Originally Posted by JustinJam
So next year myself and my lady have are joining in a Grand trip during mid October. I'll bring my dry suit, but she is unsure if a new dry suit is a necessity.
So first question for the buzzards. For a mid October trip how much have you worn, or wish you worn a dry suit?
2nd: For the ladies, what features have made the difference in a dry suit for you? Specifically I have been trying to compare different relief zipper designs. I want something that is comfortable that isn't an ordeal every time ya gotta visit river.
General consensus seems dry suit. I did an October 6th launch when I went and rarely wore more than a swimsuit. It was hot enough I couldn't even contemplate putting on gear. I also swam regularly in the river at camp so I'm not afraid of the cold.
When I was trying to get my wife into more of the spring trips all it took was one time of trying to get the gasket over her head and she said F this thing. Not going to happen I would rather be cold.
So has she used dry tops? I would at least show her what needs to happen to get in one. I wish I had a one piece but right now I have dry bibs and a semi dry top, meaning the soft neoprene gasket at the neck but still gaskets on the sleeve.
I love because when I am hot I can peel the top but then slap it back on when we hit the rapids. That might work for you as well. Only she can guide you, but the two piece isn't a bad solution either.