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Paddled the Huron often in the winter over the years
as well as the Shiawassee River.
Annual St Patricks paddle at Island State Rec
aka Kensington Kent Lake Dam has been going on for
over a decade.
Pogies allow that hand flesh on paddle shaft "feel"
for better control and finesse of the blade.
Wearing a glove means you're compressing that material
resulting in quicker hand/wrist fatigue.
Redundancy is vitally important in winter.
I always have backup sets (plural) dry gloves nearby
in case of a severe dumping with extended swim.
That redundancy also involves fellow paddlers going
out as a group to increase that safety margin.
Fallen trees, strainers, stumps, roots are obstacles
and flipping at the wrong time could be real nasty,
especially with snow melt raising the water level.
I like SnapDragon brand - easy to get hand in and out.
They hold their shape well, no fumbling,no fuss.
It's happened, we're human.
Burping the dry suit via walking/wading in a bit,
works great before heading out for the day.
A buddy check, similar to a climbing gear check;
also finds un-noticed vulnerabilities as the
group checks one another before launch.
Evil Sex Kittens? Shazam... Dat woyks fer me!
Oh wait! Never mind, ah' jus' put me readin' spectacles back on.