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Old 06-09-2011   #1
Toronto, Canada
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What to wear for grand canyon kayaking July?

Running the grand canyon this July and wondering what to wear - high air temp low water temp will a drytop with latex gaskets be too much? Was thinking a semi-drytop with no latex at the neck, long sleeve. Or a 0.5 mm neoprene l/s rash guard? Any recommendations appreciated!

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Old 06-09-2011   #2
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I paddled The Grand in late July and wore a semi dry long sleeve with no latex. Long sleeve was more for sun protection than warmth. I'd wear the same thing again.

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Old 06-10-2011   #3
Bend, Oregon
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What you described is probably fine but the water is very cold so if you are playing a lot or get cold easily, go for a full dry top- you can always roll to cool off.
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Old 06-10-2011   #4
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I wore my full latex dry top, lucky for me the neck gasket essentially melted in the heat of the put in and split. The top was old too so the seam tape started to delam. Best thing that could have happened. I wore a capaline underneath and was the perfect temp in the 116 degree heat. If I got hot I could just roll and get some cold water down in there and it would act like a swamp cooler all day long.

Also I agree long sleeve is the way to go for the sun protection.

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Old 06-10-2011   #5
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dry top and vary the weight of what you wear under it. If you're too hot just roll
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