I was out kitesurfing in January and it was -1 degree even without factoring in wind and water chill - brrrr. Improvements in wetsuits can only be a good thing.
Government-boffins-for-hire at the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) have claimed a breakthrough in wetsuit design that will enable watersports enthusiasts to frolic in Britain's frigid seas for longer. Working with pro-windsurfer Chris "Muzza" Murray and manufacturer Spartan, NPL scientists made detailed temperature …
Dry suits are actually quite uncomfortable and restrictive. I find the seal around the neck makes me want to gag all the time and the ones round the wrists are just comfortable tourniquets. When inflated, there is somewhat of a Michelin Man feeling and there is that shrink-wrapped feeling when it is deflated. The boots are also built-in, thereby limiting the type of activity you do.
In any case, balaclava and gloves are wet suit technology so even if you are fairly comfortable in socks, long johns, jumper and fleece under your dry suit, your face, head and hands are subject to the mercy of sub-ambient temperatures. Furthermore, dry suits are not 100% dry as the seals are not 100% (for the reasons stated) and you frequently end up with damp clothing.
For me, there is really no comparison with a wet suit when it comes to frolicking about in the waves.
Not to mention, a dry suit costs more and is liable to ripping and puncturing which renders it somewhat useless.
I do like those wetsuits they make with the battery powered heated sections, but I don't think I'd fancy using one because I'm bound to get electrocuted : -P
Dry suits come in two types though.
Neoprene - restrictive
Laminate - full mobility.
And you are meant to dump the air out to avoid the Bibendum effect
I use both types, and wetsuits for a variety of watersports activities so not unaware of the relative merits.
And I would love to learn to kitesurf, having watched it at Scarborough Beach - the one in the Southern Hemisphere though
Paris because she would look good in neoprene/latex/whatever
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