At my age and Polynesian descent, I hate being cold! Optimal temperature while training and racing is vital for enjoyment and successful performance. I use the Hybrid Long Pants and Sleeveless Vest for the bulk of my paddle training, which is a combination of ocean surf ski, down river and white water. The major advantage I discovered with Sharkskin was that I am comfortable in cold conditions but I don't overheat if there is a temperature change. I have used it in many different ways, under my wetsuit canyoning, winter mountain biking and kite boarding. Sharkskin is wonder wear!
I’ve had a few paddles in the Sharkskin Chest Vest in some really cold and windy Christchurch winter conditions. I really like how it stays dry on the inside and the fleece type material is really comfortable against the body. It doesn’t feel like other ’wetsuit’ vests as it moulds and moves with the paddling action and doesn’t restrict me at all. You can tell it provides 100% protection against the wind and cold as I could not feel any draught through the material, and it holds my body heat in well too. To top it off -it also looks cool! All in all a great product that will keep me paddling through winter chill free.
Basically the Sharkskin comes out when the temperature is below 15 degrees... I wore mine the other day in Munich when the training on the Regatta course the temperature got to 12 degrees, and that’s the middle of summer over here. Yesterday we went into Munich and checked out the standing wave on the river where guys are all surfing in full length wetsuits, hoods and booties. I asked a guy for a couple of rides on his board and jumped in with boardies, a short sleeve thermal and my Sharkskin vest over the top. I was sweet -didn’t even get cold.
I tried the vest and it certainly takes the initial part of getting wet much more comfortable as the water in our pool was only 21degrees.After surfing for over 30years wearing full wetsuits in winter,I now feel the cold much more ,being 71years old .Until the water gets warmer it will be great for doing laps,I was a state swimmer in my teenage years,yeah I reckon they are very good for all water activities,especially sports like S.U.P. etc paddling exposure to winds,I feel very comfortable with the vest not many brands make 5XL sizes and thanks for the delivery info.cheers Dave.
Fantastic piece of kit really warm does the job at the beach with the dog
The perfect solution for mid-season SUP.....comfortable and keeps you warm without restriction of full wet suit. love it....and looks OK on an old guy too!
Awesome product. A nice firm fit and very warm.
First time I wore my vest was paddling on Lake Illawarra with a strong south wester blowing. Warm as toast, comfortable and loved the extra arm room that was great for paddling my kayak. Love this product and will buy more of the range.
Love the vest keeps my core warm under a slightly big E7 steamer
Great fit, warm and does not interfere with paddling.