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Old 03-08-2010   #1
Phoenix, Arizona
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Staying Dry

I've got a new drop top and dry pants. I'm kayaking on the Kern this week and expect it to be ice cold. I've taken the combo for a test swim in my 55 degree swimming pool and it leaked at the waist. I expect some of this, and I expect the splash skirt to help a bit, but can anyone tell me the best method of mating these two garments and staying as dry as possible? I tried folding down the inner layer of the pants (at the top) then pulling the inner later of the jacket down and rolling them up together. Then I pulled up the outer later of the pants, then put down the outer later of the top. It didn't seem to help any. Any tips or advice here? I was planning on wearing wool socks and long johns but I don't want them to be wet all day. I also have the attached socks on the pants and don't want all the water collecting in there. I'm sure the designers of these gear had all this in mind when they made it, so what am I missing?


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Try doing inner layer of pants, then inner tunnel of top, then outer pants, then skirt tunnel, then outer top. My pants don't have an inner liner so i just do inner tunnel of my dry top, then pants, then outer layer of dry top for rafting and have stayed fairly dry when swimming (relative). Im not sure what else you could do to make it more water proof.

The less complicated and flatter you can get your layers, the better. Hope this helps.
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