I know that this topic has been discussed ad nauseum, and I did do a search on the subject, but couldn’t piece together a coherent story on the above topic, so a few questions.
First a few bits of information.
- I am a new kayaker (sea), but have extensive experience with canoeing and have taught the basics of canoe paddling and canoe rescue.
- I have done some recreational kayaking, but now want to do more sea kayaking.
- I do not have a roll, but can do self rescue.
- I live in New England (Boston Area) and want to basically be able to paddle all year round as long as there is no ice on the water.
My plan is to get a drysuit towards the end of the summer for the fall/winter, but I will need a dry/semi-dry top from now until then. I’d like to get a semi-dry for breathablity and comfort. I am not afraid of getting a little leakage around the neck if I go over, just don’t want it to pour in. Can this be achieved?
I am restling with Gore-Tex versus Non-goretex for the top and semi- versus total dry. I will mate to a pair of farmer johns (wetsuit).
I have a lot of Goretex stuff for winter hiking/camping and heavy rain hikes. I does work well for these purposes, but with heavy exertion, I can saturate it, especially the sleeves. Is it (gore-tex)necessary for a dry/semi dry top or will another breathable waterproof fabric be more than adequate for my needs. I am not afraid of spending the money if needed, but if I can save $70 to $100 bucks and get a perfectly good functional top, all the better.
For the Gore-Tex stuff, Kokatat is the brand I would seriously consider. For a non gore-tex version, the leading candidates are NRS and Stohlquist.