|Benefits of Dry Suit vs Wet Suit
“We strongly recommend that you don’t use a wetsuit for kayaking during the colder months. ”
Here are just some of the disadvantages of a wetsuits compared to dry suits.
- A drysuit keeps you comfortable whether you stay in your boat or have a dip. If the day goes to plan and you spend all day in your kayak/canoe a wetsuit is particularly uncomfortable to be in all day. Whilst paddling and being active in a winter wetsuit you will most likely get very warm very fast. However when you stop (waiting for the shuttle, waiting with a throwline or waiting for the fish to bite) the water/sweat will cool against your skin and you will begin to get cold fast.
- A wetsuit gives very poor freedom of movement as your body has to work against firm neoprene rather than the light stretchy fleece you would wear under a drysuit.
- A wetsuit can make you wet and warm a dry suit keeps you dry and warm – what would you prefer?
- A wetsuit has very little protection against the wind. Blocking the wind is essential to keeping warm!
- Versatility. The beauty of a drysuit and a layering system is that you can adjust how warm the system is to suit the weather and activity. E.g If you’re going kayak fishing on a mild but windy day and you know you’re going to paddle 300m then stop for three hours at a mark to fish you can really layer up with plenty of fleece to keep you warm as you stop and fish. If you plan to get out in your sea kayak and paddle hard and fast for two hours a drysuit is still you choice but you can wear a fast wicking top such as a Helly Hansen lifa and a lightweight thermal.
- Convenience. Most dry suits are now fitted with a convenience zip for when nature calls.