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The Basics: What to wear on the river.

Postby Pyro » Wed Oct 01, 2014 2:44 pm

One for all the new smiley faces we've had sign up this year, a post of condensed semi-wisdom about what you should bring along on a river trip with the club.

A few rules first:
Rule #1 - AVOID COTTON
Rule #2 - AVOID WOOL*
Rule #3 - Lots of thin layers is better than one thick one.

*One exception to Rule #2: Merino/Sportswool clothing.


So, pack some or all of the following:

Head
- Buff/thin fleece hat/headband for under your helmet.

Base layers
- Swimming costume for the ladies
- Sport shorts/boxers for the gents - Note RULE #1
- Wicking T-shirt/Tech tee for everyone.
- Wicking leggings/tights if you've got them

Thermal layers
- Sport thermals if you've got them.
- Wetsuit if you have one.
- Fleece jumpers or jackets.
- Lycra/gym tights or fleece trousers.

Shell layers
- The club provides wind/waterproof cag tops.
- Waterproof trousers help keep the wind off.

Feet
- Hiking socks or a couple of pairs of thin socks.
- Old trainers, walking/running shoes or specific paddle boots if you have them.

We've had a general post on Thermals knocking around for a few years. It's a pretty long, rambling spiel about what's good and what's not, and it's available to view HERE.


In addition, you will also need:
- A towel and warm dry clothes and shoes to get changed into.
- A small bag of food: Sarnies/cereal bars/chocolate/jelly babies, whatever keeps you happy.
- A small flask: Whatever hot drink you like, tea/coffee/juice.
- A big smile and a sense of adventure.

See you on the river!
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Postby Robbing » Tue Oct 07, 2014 2:25 pm

I think this is good advice. It should pinned to the top of the forum. Maybe a subject change to something more intuitive though.
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Postby Pyro » Tue Oct 07, 2014 4:58 pm

< Ninja edit >

How's that work for you?
"Sometimes you dig your own."
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Postby Robbing » Tue Oct 07, 2014 6:37 pm

Cracking.
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Postby JackSWeddell » Tue Oct 07, 2014 7:39 pm

Stickerated
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Re: The Basics: What to wear on the river.

Postby Pyro » Mon Jan 11, 2016 10:20 am

Edited so the link to the bigger Thermals post is working.
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