Cold Weather Apparel For On The Water

October 05, 2021

Cold Weather Apparel For On The Water

Being prepared for cold and potentially wet practices is crucial for fall and winter training. Staying comfortable will let you train and perform your best!

The key to dressing warm is layers. It's better to shed layers than to not have enough, right? On top, a baselayer will help wick the sweat you produce while working out, keeping you dry. Next is an insulating layer to keep you warm. If it is very cold, then you may want an additional warm layer, and if it is rainy, then you will want a waterproof layer to protect you from the elements. Of course, don't forget the bottoms and accessories, as well!

Today, we want to share some of our favorite JL apparel for those cold or wet practices, so you can stay warm and continue to perform. We also ask our Team JL Ambassadors what their go-to outfits are for colder days.


1. Drywick Tights Navy

Made out of Drywick, a mid-weight strong yet supple fabric, these tights are constructed of the highest quality Microfiber and boast famous durability. They are unisex and are designed for the rowing motion, with a high back and stretch down the length of the leg.

2. Wild Oar Men's Pro Panel Quarter Zip Navy

Our men's pro panel performance quarter-zip has extended sleeves and added thumbholes. Pullover has neck protection to prevent friction and a relaxed fit for multiple activities. Great for layering for additional warmth.

3. Classic Sequel Jacket Black

Our classic midweight sequel rower jacket now comes in black! This is the premium on-water jacket! This jacket comes with CC pockets, napoleon pockets, H20 pocket, and a rain hood. Made with water-resistant, lightweight, breathable fabric! 

4. USRowing Women's Full Length Legging Light Camo

These official USRowing, all-season leggings, are perfect for any activity. The four-way stretch, high moisture-wicking material makes this pant a go-to for morning practice or for sporting around town. 

5. Men's Sequel Turtleshell Hi-Viz

Made out of Thermo Roubaix on the front combined with waterproof Hytrel on the back, it keeps your core warm and dry during those cold, wet workouts! The JL Sequel Turtle makes you feel absolutely protected when rowing. Great snug fit with full movement.

6. USRowing Women's Quarter-Zip Navy

This USRowing performance quarter-zip has extended sleeves and added thumbholes. Pullover has neck protection to prevent friction and a relaxed fit for multiple activities. Great for layering for additional warmth.

7. Thermo Mesh Capri Orange

Designed to minimize distractions and maximize comfort, these tight-fitting crops offer light compression with full freedom to move.

8. Women's Purist Turtleshell Navy

Made out of stretch Polartec Fleece on the front combined with waterproof Hytrel on the back, it keeps your core warm and dry during those cold, wet workouts! The JL Purist is all about being in the boat. If you want a very rowing-specific vest, the Purist Turtleshell is the one for you!

9. Men's Thermo Tech Shirt Orange

Our thermo long-sleeve tech shirt is a great baselayer for staying warm. Stand out in the orange, or try the purple, black, high-viz, and red. Also available in Women's!

10. Women's Scallop Jacket Hi-Viz

Stay safe on the water in our Hi-Viz Scallop Jacket! This jacket has thumb holes so it is the perfect zip-up for layering on the water and around the boathouse. Not to mention the high visibility color and performance knit fabric gives added protection. 

11. Three Piece Pogie Set Black

Rowers don't let rowers wear gloves. Pogies allow a bare-hand grip for maximum oar control while giving you the ultimate thermal protection in frigid conditions. The three piece set is ideal for sculling and sweeping on either side.

12. Script Logo Beanie Navy/Gold

Keep your melon warm and rep JL in this beanie with an athletic gold embroidered JL logo.

Team JL Spotlight: Michael Toutloff

"Cold weather rowing for me is all about layers. This time of year, it can be cold when I get to the boathouse but the temperature can shoot up 15-20 degrees while I’m on the water so I need to be able to peel down as it warms up. The Sequel is great over a short sleeve tech shirt and with trou for early Autumn so I can keep my core warm and dry. In early Spring or end of season in October, when it can still snow, I will swap the trou for my JL tights and occasionally a splash jacket for that extra layer of warmth."

Above: Michael is wearing his JL Avocado Long Sleeve Tech Shirt under a Sequel Turtleshell from his first year as an Ambassador, and the Pride Regatta Dog Trou.


Team JL Spotlight: CeCe Aguda

"The regular splash jacket is my go-to for cool weather rowing when it’s too cold for a vest and not cold enough for the cox jacket. I wear the hi-vis and other jackets with hi-vis on them to increase my visibility as I row alone. The Row for the Cure one is bright pink so I wear it a lot too.
For fall and spring, and even early summer mornings in the pacific northwest, the vest is a must. The vest and splash jackets have a zippered pocket on the lower back where my keys sit safely in a ziplock baggie, and a napoleon pocket on the front to hold my sunglasses till after the sun rises. 
My favorite really cold weather gear is the coxswain splash jacket. It’s lined with fleece and has kangaroo pockets also lined with fleece. I row with this in the winter with a tech shirt and a thin wool shirt under it. When rowing sweep (especially in bow pair in an eight) in the winter, it is wonderful, as you can warm up your hands in the kangaroo pockets while sitting out during drills.  
For the bottom, I wear trou under all capris or tights. The capris I wear at home because I beach launch and wear knee high neoprene booties over thin wool socks. Tights would get too wet when beach launching.
I wear the quarter zip heavier shirts - the USRowing hi-vis is standard all winter. I will also wear the other heavier long sleeve tech shirts if I am wearing a wool shirt under it that has a quarter zip.  I need to keep my neck warm and the quarter zips are a must when it is cold out. I have a couple of the tech shirts with the hoods and wear them a lot - though the light hood tends to flop around, I like how it keeps my neck warm."


Left: CeCe is wearing a Sequel Turtleshell Vest over a long sleeve tech shirt, with a hi-viz hat on top

Right: CeCe is wearing her favorite custom Sequel Jacket on a chilly morning. 

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