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Review Detail

 
Smooth
Gear
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Performance 
 
4.0
Quality 
 
5.0
Value/Money 
 
3.0

Let me start by saying that I am a geat fan of the cheap Lomo Paddle Jacket. It's just that I seem to have trouble with the latex-gaskets in seawater. This started last autumn and I wanted to get a neoprene fitted jacket for sea paddling. Langer offers XXXL (yes, triple-X) size for the Smooth and Shred jackets, so I went for it. It's VERY comfy, easy to don and I have never had a single drop of water inside. So far the neoprene gaskets are exactly as tight as the latex stuff on my other gear. More so: I am thinking of getting my dry-suit retrofitted with neo-gaskets. It's a lot less hassle in the locker room before and after boating. As a result, I am now using this jacket on rivers as well ...

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About Me
Mid-40s hobby paddler on whitewater (class III) and on the sea (mainly day-trips), about 120 days per year on the water.
Pros / The Good
* easy to put on and to peel off - the neoprene neck and wrist seals are so very, very comfy....
* absolutely watertight - the neo gaskets are as good as the latex ones
* two color schemes: signal orange and navy blue
* wide cut for normal paddlers - suits my beer-tummy
* everything feels "top quality"
Cons / The Bad
- very high price tag (248.- Euro in April 2013)
- the scratch lids that tighten the outer layer around wrist and belly are more than a tad too stiff
- no elbow reinforcement - can't use this jacket in Corsica without buying additional protectors
Recommend
Yes
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