What should I wear in winter for SUP?

Wetsuit with an extra visibility neon hood 

You don’t have to avoid boarding when cold weather comes. In the coldest weather, you can paddle and keep warm even if you fall. 

It’s all a matter of dressing appropriately for healthy winter supper boarding. And how you cover up depends on how cold you’re going to paddle. 

What to wear in winter for SUP? 

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For most winter paddlers, a wetsuit is the best choice. At each water temperature, wetsuits come in various thicknesses. 

How are your wetsuits warm? 

Wetsuits keep you warm by trapping your skin and your neoprene with a slim layer of water. This thin layer of water is warmed by your body. This thin, warm water layer and neoprene insulation keeps you warm. 

Wetsuits are therefore not water-resistant and function best while in the water. I recommend a smooth skin wetsuit on the abdomen. Smoothskin absorbs the wind and keeps you on the board warmer. 

What should I wear in winter for SUP? 

You may want to wear a base layer under your wetsuit for extra warmth in very cold weather. 

When you dial your paddling conditions in your wetsuit, they fit well. I appear to overheat when I paddle in a jacket and have no trouble keeping it warm. 

Since a suit is not waterproof, you may feel the shock of ice water the first time you swim in really cold water. This can be dangerous and even fatal, known as “cold shock.” Experienced paddlers are psychologically conscious of how to mitigate the shock. 

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Thick suits can make long paddle trips more difficult around the shoulders. 

In a wetsuit, I feel a little safer because in a wetsuit, I can swim faster than in a drysuit. And I like wetsuits because I can use them for other surfing, snorkelling, spearfishing and other sports. 

The Dry The 

Drysuits are waterproof suits with rubber seals around the collar, wrists, and ankles that keep you dry. You have to wear a base layer (or more) to keep warm under a drysuit. 

Your best choice could be for very cold, flat-water drysuits. The wind is blocked by drysuits. They’re comfortable and less restrictive than a thick jacket, depending on what you wear. 

When you fall into a drysuit, you don’t experience the shock of cold water. More dry suits come quickly without the hassle of a cold , wet wet suit. 

Wetsuits take dry time. Go on a wetsuit trip for several days and you’ll find out how fun it can be each morning to wear a cold, damp wetsuit. Drysuits dry easily, of course. 

Drysuits on the side can be costly. Although they do not give limitations when they paddle, they feel bulky because they don’t fit like a wetsuit. In a dry suit it is difficult to swim a real distance. And after a fall with a dry suit, some people can find it harder to climb back to their paddle board

Both wetsuits and drysuits keep you comfortable while you board paddles. It’s all about personal choice. 

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Booties with neoprene 

When the water gets very cold, I wear neoprene boots. I’ve got a pair of 3 mm and 7 mm. For some reason when paddling, my feet remain warm and I rarely need the 7 mm boots. The thinner split-toe boots give me a little better board link. Top toe booties are regularly warmer. 

Hats Fleece 

It is necessary to have a good fleece or wool hat. I have a narrow-knit, wind-blocking fleece hat. Hats perform better than neoprene hoods if you don’t surf or wind down. If you surf, look for a smoothskin hood to avoid the storm. 

Beanies, caps and hoods of Neoprene 

What should I wear in winter for SUP?

Neoprene hoods, beanies and caps can be purchased. You’re doing well to keep you warm. 

Neoprene caps are the warmest, and for an outstanding windblock you can buy them filled with smoothskin. 

I like a neoprene cap with a chin strap so surfing never gets off. It also draws my sense of nerdy fashion. 

Gloves Neoprene Neoprene 

When I paddle board, I don’t like wearing gloves. Yet I have no choice when the water gets very cold. I choose thin-fingerless neoprene gloves that do not restrain the grip but that give me some comfort. 

Weather 40-50 degrees 

If your winter concept is around 40-50 degrees (that doesn’t count around the Great Lakes), a light wetsuit will do fine. At that temperature, however, you could save money and wear a long sleeve moisturising baselayer with a winter jacket. 

Couple long johns and water resistance pants with baselayers. Bear in mind that I’m talking about paddling flat water here. You would have to invest in a wetsuit if you intend on paddle surfing.

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