I've want to get input on something called a top deck or a dry top attached to a spray skirt. I've read safety warnings about entanglement (river snags).
Does anyone have experience with this? I was thinking of a shorty dry top from Kokatat with a spray skirt attached by Snap Dragon.
I'm perfecting a just-learned roll in a long boat so I'm usually planning to be wet when I paddle. I used a 2mm wet suit this summer and fall and I have a one size too large drysuit with a leaky neck gasket. Here in Central California a full drysuit is often too hot so I'm looking for an alternative.
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Posted by: pblanc on Nov-28-12 3:57 PM (EST)
I can't see a clear reason why a dry top with attached spray deck would be any more hazardous than wearing a conventional spray skirt with a dry top. Granted, the spray deck needs to be released to exit, but that is true for both.
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Posted by: jimyaker on Nov-28-12 4:39 PM (EST)
I paddle most of the winter season with a shorty wetsuit and kokatat drytop using a neoprene sprayskirt -- as do many whitewater folks in the southeast. A really big skirt (one that hangs down near your ankles when standing) can be an issue when swimming, but that's about it.