Why Wear a Drysuit? Safety and Comfort.
Drysuits are all about safety and comfort for kayakers, canoeists, paddleboarders and others who play on the water. That sounds pretty straightforward, but there are aspects of safety and comfort that you might not have thought about:
Dry = Warm
When you're wet, you lose heat 25 times faster than when you're dry. Whether you're actually in the water (let's say you've capsized) or just doused with spray, a drysuit will keep you warmer longer.
What's the Big Deal about Getting Cold?
Getting cold isn't merely uncomfortable: for watersports enthusiasts, being cold and wet can lead to hypothermia, a potentially deadly condition in which your body is unable maintain its core temperature at a safe level. In 2012, the U.S. Coast Guard reported that hypothermia accounted for 66% of canoeing injuries and a whopping 75% of kayaking injuries.
But I Don't Paddle in Cold Weather
The air temperature might be warm, but the water can still be cold, especially in the spring and early summer. In water between 40°F and 50°F (3°-10°C), most people will become exhausted -- or even unconscious -- within 30 to 60 minutes. Long before that, you'll lose dexterity and physical coordination, making it very difficult to save yourself or generate the means to get warm. Mental acuity will also decline, possibly leading to poor decisions that could have their own dangerous implications. (It's quite a sight to see someone in the early stages of hypothermia. A normally bright person can seem to suddenly become "stupid.")
Maybe you don't paddle in cold weather because it's uncomfortable. Good news! A drysuit will make paddling warmer and safer, so you can extend your paddling season by several months each year! More time on the water = more fun.
I Don't Capsize
Accidents happen. To everyone. Even though we think you are really special, we're sorry to report that you're not an exception to that rule. You just haven't capsized yet.
What about Wetsuits?
Wearing a wetsuit is certainly better than having no thermal protection when you're on the water. But a wetsuit does not keep you dry, so it can't keep you as warm, as long, as a drysuit.
Wetsuits have been a common choice for paddlers and sailors who needed protection but couldn't afford to pay $500 to $1,000 for a drysuit. Now that Mythic Gear offers high-quality drysuits for around the cost of a good wetsuit, almost everyone can afford the best in thermal protection.
I don't see other recreational kayakers or canoe anglers wearing drysuits.
Until Mythic Gear came along, drysuits didn't make economic sense for a lot of paddlers. Let's say your canoe or kayak cost $500: you're probably not going to buy an accessory that costs $650. But at $325 or less, a drysuit becomes practical, especially if it lets you enjoy paddling or fishing earlier in the spring and later in the fall.
So be a trend-setter, but don't expect to remain avant-garde for long. When other paddlers catch on, you'll have lots of company wearing drysuits from Mythic. You can always remind them where they saw it first.
How Do Drysuits Work?
We have a whole other page for Frequently Asked Drysuit Questions of a technical nature.