It’s a lesson I’m still learning but one that keeps ringing true. It’s amazing what you can get if you just ask. “All they can say is ‘no,'” Phillip keeps telling me. I reached out to several marine apparel companies to see if they would like us to test their foul weather gear during the Atlantic-crossing in order to provide testimonials, photos and write-ups when we returned, and guess who stepped up!
I have been using their Third Reef Gear on the boat this past winter and was already impressed with the intuitiveness of the functionality and performance (think hand-warmers in the right places, waterproof seals where you want them (around your hands and neck) and easy access in the bib (ladies, you know what I’m talking about). I’m excited to give this gear a true run for its money across a big, sometimes cold and angry, body of blue water. Thank West Marine for the generosity and stay tuned here for a write-up of our thoughts on the gear during the crossing.
I thought when this happened (a real live HaveWindWillTravel sponsor?) that I might be getting a little too big for my britches, but turns out they have triple XXXL, so I think I’m good! Special thanks to Mike Montgomery at West Marine for jumping on this opportunity and helping share my story with more cruisers and West marine shoppers.