I use a Wavesport Jupiter shorty and am fine 95% of the time (price was main factor in decision to get shorty), but if you paddle early season, in damn released from bottom, or at elevation then you may get cold. It does get pretty cold on the arms sometimes, but your core stays just as dry. I'm sure someone makes a non-gaskted shorty, but you can trim it down and/or store it wrapped around something larger than your neck to loosten it up. Also, the shorty gaskets around the bicep, which is less comfortable than around the wrist. Hope that helps.