Product Review: Immersion Research Thickskin Union Suit

| February 2, 2011 | 4 Comments

If It’s Not Frozen, Paddle It!

Thickskin Union Suit

Can’t wait until spring to begin paddling again? We know what you mean. For those of us that don’t have to deal with frozen water and extreme cold temperatures, you can still enjoy paddling with a little preparedness. Think Thickskin! Immersion Research designs and manufacturers paddling gear with a focus on apparel, skirts, jackets, dry suits, layering and more. This month, we are featuring their Thickskin Union Suit. An ACK customer shared the following review with us:

I have used the Thickskin Union Suit on 4 kayak fishing trips over the past 10 days with temperatures ranging from about 32 to 40 degrees Fahrenheit. My first reaction was that this product works just as described.

The obvious function of this suit is to keep you warm and it certainly did so without the need for excessive layering. I wore this suit with a pair of fishing pants, along with a fishing shirt topped with a fleece pullover and some rain gear. That combination kept me very warm at freezing temperatures. Surprisingly, this suit was particularly comfortable. I have noticed that many modern base layers fit particularly tight and can become uncomfortable for extended wear. This suit stayed comfortable for my entire overnight fishing trip. I was so tired when I returned home that I even fell comfortably asleep with it on!

Always be prepared with the proper paddling attire

There isn’t too much negative I can say about this product. I must say though, getting into the suit through the neck was somewhat awkward at first but I eventually got used to it. I am about 5’11 and 195 lbs and according to the sizing chart I should be a large but I noticed that it seemed a little loose. This could however, be intended.

Keep in mind hat this is a base layer and not intended to be a used as a wet or dry suit. If you plan to get wet, you may want to consider wet or dry suits.

Rating: I would give this product 4 1/2 out of 5 stars. Taking off a half a point for fit because I felt like it could fit a little tighter and still be comfortable. Highly recommend it!

ACK Customer

Editor’s Note: We are curious, how many of you paddle during the winter months?

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  1. Chris G says:

    I paddle/pedel on the Rogue River (S. Oregon) for Steelhead. Water temp is 40 Deg F and air temp ranges from the high 30′s to high 40′s while on the water. I use a full 3/2 mm wetsuit due to the water movement. I also use neoprene booties. I use a Hobie Outback that I purchased from ACK (San Marcos) a few years ago while living in Cibolo, TX.

  2. Roland says:

    Very cool Chris, glad you are able to put some good gear to use even in less than ideal paddling weather conditions.

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