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dcharlton



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PostPosted: Mon Dec 02, 2019 3:45 pm    Post subject: Heated suits/rashguards under the wetsuit Reply with quote

Sooooo it's that time of year where we push the envelop for the cold. Right now my threshold is 40 degrees air. I'm thinking about those heated rashguards but they're around 300-400 bucks and may be a little clunky under my wetsuit.

Does anyone have any experience with these and if they're pro vs. con?

DC
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boardsurfr



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PostPosted: Tue Dec 03, 2019 8:42 am    Post subject: Re: Heated suits/rashguards under the wetsuit Reply with quote

dcharlton wrote:
Sooooo it's that time of year where we push the envelop for the cold. Right now my threshold is 40 degrees air. I'm thinking about those heated rashguards but they're around 300-400 bucks and may be a little clunky under my wetsuit.

Does anyone have any experience with these and if they're pro vs. con?

DC

Never tried these, but a polypropylene shirt under the suit makes a big difference. Check out this blog post from a Swedish windsurfer: http://www.andersbq.com/2011/03/polypro-read-my-words.html
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rswabsin



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PostPosted: Tue Dec 03, 2019 10:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Never tried a heated rash guard but regularly use a standard short sleeve one under my 5 mil wetsuit and it does make a noticeable difference with increased warmth. I've tried long sleeve rash guards too and it limited my arm mobility too much - found the short sleeve was just right. Fully taped and glued seams throughout the wetsuit are also key in staying warm. A rash guard does very little if the wetsuit has leaky worn out seams.
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mrgybe



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PostPosted: Wed Dec 04, 2019 5:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A hooded vest over the wetsuit works well. Gives an extra 2MM over the torso, keeps head warm and eliminates the frigid rush down the neck. As always, the feet and hands are are more challenging.
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jpeter



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PostPosted: Wed Dec 04, 2019 7:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A few on the forum have been using these mittens. They say better than Dakine. I have a pair on the way. Can paddlesurf with them if they don't work for windsurfing. The newer version has some grippy material on the palm so I don't know which is better.

I remember trying polypro a long time ago and it seemed to hold a lot of water. Got me to thinking I might try a mid/heavy weight ski shirt next time out. Battle of the plastic fabrics. JP



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dcharlton



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PostPosted: Thu Dec 05, 2019 4:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks, Jay! I'll definitely give these a try!

DC
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jpeter



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PostPosted: Thu Dec 05, 2019 7:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

See my reply on the mitten thread. give you a report soon, but mon tues looking too warm for gloves.
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