Tuesday, November 08, 2011

Cold Water Vest

 You've noticed by now, the water is getting cold fast. One way to combat the icy chill of winter surfing is with this. It's kind of like one of those electric blankets that faded in popularity as a result of some house fires. Electric blanket technology has come a long way in the past 30 years and is now safe enough to wear under your wetsuit in the water. Rip Curl makes it and they call it the H-Bomb vest. There is a low heat setting which will allow for 2 and a half hours battery life and the high heat setting will give you about 2 hours of Febuary morning warmth. The battery takes about 3 hours to charge, so you could surf the morning then charge it up for the afternoon. Quiksilver makes a version as well, but doesn't have as much heated surface area as the vest from RC. They are not the cheapest wetsuit accessory out there, and at just under $300 could put a hurtin' on your wallet. For some however, you can't put a price on comfort. 

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