Gear Reviews

Gear Review: Gill Apex Pro-X Jacket and Bib

WHAT IS IT?

GILL Apex Pro-X Jacket and Bib

WHAT SETS IT APART?

Leveraging the company’s roots in providing dependable foul weather gear for the competitive sailing world, GILL has created an all-season jacket and bib designed with proprietary XPLORE+ three-layer breathable/waterproof nylon and an exclusive XPEL water and stain repellent technology. Made to provide dependable protection from the elements, the Gill Apex Pro-X Jacket and Bib remain comfortably functional during strenuous activity in heat and humidity.

HOW DO I USE IT?

Available in XS-4XL, the Gill Apex Pro Jacket includes 20,000+ waterproof protection and Gill’s highest breathability rating. Vortex hood technology keeps the hood in place at high speeds, and there’s a YKK Aqua Guard front zipper and reflective panels for high visibility. The bib features fully-taped seams for dependable waterproof protection, high chest for maximum waterproof protection, stretch back panel for comfort and mobility, front fly zipper, front zipper pocket and side hand-warming pockets.

HOW MUCH?

$425 (each piece)

MORE INFORMATION:

Gillfishing.com

ANGLER’S INSIIGHT:

Read the summary of how/why Nick Gill founded his now internationally known company and it’s easy to understand the design motivation. Basically, during his foundational years in dinghy sailing, Gill’s frustration with the sport’s lack of specialized clothing inspired the lineup we see today. Details like that intricately designed Vortex Hood speak volumes. With three channels and air vents allowing air to flow over, through and around it, the hood benefits from what’s known as a slip stream effect, which keeps the hood in place while running.