What to Wear:
We will provide you with the necessary equipment for your journey down the river. Complimentary gear includes helmets, person flotation devices (PFDs), and paddles. On some of our trips, or on cold days, we will provide complementary wetsuits, splash jackets, and insulated booties. All other clothing and personal items are your responsibility to either bring along or leave in your vehicle / hotel room. All of our top-of-the-line river gear is environmentally friendly, well maintained, and thoroughly cleaned after every use.
Do not wear or bring:
- Cowboy boots, high heels, flip-flops, or anything similar;
- Heavy clothing that will weigh you down in the river, such as sweats or jeans;
- Clothing that impedes your freedom of movement, like leather or formal wear;
- Your own PDF that you use for fishing or jet skiing; or
- Smaller personal items such as jewelry, keys, electronics, and wallets.
What to wear and bring on every trip:
- Shoes that will stay on your feet in swift moving water or while swimming, and are okay to get dirty or wet;
- Swimsuits, fast drying shorts, appropriate river shoes;
- Dry clothes and towels for after the trip; and
Summer’s warm sunny days:
In the summer months, air and water temperatures are more comfortable. Rain does occur occasionally. On these warmer weather days, people like to stay cooler by wearing less. We suggest the following items for warmer weather:
- Shorts (nylon or other quick drying material)
- River shoes that will not fall off in swift water and are okay to get dirty
- T-shirt (to avoid sunburned shoulders)
- Baseball Hat
- Sunglasses with Chums/Croakies or a retainer string
- Sunscreen of at least an SPF 30 rating
- Water to drink
For inclement or unseasonably cool summer weather, we suggest a synthetic layering system that will continue to keep you warm when it gets wet.
Spring, Rainy Days, Cool Days, and Crisp Autumn Breezes:
In the spring and fall, air and water temperatures can often be cool, and rain is a common occurrence. When rafting in cooler weather, avoid wearing cotton clothing, which will only make you colder. Keep yourself warm when wet with synthetics or wool using a layering approach.
We preach layering in synthetic clothing, which gives you the ability to shed or add layers for the conditions as they change, leaving you happier and warmer! When choosing layering synthetics, you should look for clothing (no cotton!) made of things named -lene for your base layer, such as Capilene, polypropylene, etc. Under Armour is probably the most commonly-known example of these -lenes. The base layer is usually comprised of leggings and a torso covering of the -lenes. For colder weather, wear a mid-layer of thicker or additional -lenes over the base layer or a wetsuit made of neoprene or terraprene. Alternatively, a fleece or micro-fleece layer in the form of leggings and torso-upper is a great way to go. The outer or shell layer is a form of water barrier, usually a splash jacket or bring a nylon rain jacket for your shell layer and voila’, warm and happy rafter!
For rafting in colder weather, we strongly recommend:
- Wetsuits, splash jackets, and river shoes (available complimentary at our office); a swimsuit and synthetic layers to wear underneath your wetsuit;
- Synthetic layers to wear under your splash jacket, such as fleece that will continue to keep you warm while wet… NO COTTON.
- A fleece or wool winter hat or beanie… NO COTTON.
- Fleece or wool socks. Once again, NO COTTON.
Note: We are adamant about our customers not wearing cotton on the river when it is cold outside as a matter of safety. Cotton does not wick water from skin and dramatically increases body heat release, leaving you out in the cold without any insulation. Cold rafters are not happy rafters, and we want you to stay warm and have fun!