Kokatat hydrus angler suit is a good entry level paddling suit. You layer under the suit for the water temp, not the air temp.Ok; I'm sold on the dry suit concept. I'm in.
Now what's a good but very reasonably priced dry suit for up in the Arctic Ocean (in August if that makes any difference)? I'm not going scuba diving so I don't need all the valves and such.
Angler/paddling suits have neoprene neck cuffs instead of latex neck gaskets. With the elastic cord at the top cinched up, if you get submerged you’ll get a squirt of water inside the suit initially, but your PFD will float the neckline above the surface once you stabilize.
Because your own perspiration will get moisture inside the suit, it is imperative that everything you wear underneath be breathable and insulating even if wet. Synthetics, wool, silk. Absolutely no cotton.
I have sit on top kayaks, and on hot days I’m scooping water onto my lap or sticking my legs in the water to cool off.
With the right layers on, you can safely be in the water a long time. A couple years ago we had an angler get separated from their kayak in the Cook Inlet and spend about 4-6 hrs in ~40F water before getting picked up.
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