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Old 05-16-2013, 01:56 PM
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Though I realize I'm at risk of sounding like a candy @$$ I want to know what you guys consider cold water. We were out yesterday and due to our late spring and copious amounts of rain the water temp was 64. I had on a short sleeve wetsuit and it wasn't bad. The guys with me toughed it out on the first run but they were really cold. Can't wait to hear from the Canadians on this one.
I go with a few basic rules: 1) Do what ever it takes for it to be fun. Who cares what others think if you are having a good time - assuming you are not being an a$$ towards others. 2) When the fun stops, find something else to do.

With that being said. I have a full 2/3 that I will use early/late season if water is in the low 60's. Even at that, more often than not I just get in and grin-n-bare the first few seconds after which I'm fine. To each his own.
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Old 05-16-2013, 02:11 PM
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Had a 2mil 3/4 spring suit on last night, air temp was 80ish (though it had probably dropped a bit by 7:00) and website said water temp was 57. My guess would be closer to 60 or 62, but no temp sensor in the boat to know for sure. I was expecting the worst, and it wasn't too bad. I can shiver in 75 degree water, so thats not abnormal, but to me the air temp or dressing properly out of the water is the big difference.
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Old 05-16-2013, 02:16 PM
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Lake was 57F last Saturday on Wabamum... 57 degrees with a shorty is the limit for me
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Old 05-16-2013, 02:29 PM
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59 water temp yesterday. First run of the year, full wetsuit and on/off rain. It was awesome!
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Old 05-16-2013, 03:39 PM
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Personally I find the air temp more important, even if the water is in the 50/60 range if the air temp is 70/80 I find it's not a big deal. Once the air temp drops, like in October/November, I find riding more challenging.
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Old 05-16-2013, 03:42 PM
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Once you are numb, it's really not cold anymore.
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Old 05-16-2013, 06:07 PM
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In my many years of cold water skiing experience, I have concluded that approximately 50 degrees is the cutoff between skiing till you're tired vs. skiing till you're cold. That is with a drysuit of course.
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Old 05-16-2013, 09:25 PM
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Old 05-16-2013, 09:27 PM
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Just make sure to tie a string to it so you don't "turtle" too badly.
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Old 05-16-2013, 10:00 PM
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Wetsuits are much more comfortable than dry. I've gone when there is ice on portions of the lake. Last December I left my suit in the boat for the ride home. It froze to the carpet. Cold water = smooth water in December in WI. Once the Wally's give it up for the season the calmest water of the year is calling, someone has to answer.
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