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Postby clayto » Sat Apr 26, 2008 6:29 pm

Being reasonably new to kayak fishing and as the we move into winter can anyone advise on the preferred wetsuit pants/combination for best thermal protection. :D
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Re: Wetsuit Pants

Postby 30HA » Sat Apr 26, 2008 6:58 pm

Yes, me too. I just asked that question in my first post LOL
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Re: Wetsuit Pants

Postby Joffa » Sat Apr 26, 2008 8:44 pm

Depends on yur climate, but in chilly ol Melbourne, Im currently looking at 0.5mm neoprene from Anaconda - in there paddle range.
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Re: Wetsuit Pants

Postby kingfisher111 » Sun Apr 27, 2008 1:02 pm

I just cut down the last surfing steamer I had used into pants. A 3mm elasto. They work a treat, very stretchy. Son nearly cried!!
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Re: Wetsuit Pants

Postby TideRunner » Sun Apr 27, 2008 3:52 pm

For warmth it is best to be dry. Consider light weight waterproof waders with stocking feet. Available at fly fishing shops. Be sure to use a deep wading belt to prevent sudden cold water intrusion if you happen to go in. For really cold days I even wear a 3/4 wet suit underneath.

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Re: Wetsuit Pants

Postby Marty » Sun Apr 27, 2008 4:37 pm

clayto wrote:Being reasonably new to kayak fishing and as the we move into winter can anyone advise on the preferred wetsuit pants/combination for best thermal protection. :D


mate Ive got a 3mm wetsuit with just the legs and braces to go over your shoulders , coupled this with a thermal shirt and waterproof/windproof jacket, even on the coldest days in winter chasing Snapper offshore I stay warm and dry :D
YOU MUST STAY WARM AND DRY :D
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Re: Wetsuit Pants

Postby spooled1 » Thu May 01, 2008 1:52 pm

TideRunner wrote:For warmth it is best to be dry. Consider light weight waterproof waders with stocking feet. Available at fly fishing shops. Be sure to use a deep wading belt to prevent sudden cold water intrusion if you happen to go in.


Needless to say, if you are planning on going into open ocean, waders are a stupid idea. Sure, waders have buoyancy but they act like a giant drouge when combined with air and water. You also need to figure out a way to get back on the yak if the waders fill.

Wettie pants will serve you better offshore.
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Re: Wetsuit Pants

Postby Marty75 » Thu May 01, 2008 2:13 pm

I've recently bought a set of Sharkskinz long pants. They are neoprene on the outside but with a soft warm fleece material on the inside. Pricey at around $180 but I reckon they'll do the job. Haven't tried em' out yet but will do this weekend.

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Re: Wetsuit Pants

Postby Davey G » Thu May 01, 2008 2:30 pm

i too cut down an old steamer into pants. the only problem is that the zipper went nearly down to my arse crack and as such they are a bit low round the back, especially when sitting down. anyone paddling behind me gets a nasty view of the coin slot.... they're toasty though...

alternatively I have a pair of old golf rain pants and top that is water/wind proof. I can stand under the shower in that thing and not get wet. If its super chilly I normally wear a pair of long running tights/ skins etc and the waterproof pants on top. combined with a couple of layers of lightweight fleece and the jacket with a beanie I'm ready for Antarctic exploration...

and I also wear surfing booties which keep my feet sort of warm-ish
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Re: Wetsuit Pants

Postby clayto » Thu May 01, 2008 3:43 pm

Thank you all for your valuable contributions. I think I am now on the right direction to ensure warm, dry and safe fishing during the winter months.

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Re: Wetsuit Pants

Postby ScottLovig » Thu May 01, 2008 7:24 pm

Wetsuit pants are easier to swim in but waders arent the death traps everyone thinks they are. Its just an urban myth. I've been fishing in them for 2 seasons, now and have no problem getting back into my yak even when dumped in the surf at Point Leo.

Check this out

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OYwG52p4yjs

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