I have been reading up on wetsuits, how to choose them and information on wetsuit performance, but one question remains:
What is the best, most popular wetsuit for kayaking?
It appears that only one manufacturer makes a dedicated wetsuit for paddling: NRS. The flexibility of the neoprene, the open arms to preclude restriction in arm movement, and the in-front zipper - among other things - I have found out are especially preferred by paddlers.
I would like to know what you prefer, preferably based on experience with different types of wetsuits. I paddle all round the Carolinas and further south and plan to extend my touring and fishing activities well into the Fall and Spring seasons.
One other thing, I am short and stocky, so sizing presents something of a challenge: suits that would fit everywhere else may be too long in the legs.
Thanks, as always, for your advice!
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Others make paddling wetsuits|
Posted by: DesertDave on Oct-27-09 11:00 PM (EST)
I have seen them by Neosport, Kokatat, Stohlquist, and Camaro. I'm sure I haven't seen them all.
Non paddling suits are better IMO|
Posted by: seadart on Oct-28-09 12:34 AM (EST)
Lots of other wetsuit makers|
Posted by: pikabike on Oct-28-09 12:38 AM (EST)
2 or 3mm farmer john|
Posted by: Peter-CA on Oct-28-09 1:02 AM (EST)
My suggestion would be a 2 or 3 mm farmer john style, with a relief zipper appropriate for our gender.
Surfing suits are fine for rolling|
Posted by: pikabike on Oct-28-09 1:12 AM (EST)
Posted by: Brazilbrasil on Oct-28-09 3:23 AM (EST)
I have the NRS farmer john and it works just fine. I am not a wetsuit or drysuit expert but I am warm and comfortable in both my NRS wetsuit and drysuit and no I did not spend thousands on them.
No need to spend thousands on wetsuits|
Posted by: pikabike on Oct-29-09 5:18 PM (EST)
The mid-level shorty suits are inexpensive, and the full suits are easy to find at discounts. I've bought all but one of mine from Sierra Trading Post, which always has wetsuits on sale. If you can go to their HQ store in Cheyenne like I do, they also have more models that aren't shown in the catalogs.
NRS type wetsuits - comment|
Posted by: Celia on Oct-28-09 9:07 AM (EST)
Posted by: Brazilbrasil on Oct-28-09 9:41 AM (EST)
I assume a decent wind blocking top with a wet suit while kayaking. Depending on temps, this could be a nylon splash top, dry or semi dry top. Additionally, I did get the wetsuit jacket they have and have used it on occasion.
Wet suit wish list|
Posted by: JayBabina on Oct-28-09 10:34 AM (EST)
NRS auits are good|
Posted by: jimyaker on Oct-28-09 1:19 PM (EST)
I bought their NRS Ultra Farmer John and have been very pleased. I paddle in spots where the water hits the upper 40s and have swam with it in 50 degree water in the summer and in cool Fall weather.
Posted by: yakwise on Oct-28-09 1:33 PM (EST)
Thank you all . . . I ordered|
Posted by: angell on Oct-29-09 1:08 AM (EST)
the NRS Ultra John from Altrec (they're having a sale, BTW). Your input was very valuable, as always.
I find that more often than not|
Posted by: Brazilbrasil on Oct-29-09 10:06 AM (EST)
I am opening the zipper down to my waist as it does get too hot underneath a dry top or even a splash jacket. I like being able to control my core temps like that. it is esy to zip up or down through a dry top.
NRS Grizzly & Mystery|
Posted by: trilliumlake on Oct-29-09 1:06 PM (EST)
NRS puts out a Grizzly wetsuit for short stocky folks.
I have NRS also. One suggustion is to|
Posted by: old_user on Oct-29-09 9:54 PM (EST)
call them on the phone. I have the Farmer John and a neo jacket. Their staff is very well informed and will spend time with you on the phone. You will get a great fit by calling them and talking honestly about what sizes you need.
I like nrs|
Posted by: davemcadoo on Nov-02-09 5:31 PM (EST)
Keep it out of bright sun. I shower with it and then hang it in the shower to dry