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Old     (ponyh8r)      Join Date: Dec 2004       01-20-2005, 4:27 PM Reply   
I have never boarded in the winter. This weekend the air temp is going to be in the low 60's with a water temp right at 50 degrees.

My question is, would a half wet suit be enough for these temps or would I need a full one? Or, given the temp, will I need a dry suit? I would like to buy a halfy becuase I think I will use it more often. Any help would be appreciated.

Old     (greenpinky)      Join Date: Apr 2004       01-20-2005, 4:44 PM Reply   
I used a shorty wetsuit in 52 degree water last year. Did a dock start, and when I finally went down, it took my breath away. For a second, I honestly couldn't even talk to the driver when he came around. After a bit, it became bearable actually.

To answer your question, sure it's possible. How bad do ya wanna board?
Old     (stanfield)      Join Date: Mar 2004       01-20-2005, 5:01 PM Reply   
That's drysuit weather for me.
Old     (jman)      Join Date: Jul 2004       01-20-2005, 5:43 PM Reply   
My dad got me a bare full wetsuit, and I tried to go in the water, but it was still pretty cold. I don't like cold water very much though.

To think of it, my buddy would probably try it with only shorts on. He's does crazy stuff like that.
Old     (pittsy)      Join Date: Apr 2004       01-20-2005, 5:55 PM Reply   
definatly a drysuit for me, or not riding at all, i like the warm water and air temperature. like the 85 degree water and the 80 degree temp.
Old     (ivyrider)      Join Date: Jan 2004       01-20-2005, 7:25 PM Reply   
I wore a full wetty last winter for the Delta. Even when air was at or below 40, and water was right around there too. It depends on your tolerance. I would wear a shorty in that weather.
Old    hundo            01-20-2005, 8:07 PM Reply   
wear a Oneill physco2 and you won't feel and cold water at all
Old    whitechocolate            01-20-2005, 8:22 PM Reply   
Some people will be ok in a wetsuit. Some people will not. Your shurely not going to die or anything but Its not my Idea of a fun time.
If you use the wet suite and the boat has a hot shower Use it it will warm you up quick, before and after you get in the water. A blast of hot water in the suit can help take the nip off when you get in . Have fun
Old     (clubmyke)      Join Date: Aug 2004       01-20-2005, 8:58 PM Reply   
would suggest drysuit...was out today with a water temp of 57-59 degrees and is was ultra comfortable..

i have been in 50 degree water with a drysuit in lake elsie and IT IS FRIGGIN COLD ( mostly hands and feet- gloves help out alot)..

a drysuit with microfiber fleece sweats will keep it workable..

(Message edited by clubmyke on January 20, 2005)
Old     (jman)      Join Date: Jul 2004       01-21-2005, 2:38 PM Reply   
It would be great to get a drysuit, but what about the hands and feet. What does everyone do for their feet? Or just bare feet?
Old     (acurtis_ttu)      Join Date: May 2004       01-21-2005, 2:58 PM Reply   
your feet are in your bindings and that helps a little. The coldest parts for me are my hands and head (longer hair) 50 is freakin cold! Definatley say wear a drysuit. you may not die in 50 water w/ a wetsuit but you'll be uncomfortable and will probably be sick the following week.

(Message edited by acurtis_ttu on January 21, 2005)
Old     (wakehound)      Join Date: Oct 2003       01-24-2005, 8:35 AM Reply   
Drysuit for sure. Your feet will stay warm, wear gloves or just keep your hands out of the water. You'll have a blast!
Old     (dirwoody)      Join Date: Apr 2003       01-24-2005, 9:19 AM Reply   
I've trunked it at 56 water and 60 air, deep water start, and I wouldn't suggest it, I cramped up pretty quick, but it's definately bearable with a shorty or full. I went out last christmas with Frew at canyon and used a drysuit, but it was about 40 air and water that day. you should be fine with you wetsuit, but, as above, I difinately suggest gloves
Old     (hyperlitenrd)      Join Date: Jan 2003       01-24-2005, 10:25 AM Reply   
I did a spring wet suit last yr on our test drive (knees and elbows) ari was 56 water 53, the air felt warm with just short and tee shirt so i figured id be fine, not, jump in, do the lil sinky thing we all do, start hyperventalting, the guy on the test drive thought i was going to die, but you just have to get 1 word out go! as soon as I was up in the air, it was better, but i was done within like 10 min. get a dry suit.
Old     (poser007)      Join Date: Nov 2004       01-24-2005, 11:38 AM Reply   
I just got a new Bare Ultra Drysuit and tried it out in my pool yesterday. The temp outside was about 35 and the pool water around 38 When I went in the water I could feel the water was cold but it wasnt to bad. My feet and hands on the other hand felt like the were goin gto fall off. I have a shorty wetrsuit and last time I used it was in October when the temp outside was about 65-70 and the water around 60. When I jumped into the water I wanted to scream lol maybe Im a wuss though
Old     (big_ed_x2)      Join Date: Jul 2004       01-24-2005, 3:25 PM Reply   
Anything other than a drysuit in that temp is INSANE!I don't know how you guy doit out there with just a wetsuit!!
Definetly not fun when it's cold!


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