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Topic: Wetsuits....safety vs comfort  (Read 1726 times)

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My Hydrus Supernova still feels snug around the neck.

On the wrist gaskets, Kokatat recommended that I shove a can or bottle in them, a bit larger than my wrists, to let them stretch out a bit.  It took several days, but it worked.  Still snug, but not too tight.
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My Hydrus Supernova still feels snug around the neck.

On the wrist gaskets, Kokatat recommended that I shove a can or bottle in them, a bit larger than my wrists, to let them stretch out a bit.  It took several days, but it worked.  Still snug, but not too tight.
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I've been looking at the 3mm wetsuits, mostly for comfort.  It's mainly a safety consideration for me, for the worst case scenario of losing/sinking my boat and being far from shore.  I'm a strong swimmer and ab dive from time to time, but how much warmth is 3mm going to provide in terms of minutes?  After diving for 30 minutes in my 7mm ab wetsuit, I'm burning up and have to unzip the neck to let some water in!

The only times I've been on the ocean on a kayak was in Trinidad, and I wore shorts.  The first day was rough enough that it was almost pointless trying to paddle around the head, but I would have tried if I'd been in a wetsuit.  The second day it was glass in the morning and stayed that way for most of the afternoon...and in shorts I was HOT.  I want to be safe, but also comfortable.  Is that possible, or do I have to choose just one?
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I've been looking at the 3mm wetsuits, mostly for comfort.  It's mainly a safety consideration for me, for the worst case scenario of losing/sinking my boat and being far from shore.  I'm a strong swimmer and ab dive from time to time, but how much warmth is 3mm going to provide in terms of minutes?  After diving for 30 minutes in my 7mm ab wetsuit, I'm burning up and have to unzip the neck to let some water in!

The only times I've been on the ocean on a kayak was in Trinidad, and I wore shorts.  The first day was rough enough that it was almost pointless trying to paddle around the head, but I would have tried if I'd been in a wetsuit.  The second day it was glass in the morning and stayed that way for most of the afternoon...and in shorts I was HOT.  I want to be safe, but also comfortable.  Is that possible, or do I have to choose just one?

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I've been looking at the 3mm wetsuits, mostly for comfort.  It's mainly a safety consideration for me, for the worst case scenario of losing/sinking my boat and being far from shore.  I'm a strong swimmer and ab dive from time to time, but how much warmth is 3mm going to provide in terms of minutes?  After diving for 30 minutes in my 7mm ab wetsuit, I'm burning up and have to unzip the neck to let some water in!

The only times I've been on the ocean on a kayak was in Trinidad, and I wore shorts.  The first day was rough enough that it was almost pointless trying to paddle around the head, but I would have tried if I'd been in a wetsuit.  The second day it was glass in the morning and stayed that way for most of the afternoon...and in shorts I was HOT.  I want to be safe, but also comfortable.  Is that possible, or do I have to choose just one?

I have a 5mm farmer john style suit I use for fishing. Lots of guys will probably give you better advice than me, but I have gone in the drink and was in it upwards of 20 minutes and felt completely fine. I don't know how long I will last ab diving, but the top that goes over the bottoms doubles up, so it is 10mm from mid thigh to my neck. Only my arms and legs are 5mm. I don't wear the top while fishing and just wear a base layer and a waterproof windbreaker to keep dry. Like I said, I went in the drink with just the bottoms on and was sitting in it for 20 minutes without a single concern for my temperature. I think after an hour and a half to two hours you might start to get cold though.


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People always want to be comfortable, but you need to be safe in the water.  If you get hot in your immersion gear, pour some of that cold seawater on you - that'll cool you down.

Get something appropriate for the water temperature!
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My Hydrus Supernova still feels snug around the neck.
On the wrist gaskets, Kokatat recommended that I shove a can or bottle in them, a bit larger than my wrists, to let them stretch out a bit.  It took several days, but it worked.  Still snug, but not too tight.
The night before going fishing, I stuff a plastic Foldgers coffee can in the neck and Nerf footballs in the wrists. Feels much better in the morning.
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