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Old 10-26-2019, 01:18 PM   #4
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I purchased a dry suit that was on sale a few years ago. I have only used it for the Chilly Chili Run, and thankfully I did not go for a swim. It is not insulated, but is supposed to keep you dry. You definitely need a friend to help you in & out of the suit.

Beyond that December trip, I use a pain of dry pants with a splash jacket. I insulate underneath as indicated by the weather. I'm a believer in packing a good dry bag, as most of our trips are near enough to shore that I could climb ashore and change into dry clothes. I also carry a towel and some instant heat packs in my dry bag as well. Something to consider ... if you and the hubby are paddling, maybe have him carry your dry bag and you carry his; if one of you goes for a swim, your dry bag won't be swimming. Also the stuff in my dry bag is packed in zip lock bags.

With all that said, I have considered purchasing a wet suit, just haven't taken the leap yet. It's just another tool in the tool box.
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