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Tech Update - Drysuit or Long John?

12/04/2017

With the 2017 collection we provide gear for all types of weather conditions, but what should you pick when the circumstances are constantly changing? Learn more about the best products in our monthly Tech Update!

TECH UPDATE APRIL 2017 - DRYSUIT OR LONG JOHN, WHAT TO WEAR?

The 32nd edition of the Easter Regatta is about to start! The Magic Marine Easter Regatta is one of the highest level regattas in the Netherlands with a lot of international competitors and of course the Dutch National Team members. Officially spring  in Holland has started, but the elements always stay pretty unpredictable. Both a drysuit with layers underneath and a long john will keep you warm and dry. This tech update might help you to decide what to wear when facing the elements. 

A DRYSUIT: COMFORT IS KEY! 
The big advantage of a drysuit is just what the name already tells you, it protects you from the elements and keeps you dry. Underneath a drysuit you can wear one or two layers, depending on the temperature out there. Our bipoly vest and pants are an ideal first layer. They need to be worn next to the skin for optimum comfort and help to regulate moisture, keeping your skin dry. Bipoly can be worn underneath your Drysuit, Foul Weather gear or even your wetsuit. 

The mid layer, like our fleece, needs to be worn over the base layer and is necessary in cold(er) weather to provide insulation. This layer acts as a thermal insulator by trapping air from the body and warming it up between the layers. It should be more loose-fitting than the base layer to support moisture transfer but sill tight enough to promote the trapping of air for warming. 

The shell layer, in this situation the drysuit, is the top layer that protects you from the elements. This shell layer is always protected by an inner lining to limit moisture on the inside and promote breathability. When choosing a dry suit, remember this: you're in it to win it! So don't open zippers for fresh air and take your time when you need to use the toilet.

Hidde van der Meer (13 years) is sailing an Optimist since 2012:
Until last summer I mostly sailed in a drysuit, it's easy to wear and relaxed to stay dry. Nowadays I wear a long john and Magic Marine top more often. It makes it easier for me to move around and it gives me a better feeling of  my boat, which is important for me as the level of competition is getting higher.”
Hidde van der Meer

A NEOPRENE WETSUIT PROVIDES OPTIMAL FREEDOM 
When you don't fancy wearing a drysuit because you feel all wrapped up, what else can you wear? The 80% M-Flex 4mm neoprene long john is developed using high quality material and the latest technology to create our best winter long john yet. And it's a perfect alternative. It features a polar lining combined with 70% M-Flex neoprene for maximum stretch and comfort designed to crossover the necessities of flexibility and warmth. Combining it with the Ultimate 3mm Neoprene Top protects you all over from the cold. Not such a technical issue maybe, but seriously, when you need to pee often the neoprene long john is your best friend.

Henri Demesmaeker, 16 years old and sailing on the Nacra17 for Belgium: “I would recommend the 4mm Long john if you want to keep warm and very flexible, in combination with the 3mm Neo Top you are ready to stay warm and rock in every type of weather. ”
Henri Demesmaeker (hiking)
When you really want to play safe and want to go for a fullsuit instead of a long john the Magic Marine Ace wetsuit is your best deal. This DryTec quickdry wetsuit is an outer layer and mid layer in one. The fabric dries 3 times faster than standard neoprene linings. The lining feels as a soft wool sweater and is placed in crucial locations in the chest and back to ensure maximum comfort.
 
MORE INFORMATION
Every month we'll send out our Magic Marine Tech Update, with quotes from sailors related to an upcoming event. You will also find the Tech Specs at the end of this message. When you need more information or photos of our products? We're more than happy to help you out. It's also possible to talk to one of our team riders for more information. Please contact our Team Manager Linda Bomhof at Linda@mbrands-international.com.
 

TECH SPECS

REGATTA DRYSUIT FRONT-ZIP. UNISEX / JUNIOR. RETAIL PRICE € 529,99 / € 499,99 
Magic Marine’s distinguished drysuit designed for extreme cold and wet days. The lightweight and breathable suit provides full waterproof protection through developed material technology. It features a TIZIP® dry zipper front entry system with Metalite GlideSkin© neck and cuffs, for added comfort and ease of use (junior model are latex on blue model to allow for room to grow). Further Cordura© reinforcement is added to knees and seat part to increase durability.


MATERIALS MTECH3.0 PERFORMANCE TECHNOLOGY fabric / 1050D Cordura© on knee and seat panels / W/P (waterproof): 10,000 mm / MVP (breathable): 5,000 g/m2/24hr  
REGATTA DRYSUIT FRONT-ZIP
FEATURES
  • Stitched & taped waterproof seams
  • Metalite GlideSkin© cuffs and neck (Junior Blue model has Latex neck)
  • TIZIP® dry zipper on front
  • Hook and loop closure adjustable waist strap
  • Cordura© reinforced knees and seat part
  • Waterproof latex socks
  • Leg pocket for essential items
  • Weight: 1,785 kg for the XXL

BIPOLY VEST L/S HYDROPHOBIC / UNISEX. RETAIL PRICE € 59,99

Soft fleece lining on the inside combined with a spandex outer layer makes this top not only warm but also water repellent. Smart technology alongside slim fit construction keeps you warm and comfortable even when wet. Can be used as a base layer during cold days or as an outer layer on warmer days.
BIPOLY VEST
MATERIALS 88% Polyester / 12 % Spandex 

FEATURES
  • Lightweight soft fleece lining
  • Seamless
  • High neck
  • Quick drying for extra warmth and comfort 
  • Hydrophobic outer layer repels water

ULTIMATE LONG JOHN, 4 MM NEOPRENE, MEN & JUNIOR / WOMEN. RETAIL PRICE € 199.99 

80% M-Flex 4mm neoprene long john developed using our latest material and technology to create our best winter long john yet. It features a polar lining combined with 70% M-Flex neoprene for maximum stretch and comfort designed to crossover the necessities of flexibility and warmth. Combine with the Ultimate 3mm Neoprene Top for all over protection from the cold.

MATERIALS: M-Flex 80% Neoprene / Polar lining on chest and back for warmth and comfort / 4WaySupertex reinforced seatpart, knees and shinbone with additional shin protection
  
ULTIMATE LONG JOHN, 4 MM NEOPRENE
FEATURES
  • GBS (Glued Blind Stitched)
  • Critical taping
  • 4WaySupertex reinforced seat part, shinbone & knees with extra padding
  • Propads attachment capability
  • Relief zipper
  • Easy entry shoulder straps with hook and loop closure adjustment
  • Non slip ankle cuffs
  • Specific thickness distribution thoughout for maximum manoeuvrability and comfort
  • Water drainage holes on lower back panel 
  • Raw edge ankle technology to fit well with boots
  • Contoured panels for a good fit

ULTIMATE VEST, L/S 3MM NEOPRENE, MEN / WOMEN. RETAIL PRICE € 119,99 NEW!

70% M-Flex 3mm neoprene vest; ideal for wet, active boats in cold-water conditions. Merino lining on chest combines warmth, comfort and odor controlling properties. Can be worn as a single layer against the skin, or as an outer layer for extra wind protection. Specifically designed for sailors’ comfort with clever thickness distribution in the panel layout. Combine with a long john in boats where manoeuvrability is key.

MATERIALS: M-Flex 70% Neoprene / Merino wool Lining
ULTIMATE VEST< L/S 3MM NEOPRENE, MEN/WOMEN
FEATURES
  • Flatlock stitching
  • Soft, comfortable merino wool lining
  • Water and wind protection
  • Clever thickness distribution for added comfort and manoeuvrability
  • Can be worn as a base layer or as part of a layering system
  • Slim fit

ACE FULLSUIT, 3/4 FRONT-ZIP, MEN / WOMEN . RETAIL PRICE € 339,99 

Leading sailing wetsuit design is the ACE wetsuit with its advanced technology and materials that allow you to begin the day ready for the conditions. The DryTec quickdry wetsuit revolutionizes the current offering to the sailing community. Within an innovation lab, this fabric has been developed and tested and dries 3 times faster than standard neoprene linings. The lining feels as a soft wool sweater and is placed in crucial locations in the chest and back to ensure maximum comfort.

MATERIALS: M-Flex 100% Neoprene / “Drytec” fast drying neoprene / 4WaySupertex reinforced seat part, shinbone & knees
 
 
ACE FULLSUIT, 3/4 FRONT ZIP MEN / WOMEN
FEATURES
  • GBS (Glued Blind Stitched)
  • Critical taping
  • 4WaySupertex reinforced seat part, shinbone & knees
  • Glideskin neck closure
  • Double entry front zip
  • Propads attachment capability
  • Relief zipper
  • PK front-zip
  • Non slip cuffs
  • Hook and loop ankle closure
  • Aquabarrier
  • Minimal panel layout with clever thickness distribution for added comfort
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