BR1 INSHORE VS BR2 OFFSHORE: WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE?
Confused by BR1 and BR2? Need clarity on the difference between these high-performance fabrics?
We hear you.
IT ALL COMES DOWN TO WATERPROOF RATING...
BR1 and BR2 are two of Musto’s proprietary high-performance fabric technologies. Both exceed the industry standard for waterproof protection, but BR2 products deliver a higher waterproof rating and are designed for unpredictable days out at sea, whereas BR1 products have a slightly lower waterproof rating and are better suited to calmer excursions closer to shore.
The best waterproof jackets keep you dry on the outside, but also on the inside. The key to this is breathability. Both BR1 and BR2 fabrics are highly breathable - with BR2 clocking a slightly higher breathability rating due to the more active style of sailing it caters for - and will keep you comfortable and 'twice as dry', without compromising waterproof protection.
We sat down with Musto Product Marketing Manager, Hugh Brayshaw, to help us further understand the technology behind these products and the benefits they bring our customers.
THE BR1 INSHORE JACKET:
"You get a lot of jacket for your money with the BR1 Inshore. Key features helping to protect you from the elements are the inner and outer cuffs that prevent water entering up the sleeves, and a high collar blocking water and wind at the neck. If you are travelling distances of around 10 miles along the coast, always in sight of land, and expecting calm to moderate seas, this jacket is going to keep you very comfortable and protect you from chilly winds, rainfall and water spray."
THE BR2 OFFSHORE JACKET:
"BR2 gear can be taken further offshore where you are more exposed to the elements. The features are very similar to that of the BR1 Inshore jacket - double cuffs, high collar and full hood - but the fabric has a higher performance rating. When you are more exposed you can expect more spray and waves to come over the deck which is why BR2 has a higher waterproof rating than BR1. Slightly rougher seas also makes coastal sailing more active than inshore cruising, and this is where you will feel the benefit of the more breathable BR2 fabric."