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NRS Sidewinder Dry Bib + Cag

Postby Phil » 08 Apr 2018, 13:35

After much research, I went and spent an eye-watering amount of money yesterday on an NRS Sidewinder Dry Bib from the excellent Brighton canoes (in Newhaven). I thought the forum might be interested in this as a clothing option as I haven't seen anyone else post about it:

https://www.brighton-canoes.co.uk/produ ... y-bibs.htm

I wanted a two-piece surface/semi-dry outfit that was flexible enough to use all year round. It was important for me that I wouldn't get sweaty launching when it's hotter (but not hot enough to just go out in trunks) and that I could layer up and keep warm in the winter. Reading reports on this forum about the dangers of winter boating, it also needed to keep me dry if I accidently fell in to cold water, at least for a few mins until I could get back in the boat.

The bib has built in socks and a water-tight pee zip + can be mated with a cag to create a decent seal. I've seen YouTube videos of people testing this and staying dry jumping in and out of water. Luke at Brighton canoes thought I'd get a bit of seepage in the water after a few mins, but the suit isn't going to fill-up like conventional waders and prevent me from lifting myself out of the water should the worst happen.

Having tried several cags out in the shop (including the NRS options), I found the cag that mated best with the bib was a [thankfully!] cheaper entry-level Palm top. This had a neoprene neck which, whilst less watertight, was a lot more comfortable and a good compromise considering my PFD would keep my head out of the water if I did fall in:

https://www.brighton-canoes.co.uk/produ ... ertigo.htm

The bib in particular feels lightweight and very well made. I like buying kayak gear for boating as it's designed to be flexible and durable. The bib gets so snug with the built in waist belt that it traps in air that's quite difficult to get out. In fact, I don't think the bib would fill up with water below the waste if I fell in and wasn't wearing a cag. Something to test in shallow water/good conditions when it's warmer.

I'll report back with how I find the combo in practice when I next get the boat out...
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Re: NRS Sidewinder Dry Bib + Cag

Postby Paul B » 08 Apr 2018, 15:08

Martin just bought these. https://www.tridentuk.com/gb/trident-dr ... c-743.html
Which are similar but a lot cheaper, I have. 2 piece drysuit which I only use the bottoms, great for launching and if the weather is a little wet or sea is lumpy,
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Re: NRS Sidewinder Dry Bib + Cag

Postby warder54 » 08 Apr 2018, 16:08

I like the look of those Paul. Just waiting on my new custom dry-suit from Trident! Those launching trousers look like a good summer option. - This forum can cost you a fortune if you're not careful!!
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Re: NRS Sidewinder Dry Bib + Cag

Postby Paul B » 08 Apr 2018, 17:03

warder54 wrote:I like the look of those Paul. Just waiting on my new custom dry-suit from Trident! Those launching trousers look like a good summer option. - This forum can cost you a fortune if you're not careful!!

The ones Martin bought do look good and are good value, I put him onto them as they are going to be my next purchase as my drysuit pants are getting a tad old and buggered, they are also from Trident,

Just ordered some new boots from Lomo today as my old wet suit boots are starting to fall apart, but they are at least 10 years old :lol:
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Re: NRS Sidewinder Dry Bib + Cag

Postby Paul » 08 Apr 2018, 22:53

warder54 wrote: This forum can cost you a fortune if you're not careful!!

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It isn't a forum thing, it's a 'bloke' thing :lol:
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Re: NRS Sidewinder Dry Bib + Cag

Postby Martin » 09 Apr 2018, 07:14

warder54 wrote:- This forum can cost you a fortune if you're not careful!!

Now look see what you’ve done, I’ve just sat here and totted up how much I’ve spent on boating gear and drones over the 4 years of the forum......
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Re: NRS Sidewinder Dry Bib + Cag

Postby Andy B » 09 Apr 2018, 13:23

Martin wrote: I’ve just sat here and totted up how much I’ve spent on boating

This is something you should never do!
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Re: NRS Sidewinder Dry Bib + Cag

Postby Mitch » 09 Apr 2018, 21:30

When I was younger me & the wife usually argued about the kids, now the kids are gone it’s about my cars or my boat, I’m not adding up anything.
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Re: NRS Sidewinder Dry Bib + Cag

Postby Phil » 17 Apr 2018, 22:36

I tried out the NRS bib and Palm Cag on the weekend in the Solent.

No overboard seal testing given how cold the water was and the chilly sea mist, but I was impressed with the bib. It felt very lightweight and well made and the built in socks worked well with sports socks underneath and wetsuit boots overtop jumping in the water and dragging the boat to shore.

The Palm bib was a bit more clumbersome in comparison and less comfortable, even with the neoprene (rather than latex) neck, which I rolled down as it was too long. But it did the job and provided what felt like a good seal around the waste with the bib.

I’m looking forward to more cold-weather boating with this gear...
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Re: NRS Sidewinder Dry Bib + Cag

Postby Martin » 17 Apr 2018, 22:40

Great news Phil.
I can also report my launch trousers were a great success.
Very comfortable, I love waders but I have to say I’m now done with them. I’ll stick to the tridents from now on and I’ll continue with my BR1 over the top in the wet stuff.
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