A climaprene top and a neoprene balaclava

November 9, 2006

I turned 36 last week and I still get ‘birthday money’ from my parents – something wrong with this situiation I think. Anyway I used the cash to buy a long sleave climparene top (18,000 yen) to replace my wet suit top which is just isn’t very comfortable. Climaprene is very warm but allows your body to move properly without the restrictions of neoprene. It is ‘as warm as 2.5mm of neoprene’ which isn’t super great but I hope enough for me for now (next thing is to get a dry suit).

This is the spraf on climaprene:

“MontBell developed Climaprene for cold-weather water sports like paddling. Featuring a brushed fleece on the inside, laminated to polyurethane on the outside, Climaprene is highly windproof and waterproof. Climaprene dries quickly, retains heat well, and is as warm as 2.5 mm neoprene. Soft fleece against your skin helps you feel warm and cozy, while the aerodynamically smooth outer surface provides great stretch for a comfortable, body-hugging fit.

More compact and lighter weight than neoprene, Climaprene is ideal for canoe trips, rafting tours, or for any water sport where you need water-resistant warmth and comfort.”

I also bought a neoprene balaclava (2,000 yen) so I can still practice rolling in winter. I looked at the cap types but they didn’t feel very secure. The balaclava isn’t super comfortable (what balaclavas are?) but at least it won’t come off. Now I just need some time on the water. (My wife is going to Tokyo with the kids for two weeks so I might just have time)


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