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Old 04-08-2008   #11
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Cold Weather Layering Strategies:
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Old 04-08-2008   #12
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Ok so i pretty much knew what i wanted to do for the top but what do you use for bottoms?Not sure if i want to front the money to get dry pants or splash pants are there any alternatives to these. I'm sure considering i spend a lot of time in the water I probably should get some though.
Any suggestions on all of this and what kinds of Pants.
Best setup is splash pants (IR) and either capeline (Patagonia), thick skin (IR), or Union Suit (IR).

Why wear 3 layers when one will do? There's nothing on the market that's warmer than expedition weight capeline or the warm IR stuff. Personally, if it's really, really cold, I wear the capeline. But, I can't tell a difference until it's a long day and I'm spending time in the water or portaging.

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Old 04-09-2008   #13
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Nice work Dan!
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Old 04-10-2008   #14
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i usually go with a base layer of fine Asian silk. Its smooth like butter on deeze nuts. I then put on a second layer of a 800 thread count Egyptian cotton robe. Then come the clincher, a battery powered electric blanket suit, made for people over 87. Not necessary, but when I get out of my dry top I like to look good so I go with a crushed velvet smoking jacket. The bunnies (shuttle) love it.
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Old 11-02-2008   #15
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has anyone ever used any helmet liners? If so which one?
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Old 11-02-2008   #16
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NRS Mystery Helmet Liner - Side Cut

I wear a Tdub and was pleasantly surprised the difference their ear covers make alone staying warm, but I normally do wear a skull cap in April and early May.

I dont like the liners that cover your ears, always seem to keep more water in then out if your rolling. Maybe I should learn to not roll as much....
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Old 11-03-2008   #17
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ok thanks man thats what I needed
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Wool Base layers(Smartwool, IbeX, Icebreaker) are the only way to go, once you start wearing wool you will burn all your capilene. It insulates wet or dry, and you can grab a beer on the way home without stinking like a rented wetsuit.

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