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This is why rowers wear the JL Turtleshell

THE JL PURIST TURTLESHELL

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 and your team.

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 What makes the Purist Turtle unique
  • Low Neck---avoids contact with your chin as you execute that perfectly relaxed finish.
  • High Front--it may feel short when carrying your boat overhead, but during a ten minute piece, you'll appreciate the perfect, smooth fit at your belly.
  • NEW Design features--Binding on the armholes and Contrast Flatlock Stitching allow you to use more color when creating your custom Turtle.
  • Click here to see a comparison of Turtle models and how they fit
 Turtles are Gender-Specific!  All styles made in Men's And Women's Cut!
 Specs on our Purist Turtleshell
 

The Original Purist Turtle
Original Purist Turtle 

Choose front and back fabrics based on YOUR climate!

  • You can make it the warmest of all the Turtles
  • Waterproof Hytrel (16 colors) or Splashlite (8 colors), or New E3 Sofshell (printable) on back and over shoulders
  • On the front, use one of our thick Four-way stretch tech fabrics-- Polartec Powerstretch (2 colors), New Thermo Roubaix (10 colors) or New Teflon coated Roubaix (black). 
Pricing
Quantity
Price
1-2
$72.00
3-7
$67.00
8-23
$58.00
24-59
$56.00
60 plus
$52.00

Upgrades for Original Purist
Add-on 
1-36
37-99
100 
 $9.00
$5.00
$5.00
 $14.00
$10.00
$9.00
Add Sewn Stripe
 $3.00
$3.00
$3.00
Napoleon Pocket
 $12.00
$8.00
$7.00

Fabric Upgrades 
Fabric
1-36
37-99
100 
SofShell E3
 $12.00
$9.00
$7.00
DWR Mesh
 $10.00
$8.00
$7.00
DWR Teflon Roubaix
 $8.00
$6.00
$5.00

NEW Consider a fully sublimated Turtle!

Purist TurtleLite with Layers
Purist Turtle Lite

Turtle Lite. For when you need  protection but are less concerned about the cold.

  • Midweight protection from Wind and Water
  • Waterproof Hytrel (16 colors) or Splashlite (8 colors), or New E3 Sofshell (printable) on back and over shoulders
  • Four-way stretch Drywick (20 colors) or New Shield (printable) gives supple fit.
  • Line the back with either Drywick or mesh--you decide on the level of warmth you need.
  • Rolls up into small wad to fit under your footstretchers

Pricing
Quantity
Price
1-2
$67.00
3-7
$63.00
8-23
$57.00
24-59
$55.00
60 plus
$51.00

Upgrades for Purist Turtle Lite
Add-on 
1-36
37-99
100 
 $9.00
$6.00
$5.00
 $14.00
$10.00
$9.00
Add Sewn Stripe
 $3.00
$3.00
$3.00
Napoleon Pocket
 $12.00
$8.00
$7.00


Fabric Upgrades 
Fabric
1-36
37-99
100 
SofShell E3
 $12.00
$9.00
$7.00
DWR Mesh
 $10.00
$8.00
$7.00

NEW Consider a fully sublimated Turtle!

 


 

Suuuuuper Light!
Purist Ultralite

More like a windbreaker--Made of Splashlite or upgrade to Gamex E3. Featherweight yet still protective!

  • Ultra featherlite, packs into a miniscule wad!
  • Water-resistant New E3 Gamex (Hi Viz or printable white) or Waterproof Splashlite (8 colors) protects your back & shoulders
  • No need to line the back--takes away ounces!
  • On the 4-way stretch front, use Drywick (20 colors), or go even lighter with our New DWR Mesh (white)
Pricing
Quantity
Price
1-2
$58.00
3-7
$51.00
8-23
$47.00
24-59
$44.00
60 plus
$42.00

Upgrades for Purist Ultralite
Add-on 
1-36
37-99
100 
 $9.00
$6.00
$5.00
Add Sewn Stripe
 $3.00
$3.00
$3.00
Napoleon Pocket
 $12.00
$8.00
$7.00

Fabric Upgrades 
Fabric
1-36
37-99
100 
Gamex E3
 $9.00
$7.75
$6.00
DWR Mesh
 $10.00
$8.00
$7.00

NEW Consider a fully sublimated Turtle!


 


Purist Turtle--How it Should Fit

The Purist Turtle has a surprising fit concept--you must be sitting in the boat to really appreciate how it works. We have different patterns for women and men, each has the same in-the-boat functionality.
Yessss, when standing upright or carrying a boat your Turtle will rise up!

A. When standing upright, the Turtle will be short in front. This is as it should be! Rowers spend little time upright anyway. Resist the temptation to pull it down or to get a bigger size if your belly shows. See image below...

B. Armholes are cut so that when at your full reach, you won't be chafed in front. Most people will be wearing a technical shirt of some kind under the Turtle anyway, but we don't want any baby-soft skin being rubbed raw.

C. See how the long tail lays flat over the lower back, even when standing! It is all about keeping you protected.

How it fits in the boat is the most important!

Here is a rower in the boat in his Purist TurtleLite--he is so happy because his JL Turtleshell will keep his back warm and protected in the wind and from his pair partner's backsplash!!!!

A. Notice that the front is now the perfect length--nothing extra, nothing curling over or getting stuck at the release.

B. High collar in the back, low V-neck in the front keeps the back of your neck warm and toasty but won't interfere with the motion of your chin.

C. The long tail of his Turtle lays flat against the lower back, keeping the lumbar region warm and dry. See that the tail will not catch in the tracks, as it is designed to float above.



For the best fit, choose your size based on these methods
  1. Very Best: Try on the product. Sources: Previously owned JL item, JL sizing Kit, teammate's JL item.
  2. Next Best: Send us your measurements on a team order sheet, contact us if you are unsure

Fabrics used for back of Purist Turtleshell

Dupont's Hytrel
DuPont™ Hytrel®: 100% midweight SupplexTM with Dupont Hytrel® Membrane 
Two-ply waterproof/breathable SupplexTM laminate shell fabric. The addition of an enhanced hydrophobic treatment to the Supplex outer layer enables waterproof DWR (durable water repellant) to adhere to the material for an extremely extended lifetime. The SupplexTM is then laminated to Hytrel®, Dupont's breathable waterproof membrane.  Bright and fast colors to match your team. 
Technical Properties: Waterproof, breathable, UPF Rating 40
Colors available: Black, Navy, Red, White, Royal Blue, Maroon, Burgundy, Athletic Gold, Forest Green, Kelly Green, Flourescent Yellow, Fuscia Pink, True Orange, Columbia Blue, Carbon, Regal Purple.

Flashlite®: 100% Nylon, 310 gram
If you are a backpacker, you'll recognize this one--made of nylon ripstop, our Flashlite is a featherweight, waterproof breathable fabric. It has a 2.5 Raised Coating layer, which means garments made with Flashlite do not need to be lined--you can wear it next to your skin. Colors are especially vibrant in this fabric.
Technical Properties: Waterproof, breathable, not sticky on your skin.
Colors available:
Black, Red, Navy, White, Royal Blue, Athletic Gold, Hi-Viz Flourescent (seasonal)
Gamex E3  Gamex E3: 100% Polyester, 100 gram
This textile is windproof and highly water-resistant. Enthusiastically lightweight with an ultra-elastic, hydrophyllic, 20u thick PU mambrane, permeable to water vapor (RET values of 5-15)

Technical Properties: Breatheable, stretchable, windproof, water-rejecting.
Colors available: White (sublimate-able), Black, Navy Blue, Hi-Viz yellow
 
Lightweight 4-way Stretch Choices
 E1 DWR Mesh E1 DWR Mesh: 78% Polyester, 22% Lycra, 180 gram
This lightweight mesh (used on side panels) actively absorbes persperation and allows it to pass through away from the skin.  The DWR (Durable Water Resistant) finish means that water actually beads on the surface and rolls away!  Amaze your friends.
Technical Properties: Breatheable, stretchable, water-rejecting
Colors available: White (sublimate-able)
  Drywick:88% Polyester extreme microfiber, 12% Lycra – 370 gram
Our workhorse full-stretch fabric at JL. This mid-weight strong yet supple fabric is perfect for most of our Technical Rowing garments. Drywick is constructed of the highest quality Microfiber and still boasts famous durability.
Technical Properties: Wicking, Anti-microbial, Microfiber Technology, and high UPF rating.
Available in our broadest color selection: Black, Navy, Red, White, Royal Blue, Maroon, Burgundy, Athletic Gold, Yellow, Forest Green, Kelly Green, Orange, Lilac, Columbia Blue, Academy Blue, Leander Pink, Regal Purple, Carbon Grey, Hi-Viz Yellow, Texas Orange, Platinum Grey, Turquoise, Cambridge Blue, and Penn Red.

 
Stretch Fleece Choices
 Malden's  Polartec® Powerstretch®: 94%  Polyester, 6% Lycra, 200 gr weight
FOUR-WAY STRETCH POLARFLEECE!!!! Double velour anti-pill fleece (the one we've all come to love) combined with lycra, this incredibly warm fleece features breathable body-hugging 4-way stretch.
Technical Properties: 4-way stretch, highly breathable, abrasion- and pill-resistant, wicking
Colors available: Black, Navy, Royal Blue in stock.

 
 ThermoRoubaix Fleece ThermoRoubaix®: 45%  Nylon, 42% Polyester 13% Lycra, 235 gr weight
Warp knitted FOUR-WAY STRETCH Single sided Fleece.
Technical Properties: 4-way stretch, highly breathable, abrasion- and pill-resistant, highly wickable
Colors available: 18-piece minimum on all colors: Black, Red, Royal Blue, Orange, Kelly Green, Active Pink, Turquoise,Navy Blue, Carbon

 

 Teflon Coated Stretch Fleece

 Teflon Coating!

 ThermoRoubaix Fleece

ThermoRoubaix®Teflon HPR: 45%  Nylon, 42% Polyester 13% Lycra, 235 gr weight
Teflon Coated Warp-knit FOUR-WAY STRETCH Single sided Fleece. Water resistant Fleece!
Technical Properties: 4-way stretch, abrasion- and pill-resistant, wicking
Colors available: Black in-stock 

Design your Purist Turtleshell

When you sit down to design your JL Purist Turtleshell, there are three important issues:

  1. Consider your body type and your climate; do you need the warmth of Powerstretch® Fleece all around, or is it just wind-break you are after?
  2. We have almost every team color in Hytrel and Drywick, however Flashlight and Powerstretch® Fleece colors are more limited.  
  3. Our design team has created Turtles with stripes and swirls--if you want to add some flash to your team design, don't be shy, just ask if there is something you don't see.
  4. We now offer fully sublimated Turtles.  Again, just ask.

 

Wanna see some pit-sures?
Create and color in your unique Team Turtle!

Photo Gallery

Design Studio

 

   


  • Why is the front so short?
    Don't judge the fit of a Turtle when standing up! If on land, get down to the floor in a "full compression" position--you will notice that the front is now perfectly situated for use when in the boat.
  • OK, but can I get it longer?
    Of course! We know that rowers can have super long torsos. Just tell your rep how much longer you want it, or you could try out our Sequel Turtleshell which comes longer to start with. But first, try the "compression" test!
  • So what's with the name?
    Wellll, this garment is quite turtle-like--hard shell, soft belly.  When I designed it, lo all these years ago the name just kind of stuck.  And it still makes sense.
  • How snug should I wear it?
    The Turtle is meant to be worn fairly snug--the 4-way stretch front allows this garment to lay smoothly over your belly. Besides, all you will be wearing under your Turtle is a suit and a techshirt, and these (even the thickest) will not take up much room.
  • Should I worry about getting the tail stuck in my tracks?
    Not at all! When sized correctly the tail lays flat; protecting your lower back completeley yet still "floating" far above the tracks.
  • No standard pockets on the Purist?
    Even the name "Purist" implies our company's attitude toward this garment.  All function, no bling. Having said that--we do offer pockets as add-on options, and they come as a standard feature on the Sequel Turtleshell. 
     
 
 
NO MINIMUMS on JL Manufactured items!
Never had 'em.  Get one, get 50--we treat every order with the same great attention
 
Rowers have been trusting their backs to JL for over twenty years.  That's when I designed the turtleshell--a unique and original garment. The JL Turtleshell fits and works because we have never scrimped on the materials or on the engineering.The first turtles had no zippers at all!  Imagine wiggling in and out of a zipperless turtle while in a single.  Joline Esparza
 

Hi Viz back

Hi Viz back shown with reflective Heat Transfer