“Chill Factor Zero” the ad claims. Our readers confirm this! All over the Country the Sharkskin brand of thermal wear is flowing off the shelves. Its fleecy lining makes it the most comfortable paddling wear available.
Tony Barrett of Hamilton C&K told me “I was on the Mohaka River in May, wearing just a Sharkskin and dry top. Although I was wet all day, I never felt the cold. When I took it off, it felt as if there had been no water in it. The water vanished very quickly.” There’s no need for anyone to put up with the cold any more.
Canoe & Kayak Magazine
I get cold really fast and Sharkskin keeps me warm and comfortable for my Winter SUP and Outrigger paddling making it possible to paddle long downwinds or distance paddling without worrying about getting cold. The nice thing is that I do not overheat when I’m pushing myself hard!
Felipe Alonso Dos Santos
Ferg’s Kayak staff member and SUP/Outrigger Champion paddler
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, RAID Instructor, Pro Adventure Athlete
Chris Nicholson (Nico) and the Team Vestas Wind crew use Sharkskin to keep their extremities warm when the temperature and wind become extreme during the 1st leg of the 2014 Volvo Ocean Race.
Team Vestas Wind
2014 Volvo Ocean Race
HECS Technology, it’s the little difference that makes the big difference in my ability to get the perfect shot. With the Sharkskin Covert Stinger Suit it all comes together; look, function, and material.
Filmmaker, Behind the Mask
I have been wearing Sharkskin garments for preparation and execution of kayaking the Tasman. In 84 days I gave it a hammering like no other. It was the ultimate test of function and durability. One of the hardest components of the expedition is to stay healthy in such a small and wet environment. Initially the conditions in the Northern Tasman were warm and I wore the Sharkskin Rapid Dry long sleeve top. The sun protection and Rapid Dry function were vital. As I progressed south I wore the Sharkskin Climate Control long sleeve. This thing is unbelievable! I wore it every day while paddling for over 3 weeks without washing and often with a heavy thermal survival suit on top. It’s the only garment that could protect my skin and keep the heat in these conditions. Wow!
Trans-Tasman solo kayak paddler
Stand Up Paddling has you above the water, exposed to the elements and wind chill is always major factor. With Sharkskins products being 100% windproof I find the range boasts extremely comfortable garments that have the same warmth as a full wetsuit, but are more lightweight and offer increased flexibility, a must when competing in National and International Stand Up Paddle events.I choose Sharkskin for this reason and it never gets left behind when packing for my next surf.
Current Australian SUP Champion
It’s been 14 days since I wore Sharkskin long sleeve Performance Top for the first time. I tried it in all kind of weather conditions – sun, rain, wind, in lakes, rivers, in the sea, calm waters and in wild waters. The lowest water temperature I paddled had 9°C. From the first day I saw Sharkskin in a shop until after trying Sharkskin in all these conditions, my opinion about Sharkskin hasn’t changed – it’s really pleasant. Sharkskin garments are tight and the movement of the body is great because of the quality of the material. I can move perfectly in it. Sharkskin is warm where it needs to be, it’s 100% windproof, it’s waterproof and it breathes. What I like most is that the material breaths (something I miss when wearing usual kayak anoraks) – this way my skin and the inner side of the garment stay dry at all times. For this reason I feel great all the time during practice and the are no cold chills at the end of practice. All this will be also very useful in winter time when the temperatures get lower. Despite cold I will be able to do longer practices without worrying about being cold.
I have been using Sharkskin for over 5 years. Sharkskin is my wetsuit of choice for warm water diving plus they make a big difference under a wetsuit in cooler waters. If I keep suited up between dives my Sharkskin is far more comfortable than my wetsuit with neither the chill or overheating of a wetsuit. My crew have been using Sharkskin for longer than me; you can’t get better recommendation than that!
Mike Ball Dive Expeditions, Great Barrier Reef & Coral Sea
At my age and Polynesian descent, I hate being cold! Optimal temperature while training and racing is vital for enjoyment and successful performance. I use the Hybrid Long Pants and Sleeveless Vest for the bulk of my paddle training, which is a combination of ocean surf ski, down river and white water. The major advantage I discovered with Sharkskin was that I am comfortable in cold conditions but I don’t overheat if there is a temperature change. I have used it in many different ways, under my wetsuit canyoning, winter mountain biking and kite boarding. Sharkskin is wonder wear!
2012 Adventure Racing World Champion
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
Emirates Team NZ during the 2013 America’s Cup campaign in San Francisco Bay. ETMNZ crew members wear Sharkskin to keep them warm during extreme sailing conditions.
Emirates Team NZ