Shorty Cag Suggestions

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Shorty Cag Suggestions

Post by Yew » Wed May 07, 2014 3:49 pm

Hi All

The Summer (and my trip to the Alps) is coming, So I'm looking for a shorty cag to keep me not too cool and not too warm until winter comes back. So I'm wondering if anyone has any reccomdentations for a Shorty, or suggestions of things to avoid.

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Post by Wadhamite » Wed May 07, 2014 4:52 pm

Yew wrote:Hi All

The Summer (and my trip to the Alps) is coming, So I'm looking for a shorty cag to keep me not too cool and not too warm until winter comes back. So I'm wondering if anyone has any reccomdentations for a Shorty, or suggestions of things to avoid.

Thanks,

Ant
Does it have to be a cag? My boyfriend lives in his Nookie Ti (review here of the long sleeve one, but bf has the ss one http://playak.com/article.php?sid=8643 ). Sometimes he wears a long sleeve rashie underneath for extra wind/sun protection. It doesn't keep all the water out the way a cag would BUT you still come out with a dry torso (damp shoulders) and it's warm. Bonus: no neck rash.

I would have bought one myself, but they don't make a juniors/womens size, so I went for the long sleeve Billabong equivalent. Equally warm, but damper still - it doesn't have the same waist/arm seals as the Ti.
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Post by Mark Dixon » Wed May 07, 2014 6:11 pm

http://www.aswatersports.co.uk/shop/pro ... bf7a208ce2
I went with this Peak one from AS Watersports (did get a bit of discount from the price advertised) I wore it in Wales at the weekend and yesterday coaching and its very impressive, very comfortable too, I'm ready for the Alps now!
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Post by kayak1 » Wed May 07, 2014 8:44 pm

The Reed shortie is a good compromise, for price, thickness and doing a decent job..have a looki on the net!

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Post by Lancs_lad » Wed May 07, 2014 11:05 pm

I have the Palm Zenith. I like it, it is by far the best looking shorty on the market. Mine is still in one piece, but to be honest I dont expect to stay dry in a shorty so if the seams do go I wont cry about.

Shorty is definitely about style over function compared to any other item of kayak clothing. So on that note do not buy the Reed!!!

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Post by Mark Dixon » Thu May 08, 2014 7:10 am

Lancs_lad wrote:I have the Palm Zenith. I like it, it is by far the best looking shorty on the market. Mine is still in one piece, but to be honest I dont expect to stay dry in a shorty so if the seams do go I wont cry about.

Shorty is definitely about style over function compared to any other item of kayak clothing. So on that note do not buy the Reed!!!
I very nearly bought a Zenith but was told they had a lot of returns so opted to spend a bit more on the Peak, Reeds ok for summer paddling IMO, I have a long sleeved version I took to Austria last year and it was nice and comfy, just hot on the arms, It is also pretty tough, but doesnt really look great and smells funny after a while.
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Post by thefryers » Thu May 08, 2014 8:48 am

I went with an even cheaper Peak option here:

http://shop.peakukshop.com/epages/es140 ... /ssdw-0057

If you assume that you will get damp in a shorty, these have neoprene arms & neck and are super comfy to wear. I didn't think it was worth paying extra for latex arms only to have water seep in at the neoprene neck?

Cheers and enjoy the Alps,

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Post by Kayak-Bloke » Thu May 08, 2014 2:57 pm

I have the Zenith. Had it since last year worn it a lot. Wore it in surf a couple of weeks ago and again last night at CIWW. So it's already out for this year!

A great bit of kit.
Looks good, is warm and much drier than one expects after first seeing the the neck seal design! Highly recommend.

Can't comment on the returns thing other than to say I haven't had call to return mine.

Wish I was going to the Alps this year!

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Post by mountain_bikerider » Fri May 09, 2014 2:24 pm

2nd vote for the reed shorty. In black it does not look too bad. The reed stigma I think is with their tighter fitting rash vest type kit. My reed shorty has been the driest most comfortable shorty I have owned beating the bomber gear and an ir shorty cag deck. And at the price you can't grumble.

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Post by StoneWeasel » Fri May 09, 2014 3:24 pm

If you want a shorty cag then I don't think the Reed shorty can be beat for comfort or value.

I also like the Nookie Ti Top which is what I wear for surfing most of the time or the Lomo Hot top (their Ti Top equivalent) which I used until I lost mine in Portugal.

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Post by Mark Mulrain » Fri May 09, 2014 3:54 pm

Neptune wrote:IR Short Sleeve Arch Rival Jacket:

http://www.immersionresearch.eu/ukstore ... d=12013594
The only fully dry shorty cag I know about. I was using mine in October in Scotland last year.



There's also the Rival for a cheaper, semi dry option. This has been pretty popular over the past few weeks.
http://www.immersionresearch.eu/ukstore ... d=11185528

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Post by StoneWeasel » Fri May 09, 2014 5:04 pm

Mark Mulrain wrote:
Neptune wrote:IR Short Sleeve Arch Rival Jacket:

http://www.immersionresearch.eu/ukstore ... d=12013594
The only fully dry shorty cag I know about. I was using mine in October in Scotland last year.



There's also the Rival for a cheaper, semi dry option. This has been pretty popular over the past few weeks.
http://www.immersionresearch.eu/ukstore ... d=11185528
I love IR Cags for their comfort but having owned several variants of their X Jacket I have never found them particularly dry.
They seem to start getting damp really very early in their life. With half decent thermals though, the amount of ingress is not a problem and they are damn comfy.

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Post by Mark Mulrain » Mon May 12, 2014 2:04 am

The x jacket material isn't used any more. I do remember some stuff about them using a 3 later fabric, then switching to a 4 layer fabric the next season. That could have been why they made that change a few years back.

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