Got this product as it had a zipper for ventilation and two zippered pockets for misc stuff. The short works well for swells, when the zipper is closed off course. Ventilation is ok, but depending on temperature, it still can get hot. Get wet or sweat... Good product. Recommend it.
Love this skirt! Worked great for our week in the Boundary Waters of MN. A little warm inside because it wraps all the way around, but if you leave the zipper open you get some air movement. The warmth will be great for Fall trips. Kept me dry in the rain and the pockets were very useful!
I love this skirt. It's very easy to put on, comfortable while rotating
and sheds water well. The quality of construction and materials are
excellent. I've used it in the ocean three times. If it leaks, it's
extremely little. When it's hot or I want to get something inside the
cockpit, I just unzip it from the bottom up (two zippers) and don't
even have to open the PFD. Unless the water is extremely rough and
I anticipate rolling, this is my skirt.
I have yet so see a this product reviewed for using on an Old Town
Vapor 10, so I hope this helps those that are wanting to purchase
one of these for their Vapors. We ran three Vapor 10 kayaks on two
different occasions on the Big Pine Creek in central Indiana. This
creek offer Class II-III rapids in some spots and WILL swamp a
kayak without a spray skirt. The trick to putting this skirt on is to
start at the back while you are straddling the vapor and work your
way to the front of the cockpit while keeping tension on the skirt as
you put it on. After a couple of times doing it, it becomes quite
easy. Getting in the kayak with the skirt on is a little tricky at first,
but get easier with practice. Those with shorter legs will have a
much easier time. Once in, just zip it up, put on the suspender,
tighten the skirt using the Velcro tabs on the side, and out on your
PFD. You can also adjust the tension on the semi flexible support
beam built into the skirt to help shed water- and it sheds water
great. OK, Back go the water. The first thing I noticed was how
much water actually sheds off this skirt. Yes, you will have some
small pooling with bigger waves, but that is easily swept off with
your hand. For the most part, it keeps water out of your yak. Yes,
because of the zipper, which is really more waterproof than not, will
allow a little water in but not much, and you will not get swamped.
Ripping the skirt away for a wet exit is a breeze with the long yellow
webbing that rides the front of the skirt to almost your torso. I
found this out when I was in some swift water and hit a log. Went
upside down, and I pulled the skirt right off. Swimming with a such
a long skirt for the Vapor is a little more of a challenge but doable.
The real treat though with this skirt is going through CII and CIII. I
have had waves crash with force right into my lap several times
with this skirt and it gets shed quite nicely. As you might have
guessed, the Vapor is not as sturdy as a true WW yak and it will flex
a little. But the skirt has always stayed on. The seat so far has not
impeded the ability for the skirt to stay on- even when you are
moving your torso around. Bottom line- The Vapor 10 is a not a
true WW kayak and this skirt is not designed for true WW kayaking
so a little water is going to come in. But not flooded and swamped
levels. On a 7 mile run mixed with calm water and CI-III rapids, I
had maybe a gallon of water come in. That's doing pretty good in
my opinion. I bought this skirt for using out Vapors in the BWCA
this Sept, and I think it's going to perform fine.
Nice medium duty skirt. Goes on well once you get to used to it.
Quite comfortable, not hot at all, even on hotter days. Handy
zipper tunnel makes on & off easier and gives access to cockpit.
Pulls off easily & quickly. Good for medium-duty use in small waves
and mild whitewater.
Negatives are: it leaks just a little from small waves, probably
through the zipper; water pools on top despite the rounded metal
stay. The skirt can come off on its own accord when rolling over
without pulling the handle, which sort of defeats part of the purpose
for having a skirt. So, I imagine that this skirt will not be the best
for whitewater. Maybe should upgrade to full neoprene skirt if you
intend on doing bigger water.
Love the easy in and out of the Sneak skirt as well as being able to
unzip and vent more on hot days. It does leak quite a bit through
the zipper so I would not wear it in cold water conditions because of
that. Do wish it were a more watertight zipper, but other than that,
the skirt is great.
I have owned a Seals Sneak Kayak Spray Skirt for two years. I
original purchased it for my Perception Carolina 12 which required a
2.5 size. I then purchased a Stellar S12 which requires a 2.2 size but
I found I can use my 2.5 skirt on both kayaks. I love the zipper
feature as it allows me to gain access to some of my equipment which
I store in the cockpit. I find the skirt easy to put on and secure to the
boat. I have recommended this to 4 friends who have purchased it
and seem to like it as much as I do.
Good skirt. Comfortable and works well.
Perfect product for the purpose of
keeping a paddler dry and
comfortable. I particularly like
the zippered deck which allows
you to get to your pockets, etc.
I got 2 of these for my son and
I to use on a Carolina 14.5 and
a sea lion. Both newbies to
kayaking we used these on a
short river trip (41 mi 2 days)
and they worked well.
When a frog choker hits, you
will get a drip of water through
the zipper after a while but
most of it flows off. Plowing
through troughs it keeps the
water out also, unless you
leave it unzipped, then it
channels cold water to exciting
locations. I couldnt wear a skirt
without a zipper in warm
weather for 8 hours and the 15
year old called the zip pockets
"snack pockets" 10 seconds
after seeing them.
I hit a rapid poorly and
demonstrated a wet exit with
the skirt on for the scouts. Its
my story and I'll tell it my way.
Skirt worked as it should.
spray skirt works great to keep
you fairly dry even when your up
on your side, keeps rain out
I ordered this to use on a planned sub-
freezing flatwater river paddle. A rainstorm
dumped 3" of rain just prior to the paddle,
leaving us with plenty of rapids to play in. I
stayed dry and warm, despite not zipping the
tunnel all the way. This will come in handy for
the balance of our winter paddles, provided all
the waterways don't freeze!