After an unprecedented Summer, where spending time outdoors kayaking or canoeing was a daily escape and the highlight of our days, you might be wondering how you can extend your paddling season to all year-round and carry on your paddling adventures.
However, what you wear kayaking or canoeing can really affect your overall experience on the water.
To help you feel comfortable and enjoy your time outdoors, we have listed some tips on what to wear when paddling in cold weather.
Layers, Layers, Layers
Layer up and get ready for the cold weather!
Drysuits are one of our favourite pieces of kit!
If you are planning in spending longer periods of time kayaking and canoeing, exploring new places, and want to stay warm and dry throughout the day, a drysuit is one of the best investments you can make. Drysuits offer great protection from wind and water and if maintained properly, can last a good number of years.
Drysuits are suitable for various paddling disciplines, from sea kayaking to whitewater canoeing.
Usually made of a quick-drying, waterproof fabric, most quality drysuits from well-renowned brands such as NRS and Typhoon allow freedom of movement (including cleverly positioned zips and offset seams for ease-of-use and durability), and keep you protected against the elements, with latex seals around the wrists and neck to keep the water out.
We recommend wearing thermal layers underneath the drysuit, to help retain heat.
Alternatively, if you are planning in diving or going for a swim, wetsuits are a great option to keep you warm on the water.
Take a look at the NRS Crux Drysuit (available for men and women), a real staff favourite!
Keep your feet as dry and warm as possible. We recommend wearing water shoes, boots and socks made of a quick-dry material, such as neoprene. If you are walking through muddy areas with lots of branches, we recommend getting shoes or boots with a resistant grip, made to last, such as Astral's Brewer 2.0.
Our team loves kayaking and canoeing all-year-round and we hope you will too!
Choose the right gear and go for versatile, comfortable, durable paddling clothes, that will resist the test of time.
Consider the type of paddling that you will be doing, the level of physical intensity required and the type of water and location where you will be kayaking when getting new gear.
Our team is here to provide impartial advice and help you find the right paddling gear that will suit your needs, budget and lifestyle.
We would love to hear from you!