New Boat & Gear Review

Gill’s OC1 Racer Jacket

by SAIL Editors, Posted March 1, 2014

Take off for your next wet and wild ride on the ocean in Gill’s OC1 Racer Jacket, which will keep you warm and dry with its waterproof, three-layer laminated fabric, fully taped seams, and SuperFabric protection that guards against spray and wear and tear. 


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