the conditions in which you paddle. I live in Calif. and it seldom rains between May and October. There are still conditions in which I wear the spray jacket, such as:
- wind blowing strongly enough create spray (yeah, even in summer, the tops of waves can be blown in your face and the weather can be chilly, especially with that much wind)
- practice sessions where there is some wind that might penetrate my thermal protection (I have a wet suit, not a dry)
Other than that, there is little occasion for the spray jacket. I have a turtleneck "sweater" from Travelsmith. Sadly, they don't seem to carry it any more and the material information is long gone. Still, it is a synthetic that stays warm when wet. When cycling in the rain, it even blocks the passage of air through the pores. Marvelous fabric, whatever it is. I use it as a substitute for a spray jacket. It does hold a lot of water in the pores, which may not be a desirable trait for some, but it works for me.
I'll try to find the fabric info from the manufacturer since I want more of these :).
PFD's (Life Jackets)
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