Making a decision on what to wear paddle boarding may seem like an easy one. However, some considerations on changing weather and long term outdoor exposure should be thought about. Being on the water in different kinds of weather brings challenges. Most paddlers struggle with what to wear during the sport. Don’t worry we are here to help. Read further.
What to wear during hot weather:
Here is what you shall be comfortable in when paddling during hot weather.
1. Swimsuits/ trunks
Wearing a swimsuit or trunk lets allows you to dive into the water for a quick swim at your convenience. They are light and dry fast.
2. Board shorts
These are longer types of shorts preferred by many surfers. The attires are comfortable, classy and dries fast. They are made of UV material to help protect you from the harmful rays of the sun.
The best way to keep your eyes and face out of the hot sun is by wearing a hat. You can just wear a baseball cap. If your car falls into the water, it is likely gone for good.
You can always secure your hat with a slip leash. A clip lease is a fabric contraption with a thin tie you slip in front of the neck. If your hat slides from the head, the leash keeps it from falling into the water.
Wet caps are also great. They often look like regular ball caps but are often made of dry materials such as neoprene. They have headbands and adjustable straps to secure it in place.
If you use a SUP in rapid and rough waters, you will need more protection than just a wet cap. You may need a rafting helmet.
What to wear during cold weather
Do not let the chilly weather stop you from having the fun you deserve. With the right clothing, you can remain warm and comfortable even when the sky is overcast.
However, be mindful of the water state. Do not paddle in conditions where the water is cold enough to endanger your life. Make sure the water is warm enough in case you accidentally submerge.
Wetsuits are popular. They have been around for ages. The suits have a special design that traps the thin layer of water between your skin and inside of the suit. Your body then warms the thin layer of water which prevents cold water from reaching your skin.
You will need a full wetsuit in extremely cold temperatures. They will cover your body plus the legs and feet. Shorter suits should only be worn during warmer conditions.
If the suit is too loose, the warm water barrier will be broken. It needs to fit perfectly. The thickness of the suit also determines the level of warmth provided. A winter wetsuit should be between 3-6 mm thick. Increased thickness does not cause decreased mobility.
A dry suit is a perfect choice when you do not want to feel restricted in a wet thicker suit.
2. Dry suit
The dry suits do not trap a layer of water. The suits use a double-walled to create an insulating layer of air. The suits are the warmest option when it comes to the cold weather. The suits are less comfortable because one needs to be pretty tight in order to keep the water away from your skin.
3. Thermal Tops
The upper body moves more when paddling. A thermal top helps transfer sweat and moisture from your skin completely. The top should be well fitting and stretchy.
4. Thermal Bottoms
The thermal bottoms are great when you are flat water paddling. The bottoms will keep you warm as you enjoy yourself.
5. Gloves and boots
The best types of paddle boarding boots are made of neoprene. The sole is also thin. The material allows water to soak through and that helps your body create insulation. The thin sole helps you attain paddling stability.
We advise that you warm your boots before putting them on so that they stay warm for longer. This should also happen with the gloves.
If you want to have the best out of paddling, it is important to know what to wear when paddle boarding. Dress appropriately and you will have all the fun uninterruptedly.