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I've got a little 12' boat with rowing frame and planning on doing gentle rivers with class 3 or less - 2 in the boat. I could use some suggestions on clothing for these trips. Seems to me that layering is the way to go. A farmer john seems useful, but aren't they pretty warm on hot days? Paddle jackets seem to be for kayaks. Less is more, but how does this translate for rafting?

And what are your favorites??

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layering is always a good idea when warmth could be an issue. but fashion is important also. short cut-off jeans are back from '79, and most neon is still in...but in general, the less clothing the better, after-all, "nude rafting epitomizes the American experience". don't forget sunblock, them parts downthere are tender!
 

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On most gentle rivers, exposure to the sun and rain are going to be the big things. On Class 2, you will likely be dry, 3 maybe not. If you are going to get wet and its early season, wear more than less. Breathable dry/semi dry gear is best bacause you will sweat your balls off in a wet suit if you are not getting wet.

And, in addition to the previous post, fanny packs are mandatory on most rivers.
 

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Well there's a good thought. The nude option would certainly be a money saver right up until admission to the emergency room. And I wonder if anyone's making tie-dyed neoprene tops?
 

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Yes, I thought the wet suit would be pretty uncomfortable unless you're wet all the time. I'm a big fan of wool and I'm wondering how those thin t-shirts and long johns would work. They work well for keeping cool and warm (how do it know??). I'm uncertain how well it works if continuously wet though...
 

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Shorts with zip-off legs, tank top, sunshirt, sunhat. Maybe some hydroskin in case it gets chilly/wet.
 

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Wool socks under booties is a must...haven't had cold feet with that layering schematic yet...

On a cool day on class III's splash pants and top are nice with some synthetic fibers i.e. fleece, capilene, etc. will keep you comfortable.

Neoprene will keep you warm but yes sweaty if not a little damp...I would also suggest going "commando" under the wetsuit as a bunched up bathing suit under a wetsuit is not so comfortable in the crotchel area.

Have rented a drysuit for a Swift Water class this weekend in BV and I can't say enough about how freakin' awesome the Kokatat Gore-Tex drysuits are...breathable enough so that your body stays comfortably dry, and the non-restrictive feeling (compared to neoprene) is so nice on the body, you feel super mobile. Don't have the pennies to afford one of my own yet but it is high on the list.

And staying on the fashionable side of things some neon colored Zinc-Oxide to coat the nose is super stylie...what ever happened to that stuff, I need some!
 

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whites is bitchin 30 is a fun level get down here! ill be screwin around on the daily in a ducky this week...
 
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