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A dry suit is very useful if you plan on kayaking in cold waters

A dry suit is very similar to a wet suit with one noticeable difference: you'll stay dry inside of the suit. As a result, this is a good suit in situations where the water is going to be very cold. Even though a wet suit will help you to warm up the water that is trapped near your skin and keep you warm, when the water is very cold, you should look for a dry suit instead of a wet suit.

The reason for this is that dry suits trap air next to your body instead of water. This keeps you warmer because warm air will always keep you warmer than warm water - in fact, your body will lose heat in warm water if it is any cooler than body temperature. This is why people can even get hypothermia in relatively warm water - it's possible to get hypothermia in water that is 80 degrees Fahrenheit!

Since a dry suit works by trapping warm air next to your body, it's important that it have waterproof seals at the neck, wrists, and ankles. Therefore, before you buy one, you should make sure that you're getting this waterproof seal. You should also make sure that the seal does not pinch you when you move - otherwise kayaking might end up being very uncomfortable.

There are three major types of dry suits based on the materials that each are made out of.

The cheapest type of dry suit is just made out of neoprene like a wet suit. This suit is the warmest type of dry suit. Part of the reason is that it is made out of thicker material than some of the other suits. These suits are also a bit bulkier than some of the other types, but since you are going to be kayaking and not diving, it should not be a problem.

If you're looking for a dry suit that is a little bit less stiff, then you should think about getting one that is made out of membrane. This waterproof fabric is thinner than neoprene and makes it easy for you to move around. However, it is not nearly as warm as a neoprene dry suit and is generally more expensive. If you're going to be kayaking in an area that has very cold water, you'll probably want to get a neoprene dry suit.

While you might be able to kayak without going into the water at all, you should always be prepared for any situation. The best way to be prepared is to dress as if you're going to go into the water -especially if you are kayaking in an area where the water is very cold. The last thing you want to do is get dumped into cold water and not be prepared!


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