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    Question Cold Weather Riding?

    I am in Tennessee and the temps are 35-40 in the afternnoon right now and I would like to ride a few times this winter. I dont think I can wait till spring to try a few mods.

    What would be the best thickness of wetsuit for these temps? I was looking at 4-3mm suits.

    Normally I would just wear clothes or a shorty but I was out a few weeks ago and a wire came loose and it died. Luckily I was only about 20 feet from shore. lets say I got a little cold.

    Any suggestions would be appreciated.


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    Quote Originally Posted by RiverRat View Post
    I am in Tennessee and the temps are 35-40 in the afternnoon right now and I would like to ride a few times this winter. I dont think I can wait till spring to try a few mods.

    What would be the best thickness of wetsuit for these temps? I was looking at 4-3mm suits.

    Normally I would just wear clothes or a shorty but I was out a few weeks ago and a wire came loose and it died. Luckily I was only about 20 feet from shore. lets say I got a little cold.

    Any suggestions would be appreciated.
    Have you looked into something like this.........

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    for those temp here in the uk try a good 5mm blind stiched suit the way i see it better to be too hot than too cold you can alawys unzip if its to hot.. unzip back a bit or take a dip in suit to cool off.. also with a good 5 mm suit the wind if you decide to test wont cut through to you like some good 3mm or 4 mm suits...
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    On the topic of cold weather riding...

    Be sure to warm up your boat very well before stabbing the throttle to prevent cold seizures.

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    Quote Originally Posted by subarupartsdude View Post
    Have you looked into something like this.........
    No, but I have heard they are pretty warm. I just wasn't sure I would like wearing a heavy jacket and farmer john. Do these work well?

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    Hopefully Mark aka Hydrotoys will chime in and answer that for you.
    I found that picture off of a thread he replied to.
    The last i remember him talking about it,he swears up and down by it.

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    I have a dry suit for cold water riding, works great. I can wear a coat and long johns under it if I need to. I bought it off ebay for 200.00.
    Mike

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    I have a dry suit for cold water riding, works great. I can wear a coat and long johns under it if I need to."

    Me too.

    Once you own one of these you will never go back and wear a wet suit in cold weather .

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    dry suit all the way.. sorry you only asked about wet suit thickness...go for dry as we all do in the uk at this time of year...make sure to get wet suit boots or shoes one size to big so you can get dry suit feet and thermal socks in the shoe... if you ever ski alone avoid a back entry suit as its almost impossible to get in and out on your own due to zip behind you..but good fun to watch my buddy get out of his one alone...reminds me a bit of a dog chasing its tail round and round in circles
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    i have a dry suit and for my occasional riding partners i have neoprene chest waders. the waders have feet and you wear clothes underneath. i have them wear my slippery tour coat overtop and then the life jacket overthat. or vice versa. i have been in the water with this setup and actually the water pressure on the vest kept any water from getting down the suit. they are cheap enuff and work more than adequately. just dont plan on swimming with them on

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