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    Cold Water/ Weather Riding Gear

    I have mentioned a lot in the past about my riding in cold weather and cold water. I thought I would share exactly what I wear when I do this. My gear keeps me safe should I fall into the water in just about any water temp. You have to remember, you need to protect yourself from the water temps you are riding in, not just be comfortable on the seat. Having something catastrophic happen to the ski and spending possibly an hour or more in the water while waiting for help can kill you if you arent dressed properly. I have seen too many people here post up advice as to what to wear in the cold without taking the water temps into account. You can wear what you want, but this is what I feel safe in:



    This is the suit I have. You could really pick any suit that has a rating for the temperature of water you will riding in. I chose this mainly for the price and it does work well. Its pretty thick and heavy, which I think helps in the cold air. I have been out in air as cold as 28 and water barely above freezing.

    http://www.wetsuitwearhouse.com/page...B#.VNoKjkdQMvg

    I decided I wanted a little more warmth and bought this. This under layer makes a huge difference in comfort. A little pricey but well worth it. With this layer and the 7mm suit I have been swimming comfortably in 40 degree water. This got really expensive since I bought mine. I think I paid around 60 bucks. Either way, its worth the cost.

    http://www.wetsuitwearhouse.com/page...1#.VNoLrkdQMvg

    Then you need some boots. I have these, but anything you like thats a 7mm boot will work. Its amazing just walking straight into freezing cold water.

    http://www.wetsuitwearhouse.com/page...Z#.VNoMiEdQMvg

    I have these gloves and they work well. If its cold outside, you do get a little wind chill through them when riding fast, but its not too bad. You could get thicker if you wanted but I find these to be a nice combination of warmth and flexibility.

    http://www.wetsuitwearhouse.com/page...N#.VNoM9UdQMvg

    I added a scuba hood. This keeps your head warm. Works really well unless you take a face full of cold water. Then you get brain freeze if the water is cold enough. But in a screwed up sort of way it actually feels good. I ride Lake Michigan, so that mainly comes from crashing through big waves. If you ride flat lakes you won't have that issue.

    http://www.wetsuitwearhouse.com/page...N#.VNoNjEdQMvg

    I also have a Jet Pilot tour coat that I wear over all of this if its really cold. It does help with the wind chill.

    I bought all of this mainly to be safe if I were to ever end up in the cold water. I did spend roughly 45 minutes swimming around in water that was in the low 40s and I was comfortable. It just turns out that this stuff keeps you warm in cold air too. Above 50 air temps and you are sweating. Above 40 and sunny, and its comfortable. I was out for a few hours one day when it was 34 degrees, sunny, and calm and I was comfortable.


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    Cold Water/ Weather Riding Gear

    I have mentioned a lot in the past about my riding in cold weather and cold water. I thought I would share exactly what I wear when I do this. My gear keeps me safe should I fall into the water in just about any water temp. You have to remember, you need to protect yourself from the water temps you are riding in, not just be comfortable on the seat. Having something catastrophic happen to the ski and spending possibly an hour or more in the water while waiting for help can kill you if you arent dressed properly. I have seen too many people here post up advice as to what to wear in the cold without taking the water temps into account. You can wear what you want, but this is what I feel safe in:



    This is the suit I have. You could really pick any suit that has a rating for the temperature of water you will riding in. I chose this mainly for the price and it does work well. Its pretty thick and heavy, which I think helps in the cold air. I have been out in air as cold as 28 and water barely above freezing.

    http://www.wetsuitwearhouse.com/page...B#.VNoKjkdQMvg

    I decided I wanted a little more warmth and bought this. This under layer makes a huge difference in comfort. A little pricey but well worth it. With this layer and the 7mm suit I have been swimming comfortably in 40 degree water. This got really expensive since I bought mine. I think I paid around 60 bucks. Either way, its worth the cost.

    http://www.wetsuitwearhouse.com/page...1#.VNoLrkdQMvg

    Then you need some boots. I have these, but anything you like thats a 7mm boot will work. Its amazing just walking straight into freezing cold water.

    http://www.wetsuitwearhouse.com/page...Z#.VNoMiEdQMvg

    I have these gloves and they work well. If its cold outside, you do get a little wind chill through them when riding fast, but its not too bad. You could get thicker if you wanted but I find these to be a nice combination of warmth and flexibility.

    http://www.wetsuitwearhouse.com/page...N#.VNoM9UdQMvg

    I added a scuba hood. This keeps your head warm. Works really well unless you take a face full of cold water. Then you get brain freeze if the water is cold enough. But in a screwed up sort of way it actually feels good. I ride Lake Michigan, so that mainly comes from crashing through big waves. If you ride flat lakes you won't have that issue.

    http://www.wetsuitwearhouse.com/page...N#.VNoNjEdQMvg

    I also have a Jet Pilot tour coat that I wear over all of this if its really cold. It does help with the wind chill.

    I bought all of this mainly to be safe if I were to ever end up in the cold water. I did spend roughly 45 minutes swimming around in water that was in the low 40s and I was comfortable. It just turns out that this stuff keeps you warm in cold air too. Above 50 air temps and you are sweating. Above 40 and sunny, and its comfortable. I was out for a few hours one day when it was 34 degrees, sunny, and calm and I was comfortable.


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    Coldest I've been in is mid 40's air low 40's water. I dress a little lighter then u do. Anyone who thinks it's nuts to ride in cold has no idea what they are missing out on. On the east coast best riding is September to late November. Worth the extra time to dress up. Plus the looks u get are priceless. Nice write up

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    Appreciate you sharing what works for you!

    Now if only I could get to the cold water in my lake... darn ice!

    Cheers!

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    In NY I ride from late April to mid November with the following gear.

    Slippery float coat

    http://www.slipperywetsuits.com/prod...roductId=79513

    O'Neill 5/4 chest entry full suit with hood

    http://www.tactics.com/oneill/pyrote...ck-black-black

    O'Neill rash guard

    http://www.tactics.com/oneill/skins-...guard/graphite

    O'Neill 5mm Heat Boots

    http://www.tactics.com/oneill/skins-...guard/graphite

    O'Neill 3mm Gloves

    http://www.tactics.com/oneill/3mm-dl...t-gloves/black

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    Quote Originally Posted by devils ride 250 View Post
    Coldest I've been in is mid 40's air low 40's water. I dress a little lighter then u do. Anyone who thinks it's nuts to ride in cold has no idea what they are missing out on. On the east coast best riding is September to late November. Worth the extra time to dress up. Plus the looks u get are priceless. Nice write up

    I agree with you 100 percent. I give up summer riding days because I don't want to put up with the hassle of all of the traffic, cops, etc. Not to mention all of the boat wakes make it brutal out there some times. I love riding in the fall. Having the clothing makes it so you can hit the water the first chance after ice goes out. I could ride now, but there is a 3 foot mountain of ice at the boat ramp I could never get over.

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    Best part of all this is that you can go for a swim if you want to. I do it a lot. You really get some looks from people.

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    Under Armour Cold Gear compression, over-layered with Columbia Omnitech shell up top and Under Armour pants, rubber boots with HotHands inserts and balaclava over the face. Then I sweat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CCW View Post
    Under Armour Cold Gear compression, over-layered with Columbia Omnitech shell up top and Under Armour pants, rubber boots with HotHands inserts and balaclava over the face. Then I sweat.

    What happens if you end up in the lake?

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    I get out as quick as possible.

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