March 26, 2011 - 15 went

Verde River Challenge

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  • Virginia L.

    Okay- I have a really stupid question, but I'm new to this, so please forgive me. When the weather's like it was yesterday - chilly, cold water- if you don't have a wet or dry suite, can you get away with jeans, sweatshirt and t-shirt with hiking shoes, or is that just asking for trouble if you flip out by accident, or will the paddles alone, soak me? (Mine do have some sort of water drip-stoppers on them, not sure how well they work, though.)

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  • chris

    It is rarely cold enough for a wet suit here but I would stay away from jeans and a T-shirt when it is overcast. Better off with a synthetic material Cotton and other natural fibers, though great in hot, dry climates, serve to draw heat away from the body when wet. Synthetics, like polypropelene and polyester are great fabrics because they dry quickly and offer a layer of insulation. Some synthetics, like fleece, will keep you warm, even when wet. You will still get a little wet even with the drip rings if you don't wear a spray skirt but not too bad.

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  • Virginia L.

    Thanks Chris! I will take note of your suggestion. I would like to get a wet/dry suite, just haven't put it in the budget yet.

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  • A former member

    I agree with chris. I would add that although a drysuit and/or wetsuit might be the warmest way to go, they can be much less versatile than some good layered paddle wear. http://www.cascadeoutfitters.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=category.display&category_id=56&framein= I love my Stohlquist Torrent Jacket and believe I found a smokin' deal online when I bought it.

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  • Virginia L.

    Thank you so much Bliss! I just bookmarked that page and will plan to order an outfit in the near future. All this beautiful weather and I'm stuck indoors having to work right now to pay for all this crazy stuff! LOL Sort of contrary to why I got the kayaks in the first place! LOL I can't wait to go try them out! And, hopefully meet you guys at the water one day soon!

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  • A former member

    NO, No, no cotton on cool days. Stick with wool and synthetics.

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  • chris

    +1 on a good paddle jacket just be sure to get one that is breathable, Goretex or a similar material. I purchased a cheaper non breathable jacket for my first and it sucked the energy out of me wearing it. Also check out some of the online classifieds like outdoor play you can usually find like new used gear for 50%+ off.

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  • A former member

    Same goes for a drysuit -- can be VERY warm, but if you take it off, you'll be very cold!

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  • Virginia L.

    Thanks for all your help and insight! I have checked out the website Bliss sent me and it looks like it'll be a worthwhile investment. I've already wasted thousands of dollars over the years learning 1001 ways of how NOT to do something. So I've learned it makes sense to just ask those who already have been down that road. LOL I'm looking forward to this new adventure but can see there's still lots to learn! Thanks so much for your wisdom and time!

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