“A lot of people like snow. I find it to be an unnecessary freezing of water.”
― Carl Reiner
Leading up to the US SurfSki Champs in August, Pat Langley of Vaikobi was so kind as to send me a pair of the V Cold Paddle Pants.
I remember as a kid being able to surf for hours in just boardies, but somehow as I’ve got older, there seem to be an increasing about of thermal tops being added to my paddling gear collection.
I pulled them on for the first time on a reasonably chilly and windy day, and immediately felt the warm factor. I took this as a great sign, and by the time we had hopped on the water for a quick downwind run from Fort Baker to Berkeley, I was looking forward to the cool water.
If anyone has paddled in San Francisco they will know that the water is always pretty cold. As Mark Twain said “The best winter you’ll ever have is summer in San Francisco!” The pants kept me nice and toasty, and even though I went pretty hard in the paddle, I never over-heated. The breath-ability and temperature management systems of the pants works a charm.
They were surprisingly comfortable, as I was expecting the neoprene to cause a bit of resistance to movement in the seat as I rotated with the paddle stroke, but the cleverly designed panels of different material make these pants fantastic with regards to range of motion. They are pretty stretchy and the low front and high back is perfect for a seated sport like surfski. (I also like the blue seam lines effect-no chafing and make the pants look pretty cool too).
All in all, these are now my favourite pants to paddle in. With winter settling in properly in Oklahoma City, they are coming in handy in my K1 as well.
As it’s said – “there’s no such thing as cold weather, just poor gear”! Click on the logo below or the images of the pants above to go to the Vaikobi website to find out more.