Keeping warm

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Keeping warm

Post by twitty » Tue Mar 04, 2008 21:36

Hi please can someone advise on warm waterwear,i have a 5mm steamer but was also looking at a thermal undertop,what does everybody else wear to keep warm this time of year apart from not going out.many thanks

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Post by kelvin » Tue Mar 04, 2008 23:54

just a good wetsuit .
either a full hood or one of them beanie's if its not to wavy
and never bother in under 8deg temps . preferably 10 deg
forget dreaming "its time to loop"
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Post by sleekpony » Thu Oct 06, 2011 13:39

My cold weather gear which I would not be without consists of ;
1. A fleecy rash vest under a Spartan steamer.
2. Atan 4mm boots. These have a titanium fleecy lining and are latex for that bare foot feel. (Friends have the 8mm Atans, but complain that they are too thick and squidgy - I have NEVER had cold feet with the 4mm ones and they are so comfortable that I wear them year round.)
3. Neoprene balaclava (keeping your head warm makes a HUGE difference in winter. If you wear a beanie and go out in waves, the voice of experience says tie it on!)
4. I have some ProLimit shaped gloves with a neoprene back and leather front. They are the ONLY gloves that I have ever had which do not make my forearms burn within 30s of getting on the water. (I have spent a fortune on gloves that don't work.) I have heard that a pair of Marigolds help to keep off the wind chill, but have not tried this myself.
5. I usually make sure that something (either the water temperature or the air temperature) is in double figures before I venture out. I have had it only once, but 'the hot aches' is not funny! As it is a much larger body of water, the sea remains warmer for much longer than lakes. It is probably at its warmest now, just at the end of summer. I usually sail through to the end of January on the sea with no problem.

My cold-weather strategy is as follows;
1. Stay warm; once you get cold it is very hard to warm up. To this end, I drive to the beach in my wetsuit. (It helps living only 15mins away.) It beats squeezing into a clammy steamer in a wind-whipped car park in December!
2. Although entering tartan blanket territory, believe me when I say that you will be glad of a flask of hot water and some Cup a Soups when you come in from a winter session! Chocolate or energy bars will help to warm the soul.
3. I could not live without my Ion neoprene rigging jacket, which I don to keep me warm as soon as I come in. A warm beanie is also helpful to keep you toasty once you come off the water.
4. I drive home in my wettie as well (using said Ion neoprene rigging jacket to sit on to keep the van seats dry!) I then change in the womb-like warmth of my own bathroom while running a nice hot bath!
5. If you live too far from the coast to drive there in your wettie, consider moving. Trust me, you won't regret it!

I hope that this helps to extend your season!

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Post by Sue » Thu Oct 06, 2011 16:31

Hi Jackie

Welcome to the Nomad's forum :D .

Very kind of you to reply to the threads - if you start replying to all those that are 3 years old, you may not have any time left to get on the water !! :lol:

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Post by sleekpony » Thu Oct 06, 2011 16:42

Have to start somewhere... I didn't look at the date but I suppose that tips on keeping warm don't go out of date! :lol:

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Post by Sue » Fri Oct 07, 2011 10:26

Hi Jackie - very true! You have some v useful tips there :D

Anyway, you've spurred me into action to try and track down a Spartan ladies winter wetsuit now!! Plus I have a feeling my winter boots developed holes last year - so I could be on the lookout for Atans also!

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