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- Cold weather gear - bananaboat - Oct-08-10 4:21 PM
My winter/cold water routine|
Posted by: Big_D on Oct-10-10 1:49 PM (EST)
The very beginning of my routine starts with only paddling water I know and only going out with paddlers with whom I am familiar. I do not want any surprises when the water is cold.
The second part of my routine is to assume that I will spill and get wet, so I bring safety materials to treat a wet, cold person. That usually includes a thermos full of hot tea, high carb snacks (like a crunchy granola bar), a spare set of fleece clothes, a spare paddle jacket, fire starting material, and one of those space blanket things. All of it fits into one dry bag.
The third part is what I wear. My outer wear is the most important. I have a semi-dry top (the neck gasket is neoprene, otherwise it has latex cuffs and a tunnel hull waist) and I wear it with waist high waders with a wide neoprene waist that fits in the tunnel hull of the semi-dry top. VERY little water will get in even in a submersion and I can still swim in it. It's clumsy, but I can swim in it. The outermost layer of course is my PFD, which goes on while I'm standing on the bank at the put-in and doesn't come off until I am standing on the truck at the take-out. As far as what goes under the semi-drytop and waders depends on a lot of factors. There's enough room for me to wear a wicking layer and a thick fleece or wools sweater on top, and I usually wear fleece wader pants on the bottom, sometimes with a wicking layer as well. For a hat, I usually wear a ball cap or a wool watch cap.
Pretty routine stuff for me.
Shoes are usually flats boots - zippered neoprene socks with a thin rubber sole - that are over-sized to fit over the neoprene socks built into the waders.
- Big D
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My Favortite Time to be out...|
Posted by: GloryDaze on Oct-20-10 4:28 PM (EST)
No bugs, ticks snakes, etc......
Two most important things or me personally- warm feet and a warm head:
Inner layer of clothing is a Varitherm wool base layer, pants and shirt. Socks include thin layer of silk socks underneath thick wool socks. I wear a pair of knee high waterproof mukluks for shoes.
Second and third layer- for me, its a fleece zip up and pants underbeath a pair of wind and waterproof shirt and pants.
Hat- simple stocking cap, but also a full head mask that is pulled down to keep my neck warm.
Gloves- neoprene fishing gloves I get a Bass Pro- they hav slits in the fingers for fishing.
Of course- I have most of the items as a back-up plan like big D does- (change of clothes, firestarter, first aid kit, etc....)
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