Basically the Sharkskin comes out when the temperature is below 15 degrees… I wore mine the other day in Munich when the training on the Regatta course the temperature got to 12 degrees, and that’s the middle of summer over here. Yesterday we went into Munich and checked out the standing wave on the river where guys are all surfing in full length wetsuits, hoods and booties. I asked a guy for a couple of rides on his board and jumped in with boardies, a short sleeve thermal and my Sharkskin vest over the top. I was sweet – didn’t even get cold.
Kayaker / Olympian
I have been using the Sharkskin Rapid Dry top a lot both on and off the water and I’m loving it. It’s perfect for the slightly colder conditions too as it’s like a splash guard when it is drizzling but you don’t overheat.
NZ World Champion - Sprint/Marathon/Surf Ski Paddler
There are three branches of white water kayaking – extreme creek boating which involves paddling creeks and waterfalls; freestyle, surfing river waves and tricks; and slalom which is a timed race while negotiating a series of gates. I am heavily involved in Slalom training but do spread my time over all three branches. I am proud to wear the silver fern on my chest, New Zealand on my back. NZL on my boat and Sharkskin on my body.
We need a garment that gives us some insulation and dries quickly when wet. The Sharkskin Rapid Dry product is perfect – not as cold as lycra or spandex garments and dries super fast keeping us warm when training or competing.
Bethalls Beach SLNZ Boat Crew
I am in the New Zealand Team for White Water Canoe Slalom and I have been using this gear for the past year. I have found it to be a very good product to wear as it is comfortable, warm and you still have full movement in it unlike a wetsuit. Sharkskin suits all weather conditions and temperatures, especially on Lake Wakatipu in the South Island of New Zealand. I would defiantly recommend these garments to any person who works in water environments, and needs a top that is versatile in all conditions.
White Water Kayaking
I stumbled across Sharkskin while I was in Australia a few years ago, and have been a firm advocate of the brand ever since. As an underwater photographer, I need to have as much mobility as possible, and have found that the combination of the rash vests and pants serve as freeing alternatives to the stiffness of conventional wetsuits. I like that I can mix and match different pieces together, depending on the water temperature, and that I can also layer with thicker wetsuits in much colder conditions. Having so much gear to lug around, the lightness of Sharkskin frees up a lot of space and weight, which is always a bonus for a photographer. Other underwater photographers and scuba divers are constantly asking me for wetsuit recommendations, and I always tell them to give Sharkskin a go, especially because it is like wearing pajamas underwater
Professional Underwater and Topside Photographer
Near freezing conditions and up to 40 knot winds on race day mean the only way I’m going anywhere near the water is in my Sharkskins. The fleece lining is super cosy, and the warmth also means I don’t have stiff achy knees and joints anymore! With dusk approaching and fast ferries speeding by the hi-vis orange is also reassuring.
Early morining winter training on Lake Karapiro by the NZ Canoe Sprint Team, when they were in preparation for the 2010 ICF Canoe Sprint World Championships which were held in Poznan, Europe.
NZ Kayak Team
Competed in the 2010 ICF Canoe Sprint World Championships
My philosophy for adventure is simple, “No boundaries, No limits”. From high altitudes to extreme depths, whenever I prepare for action I find my Rapid Dry is one of the first things I pack!
Record Holding Freediver, SSI Instructor, Pro Adventure Athlete
The thing I love about all the Sharkskin products is that they take time to make the garment the best it can be for the paddler. On top of Sharkskin’s Chillproof range of paddling products, now comes the Performance Pro compression top.
I use the Sharkskin compression top for not only racing but for training as well. The good thing with this top it is that I never get too hot or cold.
I love it and the rest of the range and I’m sure you will to. Thanks to Sharkskin for being an Australian company that is designing products for the paddler.
My Kayak Coach - www.mykayakcoach.com
After hearing all the positive feedback about the Sharkskin products, I decided it was long overdue to try some clothing that could keep me warm with my Jetskifishing adventures. I have used various wetsuit brands and after the restrictive nature of the other products and rashes I was receiving, keeping warm and comfortable had been an issue…
Since using the Sharkskin range my adventures have been more enjoyable, also sustaining longer periods of fishing, even in extreme conditions, as I am no longer suffering from the cold. I totally recommend any athletes that are subjected to the elements, keep warm and dry, use the Sharkskin range and you to can really enjoy your sport.
Jet Ski Fishing
Our Sharkskin Rapid Dry tops were exactly what we needed for raft racing. Powering through rapids they repelled the water to keep us warm while competing, while off the water they dried so quick they became a great casual top for us to wear on the podium. The 50+ UPF also helped with the harsh NZ sun. Thanks Sharkskin for helping us look and feel good during the Whitewater Rafting world champs.
NZ Men’s Rafting Team 2013