Submitted: 05-08-2007 by MikeZ
I paddle a plastic Wilderness Tempest 165 and have a number of spray skirts I have acquired over the years from manufacturers like Kokatat, Harmony, and Snap Dragon. A couple of months ago I purchased a Reed spray skirt and have found it to be the best spray skirt I have ever used. Most of my paddling is off of the Northern CA Coast in a variety of venues including rock gardens, surf, and open ocean. I like the Reed skirt because of its light weight, durability, and most importantly in surf and rough conditions it keeps water out of the cockpit better than any other product I have used. One thing I learned is that in order to insure a proper seal around the cockpit combing on a plastic boat you have to make sure the skirt is wet before trying to snap it into place.