Winter is here, the weather is cool and the water temperatures are dropping. Keeping warm and finding clothes that are great at resisting water is key to keeping safe while enjoying your winter kayak trips.
Obviously winter is different in certain parts of the world. This article may not apply to everyone, but if you live in a colder environment and enjoy paddling regardless of temperature, the following items can be a great help.
Deciding what to wear kayaking in this kind of weather can be tricky, but there are a few simple tips you can follow to make the most of your winter kayaking experiences.
If you’re using a sit in kayak, you’ll want to make sure that the water stays out of the kayak as much as possible, especially if it's cold. Adding a spray skirt to your kayak can eliminate water from getting into your kayak and will keep your bottom half as warm as possible.
In the event that your kayak tips over, the waves are crashing on top of you, or you simply get stuck in rainy or snowy weather conditions, having protection between your body and the elements is a must. Investing in a dry suit may be your best bet. They’re costly upfront, but they’ll more than pay for themselves if you’re a frequent winter kayaker.
Maybe a full dry suit is too expensive or unnecessary, but you still want basic protection from the elements. Well a paddle jacket might be best for you. Paddle jackets won't keep you dry if fall in the water, but they're typically tight around the neck and wrists, and do a decent job of keeping your upper body dry.
Even though you may kayak in sandals or barefeet in the summer, if the water is cold, you need to protect your feet. No one likes cold feet, so investing in wetshoes that do the job is very important. Similar to a dry suit, neoprene boots will keep your feet warm and dry.
The rest of your body is warm and dry, but what about your head? There's no specific hats made for winter kayaking, but we suggest getting something that's waterproof and capable of covering your entire head and face.
Regular winter gloves probably won't do the job in cold, wet wintry conditions. Just like many of the items mentioned above, gloves made of neoprene is the way to go. Not only are most neoprene gloves 100% waterproof, they'll keep your hands nice and warm as well.
Do you have any recommendations on winter gear that you find useful? Let us know in the comments below!
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