Ok the coldest weather I have paddled in to date. Weather was 22° F wind stated at twenty + my guess is 10 mph max except for the later part of paddle. Light snow coming down now real sun. Never out below 35° F before.
Dressed was as follows. Kokatat Expedition drysuit with hood up. Kokatat balaclava and Kokatat hat on top of hood… Base layer silk weight top and bottom. Kokatat wool core top and bottom. Kokatat neo-core .5 mm top only. Kokatat polar-tec full bunny suit. Wool socks medium thickness. Chota high neo boots. Glacier curved neo gloves XL.
Felt little coldness in feet will add another layer next time. Slightly cold on back and shoulders. I was at 3.5 mph pace except when watching ducks a bit. Hands felt good in the beginning but later 35% of trip back half of hand felt cold towards thumb side of hand fingers were warm to tips. I think gloves are to tight where they got cold in back width as I have wide hands and short fingers. I have few sets of pogies not sure if they would have been better. Usually wear leather Warmers with no finger tips to about 35° F.
Paddled into some ice that looked real slushy. Ok mistake it was not that soft. It seemed about 4" thick and I could push paddle into it but difficult to pull.out easy. Sailed in about 24’ I guess. Could not go forward that easy and could not turn so I had to back out. It was not a bright or comfortable move I chose. Water was calm there but I was thinking being jammed in there with even 1’ waves would be bad situation never mind bigger waves… I learned to stay out of ice like boats on show “Deadliest Catch”. Later part of paddle as the sun was setting ice was forming on deck bag, deck, bilge pump, and neo spray deck. So I headed home. Spray deck was stiff to get off with ice.
Any cold water tips to share? Thanks.