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A good tip for cold weather is wear thermal clothing under your steamer it makes a hell of a difference.  Don't wear cotton - it wicks the heat away.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote catmandoo Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 14 Feb 05 at 4:32pm

Thermal clothing under a steamer !!!

 

you want to try weetabix

 

 

Eat them thats is , too bulky and crumbly for wearing !

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Blimey i wear a rash vest under my Steamer and a spray top on top and im never cold.............. id be suprised if you would need thermals aswell under a steamer
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I agree, what I'm trying to say is that a steamer is perfectly adequate and the bulk of a drysuit is only justified if you are going to sit still on say a rescue boat.  However if you are like me and spend lots of time in the water you can increase the warmth by wearing thermals.  I must confess I don't these days but before I could afford a steamer I used to wear my standard long-john with thermals and a spray top.

My warning about cotton still stands, some people just don't realise the benefit of wool or an modern fibre over the poor insulation that wet cotton provides.

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Yes,

Never wear cotton doing water sports.

A few weeks ago before i brought all my new clobber i was wearing my summer wetsuit with long arms (2/3mm) and a rain mac on top and a thinsulate hat (with boots and gloves) and i didnt seem to cold but then i found a cotton balaclava and put that on aswell.

The week i put the cotton on my head was windy and i got hit by a load of spray and when i came in for lunch i was so cold and shaking so much i had to get my dad to open my lunch.

 

I think i scared him a bit so the next week we went and brought a spray top, steamer and neoprene balaclava!!

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Never wear too many layers is a good tip, i only have a pair of 3/4 length hikers so i have to wear layers  to stay warm the best combination i've found is a race skin 2 rash vests and a thin microfleece top under my aquafleece keeps me toasty any more layers and it starts to turn cold!

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I used to prefer wetsuits to drysuits, but for sailing in the depths of winter, even a 5mm steamer is too cold for me! Got a new drysuit, and it's so much warmer. wouldn't consider doing winter sailing in a wetsuit now.   My advice would be to get a breathable one; the non-breathable ones are a false economy. Also, get the lightest suit you can find, with no pockets or collars etc. The stuff you wear underneath keeps you warm, the drysuit keeps you dry, so it is best to have a light flexible one. Oh, and you need the built-in socks.

My crewsaver hyperdry pro neo is really good. It has a neoprene neck seal, which is very comfortable, and doesn't have any unnecessary flaps and pockets.

 

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Why use a steamer when you can use a good old coal fire

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When your out all day for a winter regatta and your keeping hydrated, front zips are best for quick relief
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Does anyone have any experience of wearing a Magic Marine Thermo Drysuit with a trapeze harness? I was just wondering if its any different to any other front zip drysuits.

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