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Old 10-25-2009   #1
Conyers, Georgia
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Scuba suit???

I was thinking of getting a farmer john type scuba suit as they are easier to find used and use it with either the farmer john top and/or a drytop.

Would this work well?
Is there any differences between a farmer john scuba suit and kayaking bibs?

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Old 10-25-2009   #2
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I have used both and they seem very similar. I think the scuba suit was a hefty 5mm vs 3 or 4mm for the paddling suit. They probably both come in various thicknesses. I prefer a set of long neoprene pants instead of farmer johns as it is easier to answer nature's call without completely disrobing.

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Neoprene is not anywhere near as comfy as real fleece. Dry gear is warmer then a wetsuit but may not be as big of a deal down in Georgia as it was for me during winter/spring paddling in Co. I started out in a wetsuit and quickly went to a drytop and then drysuit. To me it was worth the extra money, but I found a screaming deal on a drysuit...
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Old 10-26-2009   #4
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There are few if any differences between most neoprene suits for scuba and kayaking/rafting. Try it on and make sure that sitting in the suit is reasonably comfortable as is the range of motion you will be using it - ie paddling motions. Most rafting/kayaking neoprene is on the thinner side at 3mm or 1mm. Scuba neoprene comes in all varieties from .5 mm to 7 mm or even thicker - unless you will be swimming in cold water for long times the thinner stuff is usually best as it is easier to move in. A farmer john and a splash top is a good way to go and fairly inexpensive. Dry gear is nicer and considerably more expensive. I own a drysuit, splash gear, and some neoprene so I can choose for the weather.
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