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Postby Jamess » Sat Feb 19, 2011 9:34 pm

kerrrrrrrching!!! be trying mine out tomorro!
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Postby Charley » Sat Feb 19, 2011 10:43 pm

Jamess wrote:kerrrrrrrching!!! be trying mine out tomorro!

why would you buy a GOPRO? what are you going to film in a marathon boat?! the potaging of anything more than a ripple? =) is this the only reason you're coming tomorrow, so you can play with your new toy?
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Postby Jamess » Sat Feb 19, 2011 11:42 pm

You Forget charley boy that boating in kayaks is not all I do.... It's probably going to be super useful and fun for one of the other sports I'm versed in... Sailing, racing, rib driving, wake boarding, kite surfing, regular surfing.... Dare I go on....
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Postby Jamess » Sat Feb 19, 2011 11:43 pm

And no, I wanted to break the ice, get back into boating... I used to enjoy it, even of I didn't know what I was doing...
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Postby IsaacJonesy » Sun Feb 20, 2011 6:01 pm

Simple question guys...do you think a wetsuit would be a worthwhile investment as i dont have the cash for a drysuit at the min..and cant see it appearing any time soon. so yeah, wetsuits? I know some people boat in them. :)
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Postby harry » Sun Feb 20, 2011 6:27 pm

if u get one, get a 'long john' one. stops chavgae under the arms when your paddling. i prefer them. got one if u wanna try it out.

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Postby Roo » Sun Feb 20, 2011 7:37 pm

Totally agree with Harry mate! Longjons (sleeveless wetsuit) are perfect. also try and invest in some good thermals. TK max are wicked for getting cheap, but good, fleeces. That combination, with the club kit on top would be my perfect option for all the begginner/ intermediates!
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Postby TomC » Sun Feb 20, 2011 8:12 pm

My wet suit made me like kayaking - they are awesome. Thermals - that sports direct place on the headrow does awesome ones for £7 i think.

Independent of order/priority.. Chris(M), Charley, Darragh etc all have dry suits - decent dry cags seem to cost £100+. Cant really afford to buy a dry cag as a beginner to then buy a dry suit in a year or so as I get better. Any merit to buying a dry cag, then dry trousers if/when i ever get more $$, and is that combo comparable to a real drysuit?

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Postby RodolfoB » Sun Feb 20, 2011 8:38 pm

I got a wetsuit and it's really good with a couple of good thermals underneath...it was the cheapest option seeing as money to dry stuff is lacking. I know that kayakers tend to prefer longjons but I opted for a normal one so that I could do other stuff with it. Can't really complain, it's not a problem when paddling for me.

About buying it I would say really know your size. I got mine from the Wetsuit center, all the back but in Dorset but thanks to the wonders of online shopping but had a good look around in shops so see my size (size vary with makers, obviously) - try the O'neill shop or Roho.
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Postby jack » Sun Feb 20, 2011 8:50 pm

TomC wrote:My wet suit made me like kayaking - they are awesome. Thermals - that sports direct place on the headrow does awesome ones for £7 i think.

Independent of order/priority.. Chris(M), Charley, Darragh etc all have dry suits - decent dry cags seem to cost £100+. Cant really afford to buy a dry cag as a beginner to then buy a dry suit in a year or so as I get better. Any merit to buying a dry cag, then dry trousers if/when i ever get more $$, and is that combo comparable to a real drysuit?

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I find the whole dry cag and trousers option to be working quite well for me, when I swam the other day in Scotland I was probably about 80% and warmed up pretty quickly. BUT a descent dry cag will cost upwards of 150 quid and a good set of dry trousers will cost at least 100 (probably more) when you add those up your really not that far away from a dry suit, which is (despite what I just said) a lot better.
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Postby IsaacJonesy » Sun Feb 20, 2011 9:07 pm

Yeah i think im gunna go for a wetsuit then, if it was just for kayaking id get the long john style i think, but think i'm gunna opt for a full one, just so i can use it for other sports if need be. :) Plus i intend to get a drysuit one day :)

I went to sports direct, didnt see any good thermals...obviously the charming young man (sarcasm) working there showed me to the wrong section. What do they look like tom?
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Postby Dárragh » Sun Feb 20, 2011 9:21 pm

TomC wrote: Independent of order/priority.. Chris(M), Charley, Darragh etc all have dry suits - decent dry cags seem to cost £100+. Cant really afford to buy a dry cag as a beginner to then buy a dry suit in a year or so as I get better. Any merit to buying a dry cag, then dry trousers if/when i ever get more $$, and is that combo comparable to a real drysuit?


Dry Cag and Trousers are a great combo, you'll just find that you'll spend just as much money on them from new as a drysuit anyway and they'll give you more jip if you don't get a good matching set...

As my Drysuit has a ripped neckseal now I'm having to go back to using my old ripped neckseal dry cag and thermals/shorts/over trousers...
I picked up my nookie dry cag from ebay for ~£50, 2 and a half years ago and it has tight neoprene covering over the neck seal which slightly helps with the ingress of cold water; neck seal ripped about 2 years ago and haven't bothered fixing it(no massive need).

I did the whole shorty wetsuit with cag, fleeces/rashies and semi waterproof over-trousers (kinda like golfing trousers), and would recommend that to people without the money to spend on a drysuit/cag and dry trousers. When you can further save up for a suit you then have a summer Cag+shorts alternative or if your drysuit needs a repair!
Completely up to you bud, but my opinion is definitely not the only one available, or necessarily the best!
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Postby RodolfoB » Sun Feb 20, 2011 10:52 pm

IsaacJonesy wrote:I went to sports direct, didnt see any good thermals...obviously the charming young man (sarcasm) working there showed me to the wrong section. What do they look like tom?



I have a good one that I bought from blacks (over a tenner) and a cheaper one (fiver) that goes on over it (but under wetsuit) from matalan, try the usual outdoor shops, blacks, millets, etc and primark, tkmax, etc, for cheaper alternatives


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Postby Alex B » Mon Feb 21, 2011 8:09 am

wow! thank guys, plenty of bedtime reading there :) I heard someone mentioning a roho trip soon, is this a goer?
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Postby Pyro » Mon Feb 21, 2011 8:44 am

Yup, Thursday, leaving Headingley 6ish.
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