Seals Spray Skirts
New addition for Wetter Conditions
The weather will get colder soon and many of the best
paddling adventures will take place as the weather gets crisp. Spray skirts are essential to enjoying your
cold weather kayaking, as the right skirt will keep that frigid water off your
body and extend your trip. We recently
expanded our inventory of spray skirts by adding Seals brand. Seals has been making quality spray skirts
for almost 25 years and has supplied every US Olympic Kayak Team since 1984 with
their competition skirts. We are very
happy to expand this line of products and felt it was a great time to talk about spray skirts
Spray Skirts are designed for sit inside kayaks. They are worn around the waist of a kayaker and
connects to the cockpit of the kayak to create a watertight seal. This prevents
the cockpit from filling up with water and, at the same time, keeps the paddler
Spray skirts are made from neoprene, nylon or a combination
of neoprene and nylon. Your standard sit insides will use a nylon or
nylon/neoprene hybrid while a whitewater kayaker will always use a neoprene
skirt. The type of skirt you use will
be based on the type of kayaking you are doing and the temperature.
Neoprene: These Spray Skirts are meant to create a tight seal around the rim of
the kayak. This tight seal will keep
the cockpit dry and allow for the paddler to be submerged without capsizing the
kayak. They can get warm during days
when the temperature is elevated.
(Seals designs each spray skirt to fit specific kayak. Because of this your spray skirt will fit
snugly. When the skirt is new, it may be difficult to stretch onto the cockpit
rim. With a new neoprene spray skirt, it is recommend that you place the spray
skirt on the cockpit of your kayak for about 48 hours. If it is still too
tight, wet the skirt before you put it on the cockpit.)
Nylon: Nylon Spray Skirts are easy to get on and off your
kayak. Higher quality skirts will come
with a tensioned deck stay which will raise the deck area so water will run off
the sides instead of pooling in your lap.
This will not keep larger waves from capsizing your vessel but will
provide protection from gentle lapping waves.
Many of the nylon style skirts will come with zippered pockets for
storage. These skirts are very nice on
warmer days, as they are somewhat breathable.
Seals also make half skirts or splash decks that leave the cockpit open
and help keep the splash off you.
Nylon/Neoprene: This style of spray skirt will have a nylon torso usually with
Velcro or suspenders to hold the tube up and a neoprene base. The neoprene will
grip the rim of the kayak nylon brings added mobility to the paddler. This
style of spray skirt is not 100% waterproof but will do the tricks on
moderately rough water.
Your Spray Skirt should be easy to remove but no so easy
that it will slip off at the slightest tug. If it is extremely hard to get off,
it will even be harder to do so upside down in the water. You should feel
confident that you can get out of any situation that may arise.
To keep your Spray Skirt in good condition you should follow
these simple guidelines. Always rinse
your skirt thoroughly after every use in salt or chlorinated water. Hang your
skirt to dry wrinkle-free and store your spray skirt out of the sunlight.
Seals provides a handy fit guide with every sprayskirt or
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