Somewhat in the market for a dry top. I paddle mostly in South Florida, and not sure if the water down here really gets cold enough to warrant a dry top, but received notice if going up to central/north Florida having one is recommended, especially if planning on doing alot of rolling (taking a rolling class up there in a few months)
Considering my situation - I was thinking a short sleeve top would be ideal? If so, could I use a long sleeve wetsuit or rash guard underneath one? Would water be able to enter the dry top? Since the water could more easily leak through a wrinkle in the rashguard under the sleeve gaskets - than the sleeve gaskets on skin? - Over thinking this?
Thanks in advance!,
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Does the water really get below 60 ?|
Posted by: onnopaddle on Dec-03-12 5:21 AM (EST)
Posted by: drjay9051 on Dec-03-12 6:19 AM (EST)
Yes and yes|
Posted by: Celia on Dec-03-12 12:09 PM (EST)
You can wear a long sleeve top under a short sleeve dry top. Fairly common for the whitewater folks up here in the mid-range temps. I have done it here and there paddling.
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Posted by: clydehedlund on Dec-03-12 1:29 PM (EST)
Most get along fine wearing those water repelling long sleeve surf shirts that are 1/2 mil. thin?
Posted by: jimyaker on Dec-03-12 2:51 PM (EST)
A wetsuit with a splash top is probably good enough.
some folks in Cal. do just that|
Posted by: desertdave on Dec-03-12 4:29 PM (EST)
I think their primary reason is for sun protection, on a warm day. Most shorty 'dry' tops don't have latex bicep and neck gaskets (neither of mine do), so you are not going to be 100% dry anyways.
Posted by: jbernard on Dec-03-12 5:11 PM (EST)
That is my guiding uniform in the summer. Always. Long sleeve white rash guard to to keep the sun off my arms and a short sleeve paddling jacket (Kokatat pac-lite knappster) over that.
Posted by: NateHanson on Dec-03-12 6:29 PM (EST)
Check out the Knappster. If your paddling doesn't demand an absolutely dry drytop, you'll be much more comfortable in a semi-dry short-sleeve drytop, like the Knappster. That is my favorite garment. It's comfortable, warm, and though it lets in a couple teaspoons when you roll, it breathes well enough to keep me feeling dry all the time.
Florida garments -- "it depends"...|
Posted by: gstamer on Dec-04-12 11:56 AM (EST)