I live in MN, and have paddled in about 50 degree water temp which is about the lowest temp I have paddled.
I have had opportunities to paddle with others lately, but the water temp is around 38-40 degrees & I don't have a wetsuit or drysuit. After some reading, I know everyone recommends a drysuit, but I don't have $1,000 to fork out for one right now. So what's the best alternative? 7mm wetsuit ?? Will that do the job if I swim in 38 degree water? I mostly run rivers & can swim to shore pretty quick if I have to. Will a 7mm wetsuit keep me warm enough AFTER I get to shore. Most the runs I do are in the middle of nowhere & can take hours to get to the take out site. So, would I be OK running several more miles after a swim with a wetsuit?