Wetsuit summer?

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Wetsuit summer?

Postby qwertyjjj » Wed Jul 22, 2015 10:13 pm

I have a 4/3 ripcurl full body.
Wondering if a 2mm shorty will be OK for summer in Quebec?
What about autumn?

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Re: Wetsuit summer?

Postby FISH » Thu Jul 23, 2015 11:07 am

Depends where you are in Quebec. On Lake Ontario, you can go without a wetsuit for a couple of months - perhaps the river is the same? Unless you are into stretching the season into the very cold months, probably a couple suits will more than do. A 2 or 2/3 and a 3/4 or 4/5, depending on warm you want to be. If you want to sail int he cold stuff, when the good winds are still kicking, then you need to venture into the 5/6 range with hoods, gloves, booties.

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Re: Wetsuit summer?

Postby Jonathan » Thu Jul 23, 2015 5:04 pm

I sail in Lake Ontario and Hamilton Harbour mostly. I find myself doing the following:

April & May 6/5/4 Hooded (sometimes take hood off), 5mm Boots, Open Palm Gloves
The air is usually decent, water is still 32F in early April though!

June 3/2

July & August Bathing Suit and Sunglasses only! Sometimes if it's a little crisp I wear my "farmer john" portion of my 3/2 (covers legs, and then your upper body like a tank top)

September & Early October 3/2

Mid October & Early December 6/5/4 Hooded (sometimes take hood off), 5mm Boots, Open Palm Gloves

Now I must mention I am very comfortable in cold water with no gloves or boots. My feet are like little furnaces and I prefer to be barefoot as much as possible. I often find myself in a thinner wetsuit than most people. So I'm a little further on the spectrum. The 6/5/4 is totally awesome. I was out on December 1st last year in freezing temps with the water just at the freezing line (ice on my sail as I derig) and I was TOTALLY COMFORTABLE!!!

Here are two links to water temperatures in Lake O:

On the second one it's quite interesting to click on the month and see the temperature rise and fall.

Here is an interesting link on survival time in water, something to consider! (Scroll to bottom):
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