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Drysuit - Warmest temperatures usable?

Postby Outside » Thu Dec 03, 2015 7:43 pm

Have you ever ended a session early because you were too hot? I haven't.

What are the warmest air/wind temperatures you can comfortably use a drysuit? I would think wind speed and sunny/overcast also matter.

Assume an OR Soul or similar drysuit. And a thin-blooded warm weather kiter.

Thanks.

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Re: Drysuit - Warmest temperatures usable?

Postby TPink » Thu Dec 03, 2015 9:50 pm

I got a Soul late last spring and Love the suit.

was anxious to try it on a warmish day, say 70dgr air, 65dgr water, and basically nothing on underneath, was totally comfy.

you could probably go from the Soul straight to board shorts or vise versa if you wanted...

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Re: Drysuit - Warmest temperatures usable?

Postby Starsky » Thu Dec 03, 2015 10:56 pm

We get days in the spring where the air temp gets up to between 15 and 20 deg C and the water is still ice cold.

Getting into the drysuit in those sunny conditions is the sweaty part. Once on the water you can regulate a bit by getting wet. Drop in and stay there until you feel the heat loss. You might find you end up pretty damp from sweat riding a drysuit in warm temps. Sweat will eventually be the end of your seals so be sure to rinse em by just dunking em into fresh water before you hang it to dry.

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Re: Drysuit - Warmest temperatures usable?

Postby matth » Thu Dec 03, 2015 10:59 pm

I don't start using mine till temps are in the 50s, and then its all about layers. One , two , or three layers depending on water temp, air temp, etc. Makes no sense to wear in warm air when you can have the comfort and ease of use of a 4/3 wetsuit...

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Re: Drysuit - Warmest temperatures usable?

Postby Do-it » Thu Dec 03, 2015 11:10 pm

I ended a session last week because I was too hot. :P Had to take off the wetty to keep from having a heat stroke. I saw someone out in the same conditions wearing a drysuit, he claimed he was comgortable. 75 degree water and air

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Re: Drysuit - Warmest temperatures usable?

Postby TomW » Thu Dec 03, 2015 11:14 pm

If it's over 8c (47f) I'll sweat to death.

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Re: Drysuit - Warmest temperatures usable?

Postby TomW » Thu Dec 03, 2015 11:15 pm

Let's say I'm out 1 hr kiting in 8c water and air temperature. I'm in the water like 2 min total if that time. Air temp is most relevant.

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Re: Drysuit - Warmest temperatures usable?

Postby Slappysan » Thu Dec 03, 2015 11:24 pm

But you still need to dress to survive a 1 hour swim in the water.

Drysuists are as cool as you layer them to be ... to a point. The trouble is you'll freeze to death in the water if you don't have the thermals to survive if the air and water are vastly different temps.

If you wear an OR Soul with shorts and a t-shirt on and no thermals you could survive up to 25 degrees Celsius out of the water, but you'll probably die if your kite fails and you have to swim in 10 degree water.

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Re: Drysuit - Warmest temperatures usable?

Postby Starsky » Thu Dec 03, 2015 11:25 pm

Yeah, until you snap a line....you gotta dress for a 20 min swim, so a drysuit with very little on under it can be a mistake.

One I've made and will never repeat. I insulate to the water temp. Period.

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Re: Drysuit - Warmest temperatures usable?

Postby William Munney » Fri Dec 04, 2015 2:04 am

Starsky wrote:Yeah, until you snap a line....you gotta dress for a 20 min swim, so a drysuit with very little on under it can be a mistake.

One I've made and will never repeat. I insulate to the water temp. Period.
Absolutely. You can't assume that you'll stay above water. I started using a drysuit for rowing and found that you get pretty hot exerting yourself even in freezing temperatures. As a newbie, I wore some light insulation under a drysuit and ended up drifting down a canal and got cold even though air temperatures were mild. There is a Polartec jumpsuit that works well as insulation under a drysuit.


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