As we get fired up for more and more warm water kayaking, the dry suit will be put to one side. We will be looking at gear that can stand the abuse but that is not too bulky. Its always tricky to find gear that is light and suited to hot weather and cold water where the abrasion of sand and multi day expeditions gives gear a beating.
We have found that latex seals on dry tops can split and this is a major pain when in the middle of some Nepalese river trip. For 2011 we are using the Nookie ti vest and guide strides as a two part combination. This requires a ‘leap of faith if you are ingrained in the idea of shell garments with thermals’. We have no doubt this is the best solution for spring trips in Nepal, we may well add a Zone dry top for cold weather runs in November.