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What kind of dry suit are people using?

The time has come to upgrade my old mustang floater suit with something that people actually use in the 21st century. I'll be looking to purchase a breathable dry suit some time this winter, possibly a show special at the Toronto boat show this winter.

My usage will be mixed beach cat sailing, white water paddling and foul weather gear for really wet sailing conditions.

I am budget sensitive, in this case that means less than $1000 CDN or $800 US.

Two suits I have my eyes open for are the Level Six Emperor, which is primarily a paddling suit, rear entry, lots of features. The other is Gill-Pro which seems to score good points for overall value in online reviews.

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Re: What kind of dry suit are people using?

No direct experience but the Ocean Rodeo suits have a great reputation.

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Found it Stumble, $695 cdn at Mountain Equipment Co-op. Way inside my budget. It looks like a nice unit. I am going to add it to my list. Thanks!
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Re: What kind of dry suit are people using?

I am guessing we don't have a lot of offshore dinghy racers on SN.

I really only have the first two I found on Google and the one Stumble recommended on my list. So, I guess I'll research the suit through other means and post my findings once I have made a choice in case there are other folks looking for offshore/marginal weather small boat racing gear.
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Re: What kind of dry suit are people using?

As @Stumble said, Ocean Rodeo has good reputation, great quality, nice finish and the drysuit with a jacket is a plus in their design. In this post I started, @pdqaltair already pointed out this model (with a link from a personal review).
You have different models, with features and prices...not cheap though. One thing, you can find previous years models with a rebate. I bought this year the Ocean Rodeo Ignite with soft socks, but haven't try it yet (still with wetsuit in the dinghy). But pretty sure I'll get it in the water this weekend
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Question Re: What kind of dry suit are people using?

Let me get this straight, and forgive my ignorance. You're sailing a small boat (11-15') in winter. Water just above 0C - 32F. Depending upon how aggressive you are (racing anyone?) you eventually tip the boat and end up in the water. Now this Ocean Rodeo suit will keep you warm and dry? Is that what i'm hearing? And for how long?
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Let me get this straight, and forgive my ignorance. You're sailing a small boat (11-15') in winter. Water just above 0C - 32F. Depending upon how aggressive you are (racing anyone?) you eventually tip the boat and end up in the water. Now this Ocean Rodeo suit will keep you warm and dry? Is that what i'm hearing? And for how long?
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Half right. Dry suits will keep you dry, period. Most sailing dry suits have zero insulation so they won't keep you warm, that's what the sweater underneath is for.

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Re: What kind of dry suit are people using?

The boat is 16', yes racing so sailing at maybe 10+ knots- hopefully. I have never used the Ocean Rodeo, but a good dry suit should keep you alive for several hours in conditions you are describing, but the goal would not to be to test that theory and get your boat righted ASAP.

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a good dry suit should keep you alive for several hours in conditions you are describing, but the goal would not to be to test that theory and get your boat righted ASAP.
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Re: What kind of dry suit are people using?

I've had an Ocean Rodeo Soul (with socks) for 3 years. I sail A 34' catamaran year-round and I kayak regularly. Both, just a few days ago.

* Seems rugged.
* Better than rain gear in most cool weather. No water down the neck or up the sleeve.
* With a fleece under layers and a light fleece jacket, I did a 3-hour in-water test to Good Old Boat Magazine. Swimming, boarding a dingy, donning PFD, and a "cool down 90 minutes reading a book while floating. I was wearing a dive hood, gloves, and kayak boots. At the end of the test my core temp had gone up 0.5F and my fingers and toes were in the high 50sF, which mean cool but not stiff. I called the test due to boredom, not cold.

One advantage is the "stand by mode" (see my blog). It has a built-in jacket that allows you to pop your head out of the seal and still have rain protection. Good for not overheating. I think this is a great feature for sailors. I also use it a lot kayaking, when close enough to shore that safety is not a major concern. I've never dumped a kayak on flat water anyway.

I can put it on myself in ~ 2-3 minutes, including all accessories.

I REALLY like the increased feel of safety. If I go MOB in midwinter, it annoying rather than dangerous. I single hand most of the time.
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