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PostPosted: October 24th, 2020, 7:17 pm 
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Do most flat water canoeists wear dry suits while paddling in the shoulder season? Thank you.


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PostPosted: October 24th, 2020, 7:32 pm 
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I'd bet a canoe that most don't.


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PostPosted: October 24th, 2020, 7:32 pm 
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I don't think it is necessary as a general rule but it depends on circumstances. Are you on calm quiet water? What is your experience level? How realistic is flipping your canoe? I've done many 2 day ago ice out trips with just good layers and wearing a PFD. I also just ordered a dry suit so the next time I do an ice-out trip I will have the right gear just in case. On the other hand, fall tends to have warmer waters compared to air temperature so I'm much less concerned in early fall compared to ice-out spring. If I were doing white water where a dump was more probable then a drysuit or wetsuit would be a must.

Based on what I see on canoe trips from other canoeists in the spring and fall it is very rare to see someone wearing a drysuit or a wetsuit. They are more common among kayaker's and whitewater folks. But I think they can have value as part of a safety system should you desire one. Like I said, I ultimately pulled for one because I don't want to be worried on my next ice-out trip. Needed? No.


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PostPosted: October 25th, 2020, 9:12 am 
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You could move you post to a more appropriate category. Right now it's here: Board index » General Discussion » The Camper's Kitchen

It is prudent to dress for the water conditions.

Also see the recent Post subject: Re: Flat Water Trip in Algonquin | Early November | Dry suit here:
https://www.myccr.com/phpbbforum/viewto ... ead#unread

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PostPosted: October 25th, 2020, 10:03 am 
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@paddlepower
what you don't eat on the water? lol

CanoeBee wrote:
Do most flat water canoeists wear dry suits while paddling in the shoulder season? Thank you.


as others have mentioned, dressing right is important
think of a drysuit kind of like a bicycle helmet. you gonna bring the thing?
kinda depends on stuff right? can't get too paranoid right? I mean you can, but that's no fun.
gotta have standards.
fair chance falling in? out from shore? cold water? = high risk (of bad outcome).

think 'probability of bad outcome' Not 'possibility of bad outcome'.
when risk is very high (of BAD outcome), be very interested in a dry suit.
when risk is low, be hardly interested in one.

if you can't tell whether risk is high or low or what determining factors are,
then that's what needs to be worn (in the mind)
and this place (CCR) is an awesome place to find out what those are.

assessing risk is half the drysuit, in a sense.
it is the most important method of keeping dry. i can't stress this enough.
knowing risk = making good decisions = being dry
(note, just one of the good decisions may (or may not) be: Get a dry suit)

we've just seen people die in Opeongo because why?
Looks like: No risk assessment. But definitely not because: no drysuit.
when you buy a drysuit, you're buying half of one, so to speak.
The real drysuit is learning the risks and making the corresponding decisions.

good stuff below,
https://www.myccr.com/phpbbforum/viewto ... 16&t=14867
https://www.myccr.com/phpbbforum/viewto ... =20&t=7382
https://www.myccr.com/phpbbforum/viewto ... 20&t=45569
https://mail.myccr.com/phpbbforum/viewt ... 20&t=41200
https://www.myccr.com/phpbbforum/viewto ... 16&t=31133


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