Wondering What to Wear Winter Kayaking? Here Are Our Tips!

So, winter is finally here, but that doesn’t mean your paddling adventures have to stop, you just need to make sure you’re dressed correctly for the changing conditions.


Winter Kayaking


When out paddling in the winter months, it is important that you are as safe, warm and comfortable as possible, so we always recommend layering your clothes, it’s always better to be able to remove clothing if you get hot than feel cold and wish you were wearing more.


To help you, here’s our list of items that you should consider wearing while out paddling:


  • A drysuit - In our opinion, a drysuit is the best option for anyone who wants to paddle through winter as they are suitable for all types of paddling; Sit On Top Kayaking, Kayak Angling, Sea Kayaking, Recreational, Whitewater, Touring or Open Canoes. They give you protection against the elements by way of thermal insulation and exclusion of water with latex seals around your wrists and neck. When choosing your drysuit, you need to consider the fit, material, features, warranty and colour of the suit. For more information, check out our previous blog post: ‘How to Choose the Right Drysuit for Paddling.’

Palm Atom Drysuit

  • To wear under your drysuit, we recommend thermals and base layers which are both comfortable and great for keeping you warm as they regulate your body temperature. Thanks to their lightweight material, they are quick drying and give you the flexibility you need for all paddling strokes. The thermal top that we’re loving this season is the Palm Arun Ladies Base Layer which is made with a Channel Flow technology that rapidly draws water away from your skin‚ helping to keep you dry‚ warm‚ and comfortable. Yak's Target Thermal Top and Pants can also be worn on their own on as part of your layers and they come with fast wicking and quick drying materials for optimum performance.

Thermal Clothing

  • Gloves - When you are paddling in cold water, your hands will get chilly quickly so it’s important to wear gloves fit for purpose. Neoprene gloves offer optimum grip and warmth and many are designed to fit the natural shape of the hand so that you will hardly notice you’re wearing them. Normal gloves alone can sometimes prove too slippery for the paddle, so in cold weather, you can wear your regular gloves underneath a pair of neoprene gloves for extra warmth. Pogies are another good option as they are open palmed gloves which fit onto your paddle shaft. When you are paddling, they are much warmer than gloves, but remember, they will always be attached to your paddle, so when you take your hands out, you won’t have any protection from the cold.


  • Footwear - It’s important to keep your feet as warm as possible and for your shoes or boots to have decent grip if you’ll be scrambling over rocks or along the river bed. Palm Gradient Shoe & Boot provide great ankle support thanks to their shape and are easy to put on with their low cut heel. Also for durability, it’s reinforced with a protective scratch rubber upper.

Palm Gradient Boot

  • Hats - A hat should be an essential part of your winter kayaking kit as more heat escapes from your head than any other part of your body. There are many options available to you, including a neoprene hat that acts as a great extra layer under your helmet. Or skull caps and beanies are popular choices to keep your head as warm as possible.


We currently have all these winter essentials in stock on our website and in the shop so please pop by anytime and we can help find the perfect fit for you.

If you have any questions or would like some more information, please contact us here.


Winter Kayaking