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psyalan
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Wet Suits

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Hello all,
Theories abound what to wear on the water. Can I just ask, has anyone worn a full wet suit whilst paddling, if so what was it like, was the suit a 3mm or 5mm, did they paddle for a day in it..ish.
It is just that people say that they are too tight or constricting and cannot be worn for paddling.
I would love to hear of any experiences, thanks in advance.

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I've got a long John one that's fine. Paddled in a 3mm full one once and wouldn't do it again to be honest.

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I (and a lot of others) wear a wetsuit for surf kayaking which generally involves a lot of time getting wet and usually only out for a couple of hrs at a time.

For general sea kayaking where you are predominantly dry and possibly out for hours on end you will be hot, sweaty, uncomfortable and possibly end up chafed around the arm pits ! If you already have a suit and it gets you on the water as a temporary measure, great. Otherwise a drysuit or cag + trousers combo is a MUCH better option.

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All true. For me, I have an old long john to wear with cag. Fine in summer for a knockabout. Gets cold standing about on the shore though. One step better I think is Reed bib and brace type paddling pants _more air on the skin and a cag to suit the conditions/activity. Better still is to get a dry-suit and /or an effective rolling technique. J.

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Thanks guys, I am kayaking a few years, I have a dry suit, well dryish, but i do not really like wearing them as they make me sweat a lot.
I intend experimenting with different methods to try to find an alternative.
I was out on Wed in a shorty 3mm, underneath it a wicking layer, top and leggings (polyester) and a light cag and dry pants, have a heavier cag, Palm Oceana, but it's not cold enough yet.
I went for a swim, Wicklow Head, and the pants let in a few cup fulls at the waist, (does'nt seem to be possible to stop this), so got wet but was fine, top and bottoms wet, stopped for lunch, fine. The layer under the suit which is not my idea, works
I am though thinking a bit ahead and thought that I might cover the legs and arms in a full suit, not now I think, just the legs perhaps as in the long john and a fleece over the suit in the cold.
I do not suffer from the cold much, but in the event of a swim in Jan, Feb etc.....Dakar, what do you wear under the combo in the winter, do you swim?

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In normal sea kayaking I cant remember the last time I swam for real so generally wear a very thin base layer under my drysuit or combo. If its cold I'll increase the thickness to a thin fleecy base layer or add a mid layer in the real depth of winter.

If stopping for lunch in the colder months I will always ensure I have a jacket and /or warm layer to add as the thin layers are really not enough when not exercising.

If Im planning on a rolling session /adventurous paddling where there is a REAL chance of lots of rolling or swimming I will add a warm fleece layer but I could not paddle all day in that as I would suffer real heat exhaustion ! Obviously everyone is different though.

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Thanks Dakar, I got overheated once, a bit, nearly as bad or could be, as hypothermia, a problem all right
I can swim, not a lot, but still learning some stuff so possible, great to hear what you are wearing, thanks
Doing L4 training this weekend, will be wet....

@ John, ta, yes a bombproof roll would be good

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psyalan wrote:Thanks Dakar, I got overheated once, a bit, nearly as bad or could be, as hypothermia, a problem all right
I can swim, not a lot, but still learning some stuff so possible, great to hear what you are wearing, thanks
Doing L4 training this weekend, will be wet....

@ John, ta, yes a bombproof roll would be good
Over heating gives you reason to practise your roll (if you can't roll do an Eskimo rescue)

I once went kayaking on an escorted tour (couple of day trips) off Vancouver island. Weather was very warm for the time of year (about 23) but the water was less than 10. All I had taken was my drysuit and despite having what I would regard as just about adequate amounts underneath in the event of a swim I did quickly get too warm. A dunk in the water every 30-60 minutes was enough to be comfortable. Everyone else on the trip was wearing t shirts so ~I did get some jibes for my prudence.

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CM2 wrote: Everyone else on the trip was wearing t shirts so ~I did get some jibes for my prudence.
Ah but,if it had all gone wrong you'd have survived in the water and those folk in their T shirts.......
Tony

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Many thanks all for the replies, a great help as always.

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