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Old 04-08-2009   #1
Golden, Colorado
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Drytop verses Semidry top for front range

Hi, I am sure this has been covered and I tried searching but could not come up with anything. I moved to Golden last year and got back into boating after taking multiple years off. Last year I wore my wetsuit top from surfing in CA the past few years, but I think I want to upgrade to a good kayak specific top for this season. With that said I am not sure if I should go for a drytop or a semidry. I like the ease and comfort of the semidry, but not sure if I will find myself very cold because of this choice. I will spend most of my time on the front range with the occasional trip to the Glenwood area. Any help or tips would be great. Thanks

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Old 04-08-2009   #2
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why not get a semi dry and wear your wet suit? if not go with a dry top.

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Old 04-08-2009   #3
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Go with a drytop.
I started boating back east and had come out here with a semidry. I was fine for a season, but was irritated getting off the water soaked and colder than my friends with drytops. I couldn't take it anymore so I bought one. Getting a drytop vs a semidry will also be great if you decide to travel to colder rivers. Went to Oregon with a semidry, found out how stupid I was, and had to borrow a drytop.
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Old 04-08-2009   #4
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100% dry top, no question. I too learned to boat in the southeast and got a semi-dry top when I started. When I came out to colorado, I would be soaked and cold at the end of every run. It sucked. What I learned after getting a drytop was that the cold soaking I got sapped my energy much faster than if I was warm and dry. I think a semi-dry top might work fine for rafting or something of that sort, but for kayaking in colorado, or anywhere really, a dry top is much better. People tout the semi-dry as "more comfortable" because it doesn't have a latex gasket on your next. I think this is misleading bordering on BS. I find it much more uncomfortable to be cold and wet that to have a latex gasket. Good drygear will also allow you to paddle comfortably in the shoulder seasons in cooler weather and still be warm.
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