I can roll.
For the longest time, I only use a dry top. That worked well enough for spring white water. I’ve done multiple rolls either in practice or even in white water in anger. Stayed dry all the while.
But that was some years ago. Now I’m older and my roll isn’t quite as strong as before. And I’ve gotten into touring in open water instead of white water rivers. So the risk of long immersion is something I have to consider. (“long” meaning 5 minute to effect self-rescue, without getting soaked while in the water)
My first thought is to get a pair of dry pants to mate with my dry top. After carefully folding the inner of top and bottom, I walked into the water. No leaks. Great! (ok, that was after a couple of trial and error in how to fold)
But, at the end of the paddle, I thought I’d go into the water for a swim. Oops! Water leaked in from the back!
So the next time, I was more careful in folding them. Again, no leaks right after. But again, at the end of the paddle, it leaked in the back!
It always leak from the back!!!
I think it’s from my bending over getting in and out of the boat. It just pulled on the waist area. And the top and bottom join got “un-rolled”.
Any suggestion to alleviate that problem? Anyone had better success using dry bib instead? Does it help in preventing that pulling from unfolding the join?