Taking the Stand Up Paddleboard out in the depths of winter, isn’t really that much fun, not only is it bloomin freezing, knowing what to wear is also a problem. A wetsuit seems the obvious choice, but they can get ridiculously hot and cause serious chaffing, whereas ordinary clothes can become waterlogged and dangerous should you fall in. Well it now seems cold water SUP enjoyment has turned a corner with the announcement that Starboard Apparel have released the All Star SUP Suit, a purpose made all in one, especially for use in cold climates.
The suit is made from Ultr-Flex Material, a 3 layer laminated membrane that offers plenty of stretch, to allow freedom of movement whether cruising or racing and with the addition of Clima-Core material, the suit is waterproof and breathable and keeps the body at an even temperature whilst paddling. The All Star is fitted with Full Latex seals at the ankles and wrists, with a comfortable neoprene neck cuff and 100% Waterproof Zip.
The All Star is described as a Semi Dry suit, and the cuffs and neck seal will prevent a rush of water flooding the suit, should you end up in the drink. The All Star looks to be quite a slim fit, but provides enough room to allow the wearing of thermals underneath and is equipped with adjustable straps to be tightened and loosened for optimum comfort.
Other key features include Reflective Detailing on the arms and legs, an Easy-Fix Repair Kit (basically an iron on patch) and the waterproof fabric simply needs a shake to remove all water after a paddle session. As yet, we have been unable to confirm pricing for the All Star SUP Suit and it seems it only comes in different shades of blue for men and women.
We would love to hear what you think of the Starboard All Star SUP suit, do you think it will improve the chances of you getting out on the paddleboard through the winter, or do you think the suit won’t be that good in the depths of winter as Starboard have made an error showing the All Star in use without booties and gloves in the video below? We are looking forward to trialling and reviewing the All Star at some stage and will follow up with an in depth review.