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Old 06-08-2018   #1
 
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River Wear for Rowing Selway at 4 in Mid-June

Gearing up to row where the prospect of a protracted swim in 48 degree water is a very real possibility.

Contemplating the following:

1) NRS Hydro Skin 1.5 Jacket
2) NRS Hydro Skin 1.5 Pants
3) NRS 2.0 Shorty Farmer John Wetsuit
4) Wet Suit Booties

The above to be worn under reasonably good paddling pants and jacket. The assumption is a serious swim would result in a thorough soaking under the paddling shells.

I would guess the alternative would be a Kokatat onesy drysuit.

Thoughts?

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Way back in the mid 70's pre dry suit era we had a kayaker swim at double drop at high water (around 5 feet). He was rescued below No Slouch in severe trouble. He didn't perish but it was close. He was wearing a 5 mm wetsuit and a paddling jacket with wool sweater. State of the art back then. I'm a big fan of dry suits, the Selway can be a bear if you swim.
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Drysuit......
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Drysuit with insulation underneath. Always easy to cool down. Hard to warm up.
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Way back in the mid 70's pre dry suit era we had a kayaker swim at double drop at high water (around 5 feet). He was rescued below No Slouch in severe trouble. He didn't perish but it was close. He was wearing a 5 mm wetsuit and a paddling jacket with wool sweater. State of the art back then. I'm a big fan of dry suits, the Selway can be a bear if you swim.



Damn he swam from double drop down to no slouch! Ladle would be rough alone. Yeah I would vote drysuit.
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Bring a thermos of hot tea with honey and half and half each day. It won't go to waste.
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Verdict In.

Thanks all. I appreciate the consideration. The verdict's in: dry suit and hot tea w/lemon, honey, and cream.

I don't know that I'll be able to pull off purchasing a Kokatat onesy dry suit. I certainly will don a thick, full-length farmer John, with thick under top, plus a good paddling jacket.

dsrtrat: Yes indeed, I well remember those days too: wool, and bunting. And indeed that was a nasty swim and it effectively puts the matter into perspective. We will have several excellent safety boats ---hopefully no one on the trip will face a swim like that.

I'm out.

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