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Kayak pants are worn by kayakers, stand-up paddlers and rafters to keep their legs warm and dry. Kayaking splash pants are also worn as a way to protect the legs of the kayaker from the getting beaten up if paddlers will be portaging and/or traveling far with kayak. Kayak pants are matched up nicely with a kayak drytop or kayaking splash top. Kayak pants are one an important piece of paddling apparel for any serious kayaker.

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 pants 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 pair of kayak pants.


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 pants.

Most Popular Kayak Pants:

Kokatat and NRS and Stohlquist make some of the most popular kayak pants.