Stay Extra Warm (even on a budget) with Neoprene

Neoprene is made of small closed cells that are filled with air which provide insulation against cold water by trapping heat in. The thicker the neoprene is, the warmer it will be because it has more heat-trapping insulation. It is important to research the water temperature in the region where a paddler will primarily use neoprene.

Bootie

An alternative to Astral or other river shoes, neoprene booties are primarily worn by kayakers all times of the year. Not only are neoprene booties less bulky –which is especially important when fitting your lower half into a kayak – they also keep paddler's toes a bit warmer than other water shoes. Neoprene booties offer tread on the soles so paddlers aren't slipping over rocks at the put-in or take-out.

Gifts for Kayakers Neoprene NRS Wetsock Gifts for Kayakers Level Six River Boot
NRS Freestyle Wetshoe
Level Six River Boot 2.0

Wetsocks

Drysuits are a gear investment that deserves to be cared for. CKS Online's #1 recommendation? Put neoprene socks over drysuit socks. It will add protection from sand/silt that can get caught in between river shoes and drysuits. A constant friction on your soles may create pinholes, which can eventually lead to cold, wet water leaking into warm, dry feet. Avoid this with an inexpensive pair of wetsocks!

Men's Gifts NRS Sandal Wetsock Mens Gifts NRS Wetsock  Mens Gift NRS 2mm Wetsock
NRS Sandal Socks
NRS Hydroskin 0.5 Wetsock
NRS 2mm Wetsock
Gloves

We always think about our feet and toes, but don’t forget about those hands! There are a variety of neoprene gloves available, and NRS’s Hydroskin is extremely popular line of Neoprene because it’s durable and affordable. Hydroskin is a bit thinner than traditional neoprene, so this line is great for paddlers looking to boat in the shoulder seasons, not in cold weather. To learn more about Hydroskin, read our expert review

Men's Gifts Neoprene Gloves Men's Gifts Kokatat Kozee Gloves Neoprene Mens Gifts NRS Neoprene Gloves
Level Six Proton Glove
Kokatat Kozee Glove
 NRS Mens Hydroskin Gloves

Helmet Liner

Add an extra layer of insulation (and keep hair from getting tangled in a mess of water and wind) by investing in a neoprene helmet liner. Also known as a thermo cap, this liner fits in between your skull and your helmet. Helmet liners are great for playboaters or SUP river surfers.

Mes gifts helmet liner Neoprene 
NRS HydroSkin 0.5 Helmet Liner

Lined Shorts
 Men's Gifts Neoprene Lined Shorts Some people invest in drysuits or drypants, others rock shorts all year long. A happy medium between the two is neoprene-lined shorts, like the Level Six Pro Guide Lined Neoprene Shorts. A cozy fit without compromising ruggedness, these shorts keep paddlers warm in places that matter.

 

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