So after reading the fall/winter advice thread I searched under “wetsuit drysuit” and it looks like the latest topic was actually 2012. I thought, surely there must be some innovations since then?
Looking for the most cost-effective way to continue paddling into early winter and start-up again at ice-out. Flat streams, trips of 3 hours or less, civilization nearby, minimal immersion times likely. Packing a full change of clothes/emergency kit/firemaking tools in a dry bag as well.
What would you wear? I think the $1,000 suits obviously look like the “best” but I would really like to stay under $500. Maybe 7mm neoprene plus outer shells?
(I do own some ice fishing flotation suits, but they aren’t for immersion, they’re for sitting on the ice for long periods and short-term emergencies.)