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Old 06-15-2009   #1
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Thoughts on splash gear...

After losing over 40 lbs this last year, I am finding that I need to update my paddling/rafting gear.

I don't like the HydroSkin colors.

Level Six looks cool, as do some other "surf" clothes.

Not interested in smelly, sweaty, fuzzy rubber stuff...

What are your favorite layers? And/or, what brands have you found to be low quality and not worth it?


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Old 06-16-2009   #2
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I just ordered the Kokotat breeze paddle jacket. Frankly, I love my drysuit from them and I like the color periwinkle for the new jacket.

I almost got the NRS Powerhouse- but I couldn't stomach the baby blue color...

good luck and congrats on losing the weight!

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Old 06-16-2009   #3
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I am with Kalli on the dry suit.

This is my first season wearing a dry suit and I love it. Yes - I have gotten a little wet - but only when running class 4 rapids in my duck - it can be a very wet ride

I have been using merio wool bottoms and top, as well as a fleece set - wool seems to be the better fabric not "smelly" at all. But hard to find in heaver weight bottoms for those really cold days.

With a dry suit there is no "smelly, sweaty, fuzzy rubber stuff..."

Found this link you may find helpful

Women's Whitewater Gear

good luck - enjoy shopping

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Old 06-18-2009   #4
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She is looking for layers that you get wet in like hydro skin or other neoprene options.

I too agree that Merino is pretty much the $hit for layering under dry top or suit. I've gone pretty much exclusively wool for all my layering be it skiing or boating. Mostly IceBreaker, but some smart wool too. Better find it on sale as they are pretty proud of that stuff.

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