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Old 07-18-2008   #1
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What to wear?

Just got a shorty wetsuit and I don't know what (if anything) to wear underneath it. I will be paddling a self-bailng ducky and sitting in water all day. Will clothing under the suit get wet?

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Old 07-18-2008   #2
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yes it will. they are generally worn naked, but you could go with a super thin rash guard of poly or even light wool.

With a shorty in a ducky you will freeze your but off unless you are out on a hot day in mellow water.

If there are consistent rapids you will be wet and cold if you are out for more than just a little while.


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Thanks for the info. Should be warmer anyway than swim shorts and PFD only I usually wear.
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Old 07-18-2008   #4
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Most ducky boaters wear the farmer johns, a rash guard/neoprene top under a splash paddle jacket/drytop for a reason. You'll probably freeze your ass off without full coverage on your legs. Sitting in the water, is definately colder than kayaking.
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