Looks like fun! Im now up to a 4/3 wetsuit in mid-Cal and wont need much more than that. Im looking to the first winter of my life where snow is optional (via a drive to the mountains)! Though I just got my Kokatat drysuit replaced for delamination before I left MA and need to find a use for it. I think I’ll intentionally go out on the ‘coldest’ day of the winter here (like 40 degrees) and blow peoples minds. People already have mid-weight jackets on for 57* weather. its funny,
Once the air gets into the low 50’s I think the drysuit will be more comfortable anyways, so will probably switch over in a month or 2 as December approaches. Much nicer to be dry-ish after the paddle and in the wind than in any thickness wetsuit!
When I went to my first Santa Cruz surf kayak festival (I think it was early March), the water temps were around 50 degrees. Coming from NE waters at sub-40 degrees, the water and air felt so warm to me. I wore a 3/2 with a drytop and felt plenty warm (actually almost hot), given the airtemps of upper 60s - lower 70s.
My two drysuits have been sitting in plastic bin for the past ten years or more. I still fit them but don’t find them appropriate for the type of paddling venue I enjoy.