This is my second year of kayaking. I have seen some old threads on this, but nothing recent so I am looking for updated advice.
Last year I spent most of my river time on guided trips (class II-III), and was always wearing a well used (and smelly) farmer john. Now I am trying to get some opinions from experienced paddlers on what to wear for boating this summer. Obviously, as I paddle more and more, I will be adding to my gear stash, so I am looking for a recommendation on the first pants to get for warm weather paddling in CO rivers (thus far, Clear Creek, Colorado, Ark, St. Vrain) from now through the end of the summer.
I spent some time looking today at Hydroskin pants and shorts, NRS Rodeo Pants and shorts, as well as farmer john wetsuits. I am now leaning toward the Hydroskin pants or shorts for now, thinking I can add some beefier paddling pants later if I venture into cooler weather, but want opinions. I do my share of swimming, so that should factor into your recommendation.
Any advice would be appreciated.