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Old 23 February 2019, 05:50   #1
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Clothing for small rib

OK - making bit of transition from Kayaks/larger boats to small Rib. My Rib is 275 for solo use so expecting to be wet. Was planning to wear my drysuit for all but hottest days. Now I realise risk of immersion less than with kayak but only too aware of water temperatures for most of year. Question for those with Drysuits - how long throughout year do you tend to wear them? Do you find them a bit too boil in the bag once air temperatures rise? Would I be better just with set of oilskin bottoms and wet feet from launching?
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Old 23 February 2019, 10:30   #2
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I wear my dry suit every time I go out regardless of sunshine ect im not a strong swimmer and even in the summer the sea can be cold so for me better safe than sorry
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Old 23 February 2019, 11:39   #3
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Rarely use mine, but do use my Palm dry trousers unless it's shorts weather. When combined with the Henry Lloyd coat covers most weathers.
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Drysuit nov-apr then wetsuit with a cag or shorts if it’s properly hot, you get wet but on hot sunny days you dry out pretty quick neoprene boots are a good idea though....

Wind chill is more when travelling at a good lick and your not doing the effort you are on a kayak so bear hat in mind being able to layer up can help
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If you are going out sole I would advise drysuit you only get one chance so better to be safe than sorry
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Old 23 February 2019, 12:52   #6
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+1 for a dry suit. Cold water shock is what you're initially trying to avoid.
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Dry suit all year increase decrease layers as needed and jump in the ogin for a cool off
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For me itís a dry suit when in the sea. That water is very cold most of the year.

For Lakes I just dress for the time of year. Summer Iíd wear shorts. Colder weather Iíd be back to my drysuit. Itís nice to be dry after youíve launched your boat .
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Dry suit all year increase decrease layers as needed and jump in the ogin for a cool off
+1 for drysuit.
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Drysuit or a good wetsuit if you're in waves or there's a risk of going in.

I used to go diving in a small inflatable. I'd spend 30 or 40 minutes diving then climb back aboard and come back in. I preferred diving in a semi-dry suit, which is a thick wetsuit with flush fitting ankle and wrist cuffs. My torso would have 2 x 8mm of neoprene.

A drysuit with a good undersuit and a warm hat will keep you warm in most conditions, at the expense of being too hot in some. If you buy a drysuit, choose one with a comfort zip.

I am in the Dinghy Cruising Association, which is mainly for people who use sailing dinghies. Some of them do cruises of several days, camping and sleeping aboard open dinghies. Many of them prefer to wear two piece oilskin suits for the versatility.
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