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Old 03-19-2016   #1
Eagle Mountian, Utah
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Yet another rafting kids question

Thinking of going down Ruby Horsethief with the kids (3 and 6) in early April. I realize that there is really no opportunities for them to fall in the water but I am still wondering about taking wet suits. DO you guys think they will be necessary or am I just putting my kids in uncomfortable wet suits for nothing?

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Old 03-19-2016   #2
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I would like to have them along just in case. Cold kids aren't having fun and those suits aren't going to add to much to the gear pile.

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Old 03-19-2016   #3
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One long dunk in that water would be really bad because small bodies lose heat very quickly. Make sure that can't happen and you're good!
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Old 03-19-2016   #4
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In early April the weather can change quickly over there also. Take the wet suits for them.
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Old 03-20-2016   #5
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What wet suits are you guys putting your kids in? Seems like they would do well in shorty suits but definitely not as warm as a full 3mm. Most of my family runs are in the summer when its warm and water levels are lower but rain storms happen year round and it would be nice to have them to help keep them warm.
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Old 03-22-2016   #6
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Rain gear is just as or more important, small kids will still get cold in a wet wetsuit, so keep the wetsuits as dry as possible too if they're on. If it's only cold and not raining, fleece, down and raingear are warmer and more comfortable and chances of getting wet are slim. The 1-2" of foam in the pfd also provides some added R-value.

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