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Old 04-15-2012   #11
Nassau, New York
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Thanks for all the advice!

I was out yesterday wearing a FJ, 3MM jacket and a splash jacket. After an hour on the water, I had stripped down to a polypro tshirt and life jacket. The FJ was even unzipped and pulled around my waist.

All the other guides were in drysuits and were cold. I think I'm going to be fine.

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Old 04-15-2012   #12
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That's the downside of neoprene. Its hot when you're dry, so it can be a problem when the air temps are fairly warm, but the water is still cold. Take it off and you dont have the protection if you swim. Those guys that were cold in drysuits, were cold, but wouldn't get much colder swimming. I dont own a drysuit, just what I am figuring out about wetsuits. I wear a FJ and drytop in my kayak, and my legs cook unless I swim. Luckily, I'm pretty new at this, so lets just say I probably wont overheat anytime soon.

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Old 04-15-2012   #13
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All I know is my splash jacket has long sleeves and I wish they were short. I always get some cold water congregating around my elbows that then migrates to armpits/sides/lower back during maneuvers. I'd rather just get my forearms wet and keep the rest of me dry.

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