Cold and warm weather climates alike require certain clothing to make the most of your SUP experience. Whether you cruise the chilly coastlines of Alaska or bask in Florida’s bright sunshine, the right gear can make or break your day on the water.
Paddle boarding is so much more than strapping on the leash and gliding your paddle through the water. All-day iSUP trips to any corner of the earth can fall short of your expectations if you don’t equip your body and board with the right accessories. Take a look at the iRocker crew’s expert clothing guide for SUP trips in different climates.
Warm Weather SUP Gear You’ve Gotta Have
Dressing for a summer paddle board session is a lot less work than preparing for a cold weather paddle. Although, it’s important to protect yourself from strong UV rays and bring a cooler full of cold water.
- Wear a swimsuit underneath your clothing for a quick dip when you start to overheat
- Look for a moisture-wicking, SPF shirt and shorts that will protect your skin and won’t limit mobility
- Wear a wide-brimmed hat to protect your face and eyes from the sun
- Attach your sunglasses to a sunglass strap to make sure you don’t lose them in the water
- Protect your feet with water shoes if you plan to walk on the bottom of the lake, river or waterway where you intend to paddle
- Protective sunscreen is one of the most important parts of any iSUP experience (pro tip: throw your sunscreen in the cooler so it’s nice and cold when you rub it on your skin)
- Pack plenty of ice, water and a water bottle that stays cold for extended periods of time
- Stay energized with some healthy snacks
Cold Weather Requires Proper Gear Preparation
One of the most exhilarating adventures you can find is braving the chilly temperatures with your iSUP in tow. Unfortunately, your stand up paddle boarding trip can become stressful and uncomfortable if you don’t properly prepare. We’re here to make sure that doesn’t happen.
- A high-quality wetsuit will keep you comfortable even in the chilliest wind and water. Look for a four mm to seven mm wetsuit made specifically for cold climates. While thick wetsuits will keep you warm, remember you may have to sacrifice some mobility.
- Do you expect to paddle in water colder than 45 degrees? If so, opt for a drysuit Drysuits have a nylon waterproof layer and airtight seals around your wrists and ankles to block water. Although, you still have to layer up because drysuits provide zero insulation.
- Stay warm with a thermal shirt and pants. SUPing in cold water is no small feat and often reserved for experienced paddlers (if you’re planning a cold weather SUP trip, then we’re probably talking about you!) The right top and bottoms will keep you warm and prevent overheating from your wetsuit.
- Neoprene booties and gloves are key to regulating your body temperature in chilly conditions. Look for booties two mm to eight mm thick to provide the perfect layer of insulation against the cold water. Find gloves with grips made specifically for SUP or kayak.
Fun Add-Ons to Improve Your Experience
We’re not going to tell you a high-quality waterproof speaker or kayak bundle is absolutely necessary for a paddle boarding getaway, but they’ll certainly take it to the next level. Take a look at some of our favorite accessories for your next iSUP trip.
- The cooler deck bag is an important accessory for your all-day paddling adventure (securely straps to your iRocker board, water resistant, fits all of your essentials)
- Diversify your experience with gear to easily convert your iSUP into a kayak
- Keep yourself and your family safe with a sports life vest equipped with a whistle made specifically for SUPing. You don’t think you need it until you really need it.
- Traveling somewhere fun? Whether you go by plane, train or car, the roller travel backpack is the perfect way to safely store your iRocker during your trip.
Stay Safe and Comfortable While Paddle Boarding in All Types of Weather
The first step to a rewarding stand up paddle boarding experience is a high-quality board and the right accessories to keep you safe. If you’re new to the sport, look for a board that promotes balance and maneuverability. The iRocker Wide Cruiser is perfect for novice and casual SUPers alike. Ready to take your SUP experience to the next level? If you’re interested in using your iRocker to surf, race or kayak, check out the BLACKFIN Model SX.
Compare every aspect of our iRocker and BLACKFIN boards through this simple chart to ensure you make a confident purchase.
No matter the board you use or your level of skill, there’s simply nothing more important than protecting your body from the natural elements. Whether that’s blocking your skin from strong UV rays or keeping your toes warm in freezing water, iRocker is here with the gear and recommendations to ensure a safe SUP experience.
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