We were paddling in 5 degree water with a air temp of 26 degrees and the sharkskin paddling pants and tops kept us warm in the cold water without making us over heat in the warm air. While competing you need a product that can adapt to different weather conditions without compromising your performance and sharkskin have found the perfect balance! Sharkskin paddling pants offer superior comfort without the chaffing which is extremely important while training and racing for long periods of time.
Member of the Champion Australian Rafting Team
Over the last few months I’ve taken a huge liking to my Sharkskin Long sleeve top.
For spring white water creeking / scouting missions the Sharkskin long sleeve top has become my absolute go to. It’s comfort and warmth has made the need for multiple smelly poly pro’s redundant.
In an early spring descent of the snow fed central Otago Nevis river I was more than comfortable wearing only my sharkskin under my dry top. Normally this type of descent would demand at least 3 poly pro’s which restricts your range of motion in this class V kayaking environment.
I would recommend the Sharkskin long sleeve top to any kayaker who is keen to have one do it all garment under their dry top. It is warm on even the coldest days and reduces the need for multiple layers.
My twin brother Shaun and I have been using Sharkskin gear for around 6 months now and we are loving it! We train on either our skis or kayaks everyday and have experienced extreme weather conditions. Sharkskin offers something perfect to wear in all areas, from freezing winter mornings with icy winds to the hottest summer days. The gear provides great mobility, especially around the armpit region, which is perfect for paddling and it always keeps us warm without making us hot. We used to have problems with rash and chaffing but have never experienced this while using Sharkskin gear. The Sharkskin garments are not only good for paddling; they are perfect to throw under a wetsuit while surfing or to keep you warm from the wind while kite surfing. We highly recommend Sharkskin gear to any athlete; they definitely supply the best paddling gear we have ever used.
Kayak & Ski Paddler
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
Even on the coldest mornings all I need is a long sleeve thermal and my sharkskin. It have found it allows me to keep warm in a variety of conditions and the rain is no issue. It can really dump it down and you are no colder when wearing the Sharkskin. I’ve also been using it on the surf ski and it’s brilliant. I’ve hopped off into the water just to test it out and found that it really keeps me warm even when wet. I also use a very thin neoprene type top and when this gets wet when combined with the breeze it can be really cool…the Sharkskin is significantly warmer than the new titanium neoprene type garments out these days.
International Multisport athlete and 3 time winner of NZ Coast to Coast event
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 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, SSI Instructor, Pro Adventure Athlete
I’ve noticed a marked difference in how close I can approach certain marine life underwater while wearing the HECS suit – a worthwhile advantage for any cameraman.
Filmmaker, Liquid Action Films
Sharkskin has to be the best thermal garment I’ve used for my Kitesurfing. Comfortable, warm and lightweight it’s great when the wind chill gets down. During the winter months can be especially hard while teaching but with my sharksins under my wetsuit I’m fine even with the harshest southerlies.
Auckland Kitesurf Centre (Head Instructor)
“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’ve had a few paddles in the Sharkskin Chest Vest in some really cold and windy Christchurch winter conditions. I really like how it stays dry on the inside and the fleece type material is really comfortable against the body. It doesn’t feel like other ’wetsuit’ vests as it moulds and moves with the paddling action and doesn’t restrict me at all. You can tell it provides 100% protection against the wind and cold as I could not feel any draught through the material, and it holds my body heat in well too. To top it off – it also looks cool!
All in all a great product that will keep me paddling through winter chill free.
Canoe Racing NZ Performance Athlete