>> Dear all,
>> In the past we've had a lot of discussion about proper clothing for rowing
>> in cold weather. Nevertheless there may be someone who hasn't read all the
>> old posts and might possibly find the following helpful.
> the title of your post is a bit misleading. There's nothing in the
> clothing tips about
> cold water, I know that wasn't intended and it's no big deal.
> For the environments you and I row in, the clothing tips are very helpful,
> it can
> make for a more comfortable row where an accidental immersion isn't going
> to be any more than an uncomfortable inconvenience.
> I worry about the tone of the message, that cold weather rowing is somehow
> inevitable, and the implied tone is that as long as you bundle up with the
> right gear,
> you're going to be ok.
I worry too about advice like this:
"Layer Three: Protection From Wind and Water
This layer can be lightweight, but should be water and windproof, and be
breathable to allow the sweat to escape. Sweating can exceed this
layer s breathability, however, so getting a garment with zippers in the
armpit area and other venting is a good idea. This layer need only be
worn when it s raining or rough water (or if you and your boatmates
create a lot of backsplash)."
That last sentence could kill.
Who gave them the idea that cold weather clothing is only about wind,
rain & spray? If you're in your boat & able to row, then you have a
very low chance of death from exposure. If, OTOH, you swamp or fall in
& spend any time in the water (which might just be seconds), & you are
not wearing the full multilayer kit, then your chance of death rises
Far more important than "keeping you cosy when someone else has messy
catches", to paraphrase that comment, is that your multilayer clothing's
low water-permeability layer will a) minimise water influx & circulation
when immersed & b) trap air, & the water that does get into your
clothing, keeping it against your body to insulate you from the air &
water circulating outside that barrier layer.
IMO this article is so flawed as to be dangerous.
You will not die through sweating in your kit on a freezing cold outing,
although it might be a tad unpleasant unless your clothing has a proper
semi-permeable layer (e.g. Goretex). But you may easily die, or become
severely hypothermic, if, having discarded (as the article advises) that
vital semi-permeable layer just so you don't sweat unattractively, you
then get immersed through capsize or swamping.
Safe clothing is all about preparing properly for what might happen. It
is _not_ about style, or sweatiness, or personal sensitivity.
Such erroneous advice is the result of a safety job being handed to
someone who lacks the necessary experience & knowledge.
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