comes in white or navy men’s and women’s styles, selling online from Helly Hansen for $450.