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Old 30 October 2013, 21:36   #1
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Wet weather gear for smaller ribs/sibs?

We all know inflatables are wet, but the smaller ones I find more so, our current is 2.85m.

I considered getting a surf wetsuit and just putting a lightweight rain jacket over this.

What do others dress up in on choppy days?
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Old 31 October 2013, 04:43   #2
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We all know inflatables are wet, but the smaller ones I find more so, our current is 2.85m.

I considered getting a surf wetsuit and just putting a lightweight rain jacket over this.

What do others dress up in on choppy days?
if you want to go proper job a dry suit is the way to go. you can wear nice warm clothes underneath and remain 100% dry even if you happen to fall in.
they are not cheap though.
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Old 31 October 2013, 05:46   #3
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I agree, a surface drysuit is the way to go if you want to stay dry, I've found that they don't have to be a mega expensive luxury either.


For example, you can pick up a half decent suit for 350, a Musto jacket and leggings can set you back a damn sight more and you still get wet from the neck and sleeves.
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Old 31 October 2013, 06:26   #4
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For many year when coaching windsurfing, a wet-suit with a lined Waterproof Jacket worked for me.
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Old 31 October 2013, 17:36   #5
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On a really small budget.

Starovic did you get cold often? I have a surf wettie already, I could just get a jacket.

Id love a dry suit though, one that when you fall in doesnt fill up with water.
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Just a thought, as I use my sailing / kayaking gear when the weather is iffy - however you can get some good waterproof motorbike kit cheaply. Lidl and Aldi often have some stuff - but check the back of Ride magazine for their best buys - some reasonable kit by most accounts without the "marine" price premium ( although not full drysuits they are prettty adept at keeping the water out )
I've also found the cheap microfleeces ( about 6 ) from decathlon to make a reasonable mid layer for the money.
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Dry suit for me but I do also use wetsuit too and a waterproof jacket over the top helps as if the neoprene gets wet the wind will soon chill you as it sucks out any heat very quickly!
Years ago when I used to dive a lot I would still put on a cheap waterproof coat after a dive to keep the wind off me neoprene dry suit helped keep me warm.
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Old 01 November 2013, 19:05   #8
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Makes you wonder why windsurfers use wetsuits if they get freezing after being in the water.
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I spent $25 on my drysuit. Of course I did have to put a zipper and new seals on it, but I usually keep that stuff lying around. Typically though the only time I am out in more severe conditions is when scuba diving, and then I always have my scuba drysuit on.

For windsurfing I often wore a wetsuit, but when the water got cold, I wore a drysuit.

Other times we are in jeans, and regular street clothes...we get wet.
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When your in a 9ft SIB its wet every day :-)

Where did you get a $25 drysuit?
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