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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

How do I know that I can TRUST what you are telling me? (We actually made up this question ourselves so that we could tell you about SailingGear.Com.)
TRUST is a huge factor in this business. We are asking you the customer to TRUST that SailingGear.Com knows it's products and has your best interest at heart. You TRUST that we are buying the best possible garments for their intended use, and that we are dealing with manufacturers that have the highest levels integrity and produce the highest quality garments. We have worked very hard over the past 10 years to acquire and keep your trust. And we have no intention of loosing that TRUST. That's 10 years of providing great gear and great service to customers.

SailingGear.Com was founded in 1996 (we went online in 1997) for the sole purpose of selling sailing gear online. Our passion for sailing was the original motivator for getting us into this business. And it's what keeps us here. Founder/Owner Mike Glover has sailed many miles on sailing craft of all sizes and in a huge variety of conditions. We got into this business because we love sailing and because we love the people that are drawn to sailing. As far as we know, we were the first company to offer sailing gear online.  We deal only with the most reputable manufacturers that produce the highest quality products. We are a Gill 5-Star dealer (their highest rating).

 
How breathable are these garments, really?
Our sailing garments get more breathable every year. Of course the trick is to make them more breathable while at the same time making them more durable and more waterproof. To be perfectly honest, when the "breathables" first came out a few years ago, they were pretty mediocre. But huge efforts by the fabric manufacturers as well as the garment makers (such as GILL) have resulted in garments that are light years ahead of the ones of a few years ago. But we only know that now because the new gear is so good. I recently saw some test results done by one of the fabric suppliers that indicated that the "breathability" of the  fabrics in our latest garments ranged between 65% - 85% of the breathability of a cotton t-shirt. That's a huge increase over just 3 years ago, and it's getting better every year. The durability ratings of the newer fabrics are in some cases double that of a few years ago, while maintaining their waterproofness and breathabiliity.
 
Are closeouts/clearance items a good value?
Closeouts (Clearance items) can be a great value. Generally, most of the items that go on to the Closeout page are last year's stock (sometimes 2 years old). They are new garments in original packaging. But just like computers, last year's model is not quite as good as this year's. New fabrics, features and color combinations make the current year's garments just a little better. But this mostly applies to the technical garments (foul weather jackets, pants, etc.). It would not apply to casual items. If you like the color and feature set of a closeout item, there is absolutely no reason not to buy it.
 
Does spending more money buy me a better garment?
As with most things, the more you spend, the more you get. However, there is a point at which you can start spending more money than necessary by buying features or qualities that you don't really need. So if a $200 jacket does everything that you will ever need and you like the styling, you are overspending to pay $400 for a jacket, no matter how many gee-haws it has. And you might find that the $400 jacket gives you less enjoyment and utility because it is not designed for your type of sailing. There is definitely such a thing as buying "too much jacket (trousers, etc.)". WE DO NOT WANT TO SELL YOU MORE GARMENT THAN YOU NEED!!
 
Why should I buy a 'sailing garment' instead of a cheaper 'rain suit' at Bass Pro Shop or Cabelas (etc.), they look similar?
There's nothing wrong with the garments sold by Cabelas, Bass Pro, etc. They just aren't intended for sailing and serious boating. The garments sold by SailingGear.Com are technical garments, designed specifically for sailing and boating. These garments are made from the latest 'cutting edge' fabrics and are extensively tested for waterproofness, breathability, abrasion, and features by the manufacturer and by professional sailors on the world's oceans. Much in the way that NASCAR is the test bed for automotive ideas that end up in our every day cars, ocean races are the test bed for sailing gear. In the last round-the-world race, 'Pirates of the Caribbean', the 70 foot racing yacht chose Gill gear to keep them warm and dry.

These garments sold on this web site are in an entirely different league from the "rainwear" that you might find at you local sporting goods store, even though the "rainwear" is often designed to look like the real foul weather gear that you will find here. Our technical garments are far more waterproof, far more durable and far more breathable than the aforementioned 'rainwear'. If all you are going to do is wear it to the mall, almost any jacket will do. If you take your garment sailing, fishing or skiing you quickly discover the difference, maybe you already have.
 

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