I was about to put in at my local river today and realized I forgot my paddling boots. My feet are always wet, so I decided to put on the drysuit, which was in my paddling bag even though I didn't intend to wear it. But no boots meant I'd be wearing my walking around shoes, so I needed the dry suite's booties to keep my socks dry.
Amazingly, the shoes were still dry three quarters of the way through the trip. I had my paddle on the inside and tried to lean outside to get the boat on edge and around a bend. I leaned too far outside, couldn't muster an effective brace and got my shoes wet, along with the rest of my legs and lower torso. And there was a little water on my hat, but it wasn't soaked or anything.
Taking a dip when wearing a drysuit is so painless it is almost like a guilty pleasure. It upsets me when I dork out of the boat like I did, but the drysuit and the fact that I'd just tucked in all my gear, made it painless. I easily emptied the boat, then hopped back in and didn't miss a beat. It is very convenient to not have to stop and change clothes, though in my normal gortex over fleece pants I think I would have just kept going, that gear set stays pretty warm even when it is wet and it was only a half hour back to the landing.
I don't like wearing the drysuit because it is an inflexible garmet. The drysuit makes it time-consuming if you want to add or take off a layer, so you need to guess right when you are getting dressed or it will be uncomfortable. But it was real nice wearing that drysuit when I went for my unexpected dip. The water and air temps were probably in the 40s.
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Posted by: eckilson on Dec-03-13 3:31 AM (EST)
I also tend to take unexpected swims, so I'll wear my drysuit on every trip from late fall through the spring. Getting the layering right is the trick. I tend to go a little light on the insulating layers so I am less likely to overheat. The only time I usually get cold is when we stop for breaks, and the solution to that is easy - do some paddling. On a cold day, it sure is a lot easier to change into/out of a drysuit compared to a wetsuit.
Posted by: Celia on Dec-03-13 9:27 AM (EST)
We recently saw a talk by a local guy who scored in the lottery and put together a trip down the Grand Canyon in March. So there were warm days with chilly water. This was his second trip. The first time he wore wet wear and dry top. The second time he lived in his dry suit, as from the pics did everyone else who had one. He said the dry suit was a whole lot easier.
Posted by: NateHanson on Dec-03-13 9:45 AM (EST)
I find it easiest to control my temp by dressing on the lighter side, under the drysuit, so I'll be comfortable when paddling moderately. Then add a hat, gloves, and a jacket or storm cag to add warmth, or stay warm when I stop. That avoids changing layers under a drysuit, which is certainly a pain.
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Posted by: spiritboat on Dec-03-13 1:46 PM (EST)
"Taking a dip when wearing a drysuit is so painless it is almost like a guilty pleasure"
Posted by: kayamedic on Dec-03-13 2:46 PM (EST)
check twice that you have zipped once..Grape Nuts..now that is cold. I think I have only seen acorns.
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Posted by: jonsprag1 on Dec-05-13 8:26 PM (EST)
ever tell you to make sure you are zipped after using the bathroom?
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Posted by: spiritboat on Dec-05-13 9:39 PM (EST)
"Your comments like TV on Honeymoon: Unnecessary."
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Posted by: canoeswithduckheads on Dec-06-13 1:35 PM (EST)
It was Sidney Wang who said that.|
Posted by: Guideboatguy on Dec-07-13 7:42 PM (EST)
What a great movie, and I appreciate it so much more nowadays than I did when it came out. When it came out, I didn't even realize that all the characters were spoofs (and very good spoofs at that) of the famous detectives of books and movies past.
Posted by: spiritboat on Dec-07-13 9:07 PM (EST)
Now this thread really is getting obscene.
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Posted by: canoeswithduckheads on Dec-08-13 10:02 AM (EST)
Saw it when it came out back in...was it late 1976? My late good friend Gary Bateman, a high school senior classmate, talked me into seeing it. Gary was a big fan of all things Neil Simon, Sam Spade, Sondheim, black-n-white...gosh, all things Broadway and Hollywood. Somewhat of a youthful version of Robert Osborne.
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Posted by: Guideboatguy on Dec-08-13 11:18 AM (EST)
... about such things than I, and so thank you for prompting me to do some checking. I had to see what you meant by "Mr. Cromwell", and found out that he's the actor James Cromwell, a name which (not surprisingly) meant nothing to me, BUT, upon checking, hit upon some familiar roles, and yes, what a varied career - including such characters as the prison warden in "The Green Mile", and of course that overly-caring caricature of Poirot's friend Captain Hastings!