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Offline JeffGoudreau

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Cold Water Paddling Wear
« on: May 24, 2008, 02:03:43 pm »
Well its May and I can finally strip a bit...Im not to fond of the latex around my neck...So Im excited about the spray wear again...The water is still pretty chilly but so long as Im not dumping the load Im comfortable with layers and spray gear...Just wondering what everyone else is using for cold water paddlewear...
Im using the Kokotat version of drysuits http://www.kokatat.com/product_detail.asp?code=gfe
They keep ya warm and dry and arent that bulky...They use goretex material...
For footwear I use a couple layers...I suppose I should have gotten the full suit so I could minimize the other junk...I use Mountain Equipment Coop products...Socks and boots... http://www.mec.ca/Products/product_detail.jsp?PRODUCT%3C%3Eprd_id=845524441894713&FOLDER%3C%3Efolder_id=2534374302700471&bmUID=1211651852372 http://www.mec.ca/Products/product_detail.jsp?PRODUCT%3C%3Eprd_id=845524442622947&FOLDER%3C%3Efolder_id=2534374302700471&bmUID=1211651852368

I also use the MEC cold weather paddling gloves and caps under my Toque...

So happy to be done that for a few months...But hey it kept me warm and dry and safe from the QCI winter elements and man can it come up quick and make your day miserable...

So whats everyone else using?


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Re: Cold Water Paddling Wear
« Reply #1 on: May 24, 2008, 06:11:50 pm »
nothing... ;D

keep close to shore or try to.

actualy i will get a 2 piece dry suit soon..or should i say around september..still not sher a kakatat or a level six a local company that make as great product if not better..will see.

but it sher is safe to wear one off those wen fishing cold water condition.

couls save your life if something ever happen.

link to level six..an ottawa company.

http://levelsixinc.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=75&Itemid=1087

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« Last Edit: May 24, 2008, 06:14:03 pm by joco »

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Re: Cold Water Paddling Wear
« Reply #2 on: May 24, 2008, 06:12:44 pm »
 I do have a 3mm wet suit that i could wear save me a couple min to go back on if something happen but not mutch help for a long period in frigid water.


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Re: Cold Water Paddling Wear
« Reply #3 on: May 25, 2008, 02:28:20 pm »
I am really trying to figure this out at the moment myself. I don't have the $800 plus for a skookum full drysuit so I am probably going to opt for the pants and a Goretext jacket layered.

Change of topic here but deals with one of our Canadian iconic paddling retailers, MEC.  I am originally from Vancouver and have always been an MEC supporter but a reader of my blog sent me a link to a story in the Western Sportsman http://www.westernsportsman.com/content/view/139/137/

It suggests that MEC is against fishing... ???.  Well worth the read. 

What do you think?  Sorry to be off topic but interesting nonetheless.
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Re: Cold Water Paddling Wear
« Reply #4 on: May 25, 2008, 02:48:14 pm »
You see this is reason enough to use a SIT kayak instead of those open sleds you guys use... I stay much dryer in those wet wave filled days and don't need half the gear that you do to stay that way...

You really should try it out you know... you just may like it... or maybe talk to your suppliers and get them to design something that combines the best of both categories...
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Re: Cold Water Paddling Wear
« Reply #5 on: May 25, 2008, 05:29:31 pm »
I Just use the full wet suit and the SIK... don`t encounter much for weather thats not expected on the smallish lakes we frequent in Nova Scotia.
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