Is a dry top realistic for roll practice in 50 degree water? What tops have you tried?
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Posted by: Celia on Sep-24-12 9:55 AM (EST)
At 50 degrees I also need a hood, but you may be able to manage without the ice cream headache until the 40's if you just stay practicing in cold water.
Posted by: suiram on Sep-24-12 9:59 AM (EST)
Even though some folks find 50F water just refreshing, others will need more protection.
third the hood|
Posted by: Peter-CA on Sep-24-12 11:20 AM (EST)
I would third the hood, with ear coverage.
Failed roll / swimming|
Posted by: jaybabina on Sep-24-12 11:50 AM (EST)
There's really no reason for a person learning to roll to swim if they practice in water about 2 1/2 ft deep so they can push off the bottom if they fail the roll or ... practice with others so you can use a bow rescue.
Another option is a Tuilik|
Posted by: rpg51 on Sep-24-12 1:14 PM (EST)
Here is one small, custom order, maker - there are several others. Mine is made of breathable fabric. I find it is extremely comfortable. The "hood" system he has worked out is very nice. Available with a tunnel to wear with dry pants if paddling in certain conditions. Won't work for everyone but I sure like mine.
Posted by: nickjc on Sep-24-12 1:51 PM (EST)
In 50F water I wear a kokatat tropos top + farmer john + a thin hood. The water here is always about 50.
A Dry Top is Great|
Posted by: Kudzu on Sep-24-12 4:19 PM (EST)
If the air is pretty warm and the water is in the 50s I'll go with a dry top and hydroskin bottoms along with a diver's hood. Any colder and I do the full drysuit.
Posted by: abc on Sep-24-12 10:41 PM (EST)
I assume you're asking dry top vs full dry suit? The answer is, YES.