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PostPosted: April 15th, 2012, 1:03 am 
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I was out paddling on the South Saskatchewan River with my wife 2 weeks ago. The river was still partially covered in ice, but the weather was calm and warm, about 14C. Numerous others were out also enjoying the warm weather, some dressed in tank top and jeans, or similar levels of cold-water protection.

I wrote a blog post afterwards with some pictures and videos from the day, my thoughts on dressing for immersion, and some of the things I learned while playing in the water. If nothing else you might enjoy the brief videos.

Practising What I Preach:
http://pawistik.blogspot.ca/2012/04/out ... reach.html

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PostPosted: April 15th, 2012, 9:27 am 
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Bryan,
Wow, I really, really admire you for testing out your gear and skills in such cold water. A very smart thing to do but ... not one that everyone actually does. An excellent analysis of things that went right and wrong and of ways to improve the things that didn't go so well.
I might have to get up the courage to do something similar.
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PostPosted: April 15th, 2012, 12:10 pm 
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Good for you guys! :clap:

Yes, you quickly find out what works and what doesn't when your body is telling you to do something else.


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PostPosted: April 16th, 2012, 1:13 pm 
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Great post.

What size are the chota boots? Feel free to email me directly. I might also have a full hood if you are interested in getting one.

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PostPosted: April 16th, 2012, 1:34 pm 
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Thanks for the comments folks. It's always fun to play in and on the water.

Brian, the boots are a size 12. They are the "Mukluk Light" model: http://chotaoutdoorgear.com/shop/mukluk-light/.
I'll send you a PM about these and a certain other thing I promised to send you but keep forgetting about.
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PostPosted: April 16th, 2012, 1:36 pm 
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Great post Bryan. You are now right up there with Rick Mercer having experience in cold water immersion. :thumbup:

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