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Old     (dreamer)      Join Date: Nov 2008       05-12-2010, 8:14 PM Reply   
The water here is around 55' and the air is 65'. What do you guys wear under your drysuit?
Old     (sidekicknicholas)      Join Date: Mar 2007       05-12-2010, 8:17 PM Reply   
Usually just like shorts and a t-shirt.... anything else you can't move for **** ... and it sucks if you wear a sweatshirt or something (and its your only one) and you get a leak and its soaked.
Old     (wake_upppp)      Join Date: Nov 2003       05-12-2010, 8:30 PM Reply   
Boardshorts and my vest
Old     (HSE)      Join Date: Mar 2010       05-12-2010, 8:44 PM Reply   
It depends on the temp outside with me. In the winter I wear sweats, sweatshirt and stay toasty warm.
Old     (joesell)      Join Date: Apr 2001       05-12-2010, 8:51 PM Reply   
I dress however I would dress for the day. If the water is 55, I would wear sweats, no vest. The trapped air, and the sweat shirt will keep you floating.

If it's above 60, Shorts and a vest.

Don't worry, you'll figure it out after your first set.
Old     (wake_upppp)      Join Date: Nov 2003       05-12-2010, 10:22 PM Reply   
Trapped air can easily be forced out in a fall and a sweatshirt will not keep you afloat once its wet. Be smart. Always wear a vest while riding regardless of whatever else you have on.
Old     (gnarslayer)      Join Date: Sep 2008       05-12-2010, 10:44 PM Reply   
man you will always float in that drysuit no matter how much air gets pushed out and the is no way your hoodie will get wet enough to sink you..... ive smacked soooo hard so many times in my oneill boost drysuit and not one drop gets in..... a dry suit also is like a big cushon when u eat crap... i wear a hoodie and jeans when its real cold out... a drysuit is easily safer than a vest they should be coast guard approved. oneill is the way to go dont get anything else they are the best by far.
Old     (jeff_mn)      Join Date: Jul 2009       05-13-2010, 6:09 AM Reply   
I usually go naked and then share the drysuit with my bros later
Old     (antoddio)      Join Date: Dec 2006       05-13-2010, 6:23 AM Reply   
If you wear much more than shorts and a sweatshirt and vest you will soak yourself in sweat
Old     (gunz)      Join Date: Sep 2001       05-13-2010, 6:24 AM Reply   
The stupid is huge on this thread.

Wear a vest.
Old     (joesell)      Join Date: Apr 2001       05-13-2010, 7:01 AM Reply   
You guys are absolutly right. You should always wear a vest if your "drysuit" is more like a wetsuit. I don't get wet in mine at all. So really, my sweatshirt is a vest.
Old     (cjh1669)      Join Date: Apr 2005       05-13-2010, 7:24 AM Reply   
Depends on the dry suit. The neoprene ones I where shorts and a Tshirt, the loose ones I've worn jeans and a jacket or shorts and a tshirt, plus my vest.
Old     (bmartin)      Join Date: Jan 2007       05-13-2010, 7:40 AM Reply   
Stay away from cotton since it provides zero or negative insulation when wet. Even if you do not have leaks you will get 'wet' when you sweat and hit the cold water causing instant condensation. Poly type materials are where it is at ranging from rash guards/under armor type shirts to fleece depending on temp.

Relying on trapped air to float you puts you at risk of eliminating any future contributions to the gene pool.
Old     (lfrider92)      Join Date: Sep 2008       05-13-2010, 9:06 AM Reply   
i wear sweats and a long sleeve thermal shirt. and i stay very warm all winter long. i tried a hoodie one time, and was soaked in sweat when i came out i was so hot. i do always bring a change of clothes though, you never know if your gunna take a nasty fall and get soaked, or blow a seal out. its nice to know you have something warm you can change into worse case scenario.
Old     (joesell)      Join Date: Apr 2001       05-13-2010, 9:23 AM Reply   
It just occured to me that we're talking about different kinds of riding. I usually foil, or surf when it's cold. When foiling, it's almost imposible to strap in with a drysuit, warm clothes, and a vest. Besides, You can't get ejected from a foil, and they float. When surfing, I probably could wear a vest, but I can't even think of how you could get a seal spliting crash.

I do however always wear a vest while boarding.
Old     (nbigger)      Join Date: May 2008       05-13-2010, 9:42 AM Reply   
I rode last week in a pair of slacks and a polo shirt LOL. If the dry suit is the right size and the seals are good you should not get wet just make sure the seals are on your skin and there are no rolls in them. I have never worn a vest in a drysuit they float very well and you would need a very large hole in a seal to keep you from floating. But better safe than sorry I guess.
Old     (sdub)      Join Date: Jan 2003       05-13-2010, 10:10 AM Reply   
remember to pee BEFORE you put on the drysuit
Old    sperbet            05-13-2010, 10:23 AM Reply   
sweat pants and a thermal top
Old     (bcrider)      Join Date: Apr 2006       05-13-2010, 10:55 AM Reply   
sweat pants, under armor type shirt or just a long sleeve T. Anything more up top and you'll be cooking by the end.
Old     (wade_lewark)      Join Date: Jan 2010       05-13-2010, 10:58 AM Reply   
depends on time of year... we just got our first dry suit this season, went out 1st of march and wore sweats and sweatshirt that day, after that, I just wore under armor top/bottom as I was sweating b4... went out last weekend, and did not need dry suit! Summer is here, yeah!
Old     (bradlayinlow)      Join Date: Mar 2010       05-13-2010, 11:01 AM Reply   
sweat pants and thermals seem to me like they would be the best
Old     (hatepain)      Join Date: Aug 2006       05-13-2010, 11:19 AM Reply   
Your mother's lip stick!
Old     (mattjj23)      Join Date: May 2008       05-13-2010, 5:49 PM Reply   
thermals. But wearing a drysuit sucks when you crash, there is no protection. I bruised myself up pretty good a couple weekends ago.
Old     (wake_upppp)      Join Date: Nov 2003       05-13-2010, 6:04 PM Reply   
"Relying on trapped air to float you puts you at risk of eliminating any future contributions to the gene pool." And in some cases thats a good thing! LOL
Old     (talltigeguy)      Join Date: Sep 2003       05-13-2010, 8:12 PM Reply   
Obviously the guys who say not to wear a vest in their drysuit have never had one on when it fills with water. A small hole can fill the drysuit with water in a hurry.

Wear a vest either under or over that thing!

Depends on how cold it is. Sweats when it is cold, thin T shirt when it is warmer. I once went on my lunch break in November on my birthday...wearing a shirt and tie with slacks from work.
Old     (mim3)      Join Date: Sep 2006       05-14-2010, 10:26 AM Reply   
I don't like riding with all the air in the suit. Jump in the water and vent the air out at the neck cuff. Your vest will fit better. Thermal undies work great.
Old     (bill_airjunky)      Join Date: Apr 2002       05-14-2010, 1:38 PM Reply   
Originally Posted by bmartin View Post
Relying on trapped air to float you puts you at risk of eliminating any future contributions to the gene pool.
No kidding. We've pulled a guy up as he was heading down with a ripped drysuit. He landed on his back, popped the drysuit, and was sinking in a hurry. Don't believe that you won't sink, especially knocked silly.
I just wear Levis & a sweatshirt. No problems. 60 degree water temps now & have ditched the drysuit for the year.
Old    kaligirl            05-14-2010, 4:29 PM Reply   
Bikini Seriously, on Cinco de Mayo the water was only 63 but the air temp was upper 70's. Too cold for a wet bikini in the boat but a dry one worked great. Worked on my tan and my surface 3's!

Normally in the winter, thermals and sweats...and I always wear a vest under...just makes me feel better.
Old     (bill_sloan)      Join Date: Nov 2007       05-15-2010, 6:00 AM Reply   
IF it's 55, it's time for the spring suit.


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