Its Fall. It’s rainin’. Its cold(ish). And kinda windy.
And I said to hell with the normies, I’m going kayakin’!!!
So, trying out some of the gear I purchased over the last several months, and the real reason I wanted to get iut besides seat-time. Level6 drytop: 5 stars. Didnt capsize, but I did do some hipflicks and didn’t get a single dribble in. The forward hatch on Serena leaked so I did get wet feet and ass but they aren’t out in the breeze. Level 6 Pogies: 3 stars. Kept my hands warm but are such a generic cut with limited adjustment (read NONE) that I would only want them on cool water, not COLD. Granted, if its whatcha got, its whatcha run, but hands will get chilled in these, just not as fast as being exposed. (I also have diving gloves that I usually use so the combination may work better, but haven’t tried it yet)
Lemorecn 5mm wetsuit bottoms; I fell in love with these earlier this year. In combination with the doubled tunnel of the drytop, the tunnel of the sprayskirt, and whatever drywear is underneath all of that, my core CAN NOT get cold. I know some will say I should just go full bore drysuit, and I may yet, but this setup does quite well, is adaptable, and in this region, more than enough to keep paddling year-round. (Why did I fall in love with a wetsuit bottom? Cuz relief isn’t a mad body twisting scramble away.)
If I move to a coastal area, a full drysuit is definitely in order. (It all depends on how long you will be immersed. Here, I can get to shore quickly. In an ocean, it may be a bit before I can get back in my boat and the shore may be a distant memory.)
One thing I love about rainy day kayaking: no power boats. Other than a lone fisherman standing on shore, I had that entire lake to myself. I saw one bassboat early on before I put in, but never saw nor heard him again.
Now if I could find some way of making this pay,,,,