2018 Dame Design Award Nominated
Rooster® Exofleece long john delivers a 100% neoprene-free solution specifically developed and tested for people with a neoprene allergy and sensitive skin. With all the necessary features and reinforcements to suit high performance dinghy sailing, this long john provides the perfect solution.
The main material is a four-way stretch 1.2mm breathable membrane with a soft pile fleece lining, which provide appropriate thermal regulation, whilst wicking away excess moisture from the skin. We have applied a durable water repellent treatment to the outer surface to minimise water absorption and reduce wind chill.
Reinforcements at the knee and seat panels have been developed in our materials technology lab with the result of a lightweight open cell sponge, which we use in place of neoprene. This allows us to achieve the ultimate Neoprene free reinforced panels by bonding the sponge between a soft plush lining and a Duratex II flexible outer, where its construction mimics its neoprene equivalent. The synthetic sponge does not use the accelerants used in neoprene manufacture that trigger allergic reactions making this is a safe alternative to neoprene. The outer material is a mix of polyester and elastane giving the garment a ladder free stretchy exterior that protects from the harshest of deck surfaces while the soft plush lining enables the user to attach hiking and knee pads as required by competitive dinghy sailors. These layers combined produce 3.5mm of cushioning to enhance performance and comfort in these key high abrasion areas.