Kayak drysuits are worn by kayakers to keep them warm and dry when they are in a cold environment. It is necessary to have some kind of exposure protection when the air or water temperature is low, and a kayaking dry suit is the perfect solution. Water is kept from entering the body of a kayak drysuit through built in seals located at the ankles, wrist and neck area.
A kayak drysuit has three major advantages over wearing a two piece outfit.
- As there are no joins between top and bottom there is nowhere for water to "seep" in on a kayak drysuit.
- There is much less bulk in the middle of a kayak drysuit. There is no overlap between top and bottom layers a kayaking dry suit which makes it considerably less bulky in the middle for comfort and a greater freedom of movement.
- The ease of pulling up to a venue and quickly sliding into a one piece kayak drysuit with the confidence that you'll warm and dry for the day makes paddling free and very enjoyable!
Heat is lost to the environment in four ways
Heat flows from a warmer object to a cooler one. Since your body is often warmer than the air, you lose heat when your skin is exposed. With the right kayak drysuit covering your body, you'll be more comfortable.
Heat is lost through air movement. A cold, windy day will steal your heat and energy faster than a calm day. A kayak drysuit is windproof and will cut convective heat loss.
Heat is lost with contact with something cold and that loss is up to 32 times faster when that something cold is water. Conductive heat loss can be balanced with a good kayak drysuit.
Heat dissipates when moisture leaves the body as vapor (perspiration). Even though it may be cold outside, if you are exerting yourself, you will sweat. As that sweat evaporates your body will get colder. You can manage that moisture with a good system of moisture wicking, hydrophobic insulation and breathable, waterproof kayak drysuit.
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