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Old 14 September 2015, 09:19   #11
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I use a typoon dry-suit in winter but usually chest waders in summer.I Have bought loads of different types of wader over the years for fishing and boating by far the best are Bass boots made to measure last for years and years not cheap but well worth the money I wouldn't use anything else Bassboots.co.uk
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It looks massive on the trailer,but tiny in a big sea!
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Old 14 September 2015, 10:05   #12
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I allways use waders even if wearing a dry suit. I just like to leave getting wet for as long as possible as you stay warmer if dry. PS I mostly use my ribe for diving and snorkling.

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Old 14 September 2015, 13:53   #13
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I'm a surfer so I normally wear an old wetsuit out on the boat. They usually fall apart around the shoulder so I just cut the arms off and relegate it to boat use. Lots of good deals this time of year for summer suits, just add a pair of wetsuit boots for around 20-30.
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Old 14 September 2015, 14:45   #14
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I canoe as well and have a set of the Palm trousers. I combine this with the HH coat when required, dry cag when needed or swop out for the dry suit when really bad.

But this happens rarely as the dry trousers and coat combination works really well.
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Old 14 September 2015, 14:55   #15
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I usually launch from a relatively sheltered beach or a slipway and found stockingfoot breathable waders to be the most comfortable. Stocking foot is a better option for me then you can choose your footwear, even oversize cheap trainers may suit and be more comfortable than the boots many waders come with. Neoprenes can get v warm and you have more options with what you wear under breathables. Drysuit when it gets colder, though if you go down that route i would go for something with a neoprene neck collar rather than latex.
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Old 14 September 2015, 15:39   #16
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How do flotation suits work then? Do they have tight seals at all openings or do you need footwear that joins them.
Not actual seals. They usually have some sort of "cuff" or restiction that stops the water rushing on quite to quick - thus reducing the swearing (and potentially life threatening cold shock) when you fall in. It also helps to keep the water in the suit so like a wetsuit it warms up. I'm a big fan of flotation suits, I don't usually go as deep as you though - I seem to have perfected the art of going just above my wellies! Every bloomin' time! Occassionally I'll need to go a bit deeper (usually if with the family) and even if I get mid thigh deep on launching the flotation suit keeps me warm for the rest of the day. There are some draw backs though, you'll be wet getting in the car (unless you get changed) whereas with some alternatives you'll just have to strip off the outer layer. Another is that on a warm day you are slowly steamed in your own juices. Finally when you take rain or spray over the top it can get down the neck so you aren't dry (but will warm up quickly).

For all weather Sibbing a drysuit is probably the ideal choice especially if you can afford a breathable one. I've never liked latex neck seals for more than an hour or so, and latex socks are very vulnerable to damage so for me these would push towards high end suits that can cost as much as an entry level SIB!

I use wetsuits for other activities and certainly for extending the season beyond shorts it would be an affordable choice. Beware though they can become a bit uncomfortable after several hours (I've never tried ladies hosiery!) and whilst flotation suits just look like hardcore oilies and so not totally our of place around most shore side villages/cafes you may feel conspicuous popping to get some icecreams or a pint of milk in your skin tight trousers!

I have a kayak dry top - I've always wondered whether the seal between dry trousers and dry tops was any good - I suspect spray/splash rather than swim resistant?
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Old 14 September 2015, 15:51   #17
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I boat year round and a dry suit is the business.
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Old 14 September 2015, 15:59   #18
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I would have a look on kayak web sites they do lots of fishing kit for the sit on kayaks, get a surface suit cheaper usually have socks on but you can buy rock boots form dive stores or even Welles if you get hot not many days like that just jump int oggin to cool off but under garments are still important to protect from wind chill even in dry suits whilst underway.plnenty of talc on the seals to stop seals sticking and act as a lube between skin and seals.
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Old 14 September 2015, 16:39   #19
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Me and the wife both have the Peak Storm pants teamed with a Peak cag as we also have kayaks. Breathable and waterproof so ideal for launching. They've never let water in yet and although I don't really feel the cold my wife has never complained of being cold with them on yet!
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They've never let water in yet ...
Is that just launching and spray or have you been for a proper "dip" ? I'm quite tempted...
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