The Water Impact Protection (WIP) Pro-Tec Pant by FORWARD Sailing is a “Game Changer”! Imagine: Sail without concern for cut or bruised knees or shins. Perhaps the first Lycra based sailing pant, the Forward WIP Pro-Tec pant features 6mm thermoformed high protection for the knees.
Integrated thermoplastic sheets are located in strategic locations such as the hips, thighs, bottom, and shins. The lycra material allows for breathability, provides compression, and UV protection. These pants can be worn a la carte in warm conditions, over neoprene in cooler conditions and/or under drysuit in cold conditions.
Heads-Up: The stock on hand is “first generation” and there are some “first product issues”: Knee & Shin Pads want to part ways with the rest of the pant. So while this is dishartening, the up side is that everyone who purchases these pants, and who experiences pre-mature seam or other failures, will get a new, improved pair in about early 2016.