What do you wear when surf kayaking???

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What do you wear when surf kayaking???

Postby SpearoT » Tue May 16, 2017 8:54 pm

Hey guys,

There seems to be a fair few different opinions out but not too much good discussion from what I find via Google, so I thought I'd throw it out and see what the masses seem to use.

I've just got an old second hand IC which I'm gunning to get wet and sorted the rest of my gear but Im a bit stumped on this so I'd appreciate any product recommendations or combinations!

Originally I was looking at a Typhoon multisport 4 full drysuit, then I saw a lot of people seem to just be in surf wetsuits, then some were in long john wetsuit pants with a crag top so yeahh Im pretty much clueless right now lol.

So what does everyone else use?

Thanks!

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Re: What do you wear when surf kayaking???

Postby MaverickvRS » Wed May 17, 2017 9:11 am

Bearing in mind that you may fall out - whatever you're happy swimming in the sea in... It depends on the water temp, air temp, time of year etc...

Kayaking gets a lot less fun the colder you get (in my extensive research)

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Re: What do you wear when surf kayaking???

Postby John K » Wed May 17, 2017 12:22 pm

Drysuit in the winter. Neoprene shorts and a dry cag when it warms up a bit. Thermal layers depending on conditions.

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Re: What do you wear when surf kayaking???

Postby DJM » Wed May 17, 2017 2:31 pm

A Nookie Ti vest and neoprene legs or board shorts depending for 9 months of the year, sometimes the cag option for Spring and Autumn chilly winds.
A dry cag or drysuit with thermals for the other 3 winter months depending on how soft I'm feeling. A skull cap and 5mm wetsuit boots too when it's really cold. Wish I didn't but hate wearing gloves when paddling so I just grin and bear that one in Winter
I tend to produce a lot of heat surfing but when I get cold I get out

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Re: What do you wear when surf kayaking???

Postby warren » Wed May 17, 2017 9:26 pm

I have some 3mm thermal long johns for sale on inland/white water.
i wore them in the summer and winter with just a gag over the top in summer and a thermal long sleeved top in winter.
i surfed on the north sea and never over heated in summer and never got cold in the winter unless it was rely bitter.
I dont kayak any more due to an accident at work which knackred my back.
Have a look at my post on inland/white water.

Warren.

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Re: What do you wear when surf kayaking???

Postby Jim Tait » Thu May 18, 2017 11:26 am

3/4/5 full wetsuit for most of the year.....I Still swim more than I'd like to....
But i think I'll try for a 3/2 for the summer months this year for the 2 or 3 warm days :-D

Jim

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Re: What do you wear when surf kayaking???

Postby RobL » Fri May 19, 2017 7:54 am

I think a lot depends on what you mean by surfing. For me this is quite an active experience.
Also the local breaks I go to, my vehicle is quite nearby when I get out. If I am cold when I get out it's only a few minutes to dry clothes.
Also I am in Brighton, so always a warmer than Jim!!
I wear a 2mm long sleeved neoprene top and long legged bottoms through the winter. I sometimes wear a rashy under it or a Reed fleece if it's really cold.
Summer board shorts and short sleeved neoprene top.

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Re: What do you wear when surf kayaking???

Postby SpearoT » Fri May 19, 2017 12:45 pm

Hey thanks guys.

So its seems many people don't wear waterproof for wetsuit trousers.

From what I can read between the lines, its seems if you are expected to go for a few swims (like I will most likely do as a newb!), then wear something suitable for getting dunked, and if you are most likely to stay in your boat then you can be more relaxed with your options - does that seem about right?

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Re: What do you wear when surf kayaking???

Postby Colin C » Fri May 19, 2017 5:06 pm

Its always a balance of dressing for immersion and being comfortable. I use a 3/4/5 wetsuit in summer as I am in Scotland, and in the Spring and Autumn I wear a full hood and rash vest, as well as Poggies. In winter its a dry suit, I tend not to use it all year as they are expensive and a wetsuit works well for me, and reduces the wear on the dry suit.

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Re: What do you wear when surf kayaking???

Postby SpearoT » Sat May 20, 2017 6:31 pm

okay thanks guys, appreciated :)

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Re: What do you wear when surf kayaking???

Postby Jim Tait » Sun May 21, 2017 5:05 pm

It was warm enough today for a shorty wetsuit :-)

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Re: What do you wear when surf kayaking???

Postby Junior » Mon May 22, 2017 8:18 am

4/3 wetsuit with boots, gloves and hood in winter.
Begin to loose the extras (except boots) as it gets warmer.
Nookie Ti long sleeve top and Nookie wetsuit trousers when it gets warm.


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