Posted 21 March 2012 - 08:22 PM
I have not seen that an issue. Look for a good stretchy material, heavy duty zipper, knee pads, good collar.
A full body provides all over protection... scrapes, leechs. Is plenty comfortable. 2/3 ( which means 2 mil on the limbs and 3 mil on the body / chest ) is generally stretchy and easy to put on. That should be plenty good for most KY waters in the summer months. My cement pond is now 66 degrees. Crazy spring. I took my first snorkel of the year yesterday rinsing ticks off after hunting the elusive dry land fish. Bare skinned it. Felt good.
With a 2/3 and a hood you will do fine. I think you could slip on a pair of armour all underwear and maybe improve it for a bit of extra warmth. I do not believe suits have to be so tight as many folks recommend... just snug.
Get a hood for sure. I like a beanie cap so you can hear. Some hoods are real tight and pull over too tight and then you cannot hear... " There is a gator swimming toward you" or other such pertinent info.
Being from KY i dont't know why you can't just do like the Turtle Man. Ive never seen him wear a wetsuit. He just gets in the water in his britches and shirt. Live Action!
Posted 21 March 2012 - 09:28 PM
Posted 21 March 2012 - 09:33 PM
There's not going to be any way around spending some money to insulate. Before he got that suit, I would be in bare skin, my friend would be in 3 mil and I'd end up seeing him shivering on the shore loooong before I was ready to get out. Now that I've lost some weight, I really understand the difference it makes.
Update.... It looked like this...
Then he had a full 3 mil that he'd put on over it.
Edited by farmertodd, 21 March 2012 - 09:38 PM.
Posted 22 March 2012 - 08:59 AM
I reckon you've got to put it into context. I was in the water for the majority of the daylight hours during those summers, so it was easy to get cold when the shadows started getting long. But I just wanted to say that with a good hood that covered my entire head and neck, I could spend some mid-summer days in just a hood and a 3mm shorty.
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