Posted by: old_user on Apr-26-13 10:42 AM (EST) Category: Kayaking Technique
curious as to how everyone else gets the air out of a drysuit. Tried squatting & opening neck gasket. While this does get some air out I still feel like the Michelin tire guy.
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If I really want to get all the air out|
Posted by: clarion on Apr-26-13 10:51 AM (EST)
... I get in the water and let the water push air out the neck and then each sleeve
Like Clarion said|
Posted by: Marshall on Apr-26-13 10:57 AM (EST)
You will feel like the contents of a FoodSaver bag.
Posted by: poleplant on Apr-26-13 11:06 AM (EST)
A word to the wise. Do not ingest Indian food the night before a big paddle. Or at least tether yourself to your boat.
Posted by: pblanc on Apr-26-13 11:16 AM (EST)
I used to frequent the New Year's Day "Chili Run" on the Cartecay River in northern GA. The idea was to bring a crockpot of chili, sample everyone's contribution, and then go out and paddle the river.
Squat first then|
Posted by: dc9mm on Apr-26-13 11:07 AM (EST)
Squat first to get some air out. Then I pull on neck seal put my mouth lower into seal and suck air out with mouth exhale through nose. You can pull that suit tight around you that way. It kinda looks crazy when you do it though.Getting into water also works really well if you can do it were you launch from. Sometimes the water isnt so great and I wouldnt want to get into it and get the dirty water on the suit.
Third getting in the water|
Posted by: Celia on Apr-26-13 11:35 AM (EST)
Get into the water, assuming you have a nice shallow area where you can walk in, and that'll get all the air out. It will also give you a quick check on how well you closed the zippers. My double change of underlayers for a day's paddle is partly due to having been careless about a zipper after a lunch break. :-)
Posted by: Peter-CA on Apr-26-13 1:02 PM (EST)
I normally get enough out with the crouch and open neck method. Once I am in the kayak, I will also do a hug myself and open neck. Between these, I am usually fine.
Pray to Allah|
Posted by: daggermat on Apr-27-13 8:40 AM (EST)
is the method I use. On my knees, bow forward while holding neck gasket open. This stretches the back area while compressing the front, both of which force the air out the neck. River dunking was fun at first with a drysuit and is real effective, but as time went on I found this quicker and just about as effective.
Oh, I see now|
Posted by: Marshall on Apr-27-13 9:11 AM (EST)
Here I thought you were just acknowledging the river gods on a New Year's day paddle.
hey that was fun, Marshall|
Posted by: daggermat on Apr-27-13 7:16 PM (EST)
and I guess those days I don't swim I can credit my "river god homage paying multitasking pose".