Sunday, December 25, 2005

Kokatat's the Best

Kokatat is a name that is almost synonymous with paddling. Their paddling wear is of the highest quality one can find. And, they have a full line of women's specific technical paddling clothing. I consider myself to be extremely lucky to be sponsored by Kokatat. Thanks Kokatat!

I'll be paddling 28 full days in Florida during the WaterTribe Ultimate Challenge. And will likely encounter all kinds of weather. During my 2004 WaterTribe Everglades Challenge we had 2 nights of temps in the 20's. Both the 2004 and 2205 Challenges also had 2 days with small craft warnings, in 2005 we had torrential rains for a day and a half.

So what am I planning to wear in Florda?

During the day and in the full sun, I'll be wearing Kokatat's Destination Wear, including their Destination Paddling Shirt and Sunwester Hat. Made of Relaxed, durable Supplex®, this outfit will keep the sun off, the wind out, and still allows perspiration to escape. The shirt is quick drying and with mesh ventilation built in.

Once the sun goes down, and after being out on the water all day, I easily cool off. Night time gear includes Kokatat's GOR-TEX Paclite Paddling Jacket and pants, feather weight, supple, quite, and packable. Great for layering under if additional warmth is needed. The GOR-TEX Nor'wester hat is perfect in rain and adverse conditions.

I've worn these paddling clothes now since August, on my Lake Michigan trip when I picked up the Kruger Dreamcatcher, and at home during training. They are the best.

Paddling in front of the Manistique East Breakwater Lighthouse, Manistique Michigan.

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