Yup. Something Like It.
– Last Updated: Feb-04-05 3:48 PM EST –
I started with 3 mm FJ, Hydroskin top, and 3 mm neo jacket over that for waters under 50. Too restrictive for me and not warm enough to stay in the water for more than 20 mins before the shakes set in.
These days, I am partial to FJ, rash guard, and drytop when water is around 50 or above. I am not in the water that much or long, or I can reentry and roll pretty quickly.
I am still paddling, but once the water temp dropped below 50, I am in a drysuit. Much more comfortable both in and out of the water.
I am also not that tolerant of cold water. Not much "natural insulation" on me.
As a surf kayaker who has been out a there a bit with board surfers, I can say definitively that they don't need or use the same mobility in the arms, shoulders and torso as I do. So, they may find the 5-7 mm neo suits "not restrictive" while I definitely would in paddling fast and hard to catch a wave.