Well since the river is now frozen solid – it’s time for some Gear Reviews.
New from Quiksilver for 2011 is the Waterman Collection Paddle Jacket.
This is not a typical wetsuit jacket, in that it is not really intended to be immersed in water.
The chest and upper sleeve areas have a smooth skin outer (similar to a wetsuit) that is a PU coated wind barrier. The inside chest area is an un-brushed polypropylene for warmth.
The back and lower sleeves are a super thick lycra (similar to a thermal rash guard).
There is a large pocket on the lower back area that allows you to stash things and keep them out of the way while paddling.
The Paddle jacket will be coming in both a pull over ($99.99 Canadian) and a full zip ($109.99).
Since I helped Quiksilver on the design of this item – I managed to get a few of the full zip version to sell early. Give me a call at the shop if you want to be one of the very few people in Canada to get one of these for Christmas!