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Old 08-08-2013   #1
 
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Grand Canyon March 27th. Dry suit or wet suit???

Wetsuit/drysuit. Any thoughts on which way to go and if you think wet suit, what kind, thickness, etc. I know nothing about wetsuits. Thanks as always buzzards for your keen, insightful, and humorous advice.

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If you have a drysuit, take it. That water is cold and weather can be unpredictable that time of year.
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Unfortunately I don't own either.
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Hi,

Rafting or kayaking?

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Rafting, thanks Rich.
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Check out kayakacademy.com. They rent drysuits.
http://www.kayakacademy.com/pages/store/rental.html
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A lot depends on your personal thermostat and the weather. We did an early March trip. Started out in wind and snow flurries and ended in 75degree sunny bliss. I never felt the need for anything more than fleece under splash pants and top (plus a good hat) but less active people with less tolerance for cold would have loved a dry suit. I would say that it nobody on our trip actually NEEDED a drysuit, but thats just my take. Unless you hit a shitstorm of cold weather you should be able to get by with good layers and WP outer. I dont recommend wetsuits, they just are too clamy for an extended trip. again my opinion. However there is no store so bring what you need
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Depends if you are rowing or riding. I rode most of the way and used a wet suit and splash gear that time of year. There were days I was very cold, but most of the time it was fine. If you are rowing you'd definitely be fine with just a wet suit along. We didn't however have any really cold days on our trip.
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Rig to flip and dress to swim. Neoprene doesn't seem to dry out unless weather is very favorable. Clammy is right! I vote drysuit!
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Hi,
Not sure what level of experience you have with potential cold, big water, and mishaps, but after my last trip down I will wear my drysuit religiously on the big water days or in inclimate weather. When we flipped boats I was able to help work through some nasty situations, not be shivering and worthless on the beach (term used generously) in large part because I was warm and dry inside my drysuit.
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