Posted by: mazer on Feb-28-14 11:32 PM (EST) Category: unassigned
I live in the SF Bay area of Northern California. The weather here is highly variable. I was wondering about some splash pants, I would like to know if anyone else has used them, what conditions did they work the best, do they allow for good ventilation (It can get hot here, even on the water). Thanks
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Posted by: Peter-CA on Mar-01-14 12:09 AM (EST)
I pretty much always wear a wet suit or dry suit. Ocean and bay waters are pretty much always cold.
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Posted by: bartc on Mar-01-14 7:58 AM (EST)
But I don't get out on the open Bay or ocean as yet (boat is too small.) So my paddling is in the warmer sloughs or over at the outer harbor of Half Moon Bay, which is ocean water and temp.
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Posted by: Celia on Mar-01-14 8:14 AM (EST)
As the guys below are saying. Splash pants can be a nice wind-blocking layer up in the air, but if you take a swim it is all about what you have under them (or a splash top).
Posted by: willowleaf on Mar-05-14 1:27 PM (EST)
For moderate/warm weather canoeing and kayaking (and reasonably warm water, i.e. not immediately painfully cold) I usually use a pair of NRS Endurance breathable waterproof splash pants which have a neoprene waistband and cuffs. In summer I might wear just a swimsuit and/or nylon shorts under but I am more likely to wear knee length neoprene wet suit pants underneath with a neoprene zip front jacket that I can remove or vent if the day is too warm. I tuck them into kneehigh Kokatat neoprene and coated nylon paddling mukluks. Even on hot days I have not found these pants to be uncomfortable and I like that they protect my thighs (and legs, in the case of canoeing) from sunburn if I am paddling with no sprayskirt or just a "half skirt" in moderate protected waters. I tend to hate to feel hot and sticky so I think my assessent of them as tolerable is pretty reliable.
Posted by: mazer on Mar-05-14 6:33 PM (EST)
Awesome info thanks to everyone who replied
Posted by: rjd9999 on Mar-11-14 12:02 PM (EST)
often are not waterproof and will fill upon immersion. This isn't really much of an issue, unless you lack thermal protection underneath. I used to cycle every day from home to work and I purchased rain pants for cycling. I used them once and put them away because it is HOT when exercising under materials that don't breathe.
Posted by: mazer on Mar-12-14 9:36 PM (EST)
I have a sit on tp, not a sit in, so no skirt. I was a long distance bicyclist and am well aware of issues ralated to biking and hiking HOWEVER kayaking is ifferent, with splash pants, if I get wet and the fog rolls in (which can happen dropping temps from the 80 to the 50s or 60s in a half an hour) I can remain comfortable with a temperature drop like this with splash pants on. Without, I will be very uncomfortable. I know this because I use to sail in the bay, being caught without the appropriate gear can make a great day very uncomfortable and get one close to being hypothermic
Posted by: rjd9999 on Mar-13-14 9:29 AM (EST)
Windbreakers can be nice (as wetsuit/neoprene don't work well in dry/windy conditions as often occur on the bay), but my major point was that if the inner layer(s) of insulation are insufficient, they aren't as useful as one may wish.