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No neoprene on the boat, please! A field report.

Dry Fashion’s Aqua Top Before every rowing tour at the coast, I think about the best clothing for … read more

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Dry Fashion’s Aqua Top

Before every rowing tour at the coast, I think about the best clothing for a four-hour rowing tour on the sea. Not always an easy task, especially in autumn. You have to face high waves, splashes, and your buttock and back get wet. Last year I wore a wet suit – a neoprene suit. It was a bit bigger than I needed it, because I wanted freedom for my arms while pulling through. And a better blood circulation than I would get with a tight one. But it turned out that I’m not a big fan of neoprene suits in rowing boats, even though I had enough space for my arms. The suit chafed on my thighs and pinched my hips.

At this years tour on the Baltic Sea close to Kiel I tried a simple layering technique: a rain jacket and two T-shirts. In the summer I bought the Aqua Top, especially for a trip like this.

My layers: 1 short-sleeved T-shirt, Aqua Top and a thin rain jacket.

I did the first check of my clothes after about 2km. After we found moderate waves – between 1-1.5 m high – I took my rain jacket off. Hardly any seawater, but a lot of sweat. So I decided that I don’t need the jacket any longer and packed it in the side compartment of our Co4X. The Aqua Top turned out to be a really good decision. The fleece lining kept me warm – almost too warm for the weather on the Baltic Sea in October. But the best part was: the PU coated outer membrane kept headwinds and splashing water off. So I was not only warm but also dry.

Drybags in action

Of course I don’t know how these t-shirts would have behaved in really bad weather. For moderate water  and weather conditions at sea, an Aqua Top alone or with a t-shirt is appropriate and sufficient. After all, there are no abrasions!

Especially for stormy or rainy weather, I also recommend the Wigglefish Drybags to keep your personal belongings dry!

About Tom Wall
Tom Wall ist passionierter Masters Ruderer und hat seit einiger Zeit seine Liebe für Wanderfahrten entdeckt Tom is a passionate masters rowers and the owner of the Rowperfect Faster Masters Brand View all posts from Tom Wall

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