When stand up paddleboarding (SUP) in cold water, it is important to wear a proper thermal suit to stay warm and safe. Two popular options for cold water paddling are wetsuits and drysuits. Here are some factors to consider when deciding between a wetsuit and drysuit for SUP:
Ultimately, the decision between a wetsuit and drysuit for SUP will depend on the specific conditions and personal preference. It's important to choose a suit that provides enough warmth and protection for the water temperature and conditions, while still allowing for comfortable movement on the board.
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Wet suits are made of a rubber neoprene. They are designed to keep you warm, especially if wet. A proper fit is key to experiencing the warmth your wetsuit is rated for. It's not waterproof, so a loose fit will let too much water in and cause chills. A skin-tight fit it what you’re looking for. If it becomes wet, your body temperature will warm the water absorbed by the neoprene to keep you warm.
There is no need to wear clothing underneath, although depending on temperature you may want to wear a thin layer such as a swim suit, or a full thin liner if paddling in very cold weather.
Paddlers’ wetsuits are generally 2 to 3 mm thick. There are full-length suits that cover your entire body and may include booties, or shorty suits that are typically cut above the knee and to the elbow for warmer weather. If you are paddling in extreme weather you might consider a getting a thicker suit such as can be found at a dive shop. It’s always a good idea to ask other boarders what they’re wearing for a particular situation.
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Neoprene doesn't breath so your neoprene wetshoes can begin to acquire foot odour over time. The following video gives some solutions for how to maintain and keep your wetshoes as fresh as possible.
A drysuit is made of waterproof material (various materials are used). It is basically a shell with seals at the neck and wrists to keep the water out, and the boot is built in. These suits are not designed for warmth, so you need to consider the temperature the drysuit is rated for and layer underneath to address weather conditions. The typical suit is designed with divers and kayakers in mind, but is widely used by SUPers and works well. Some drysuit manufacturers are beginning to design specifically for stand up paddlers: lightweight, good fit, and with room for thermal layers for cold days.
More in-depth details on drysuits:
SUP specific drysuit –"Surf Dry" Jacket
In 2012 a company in Victoria, B.C. Canada (OceanRodeo.com) designed the first drysuit specifically for paddle boarders called the "Soul". Today they offer the "Heat", "Soul" and "Ignite". These suits are unisex in style and come in a range of sizes. See reviews at the following link.Ocean Rodeo Ignite
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Drysuits, wetsuits and rash guards. You may need all three depending on your paddleboarding preferences.
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