You’ve probably read many cag reviews where the user has just recieved a spanking new cag, taken it off down to the water and had the driest/warmest kayaking experience ever!
Therefore I have waited a number of weeks and have paddled for many hours wearing the Immersion Research Full Conditions Cag and yes its been the driest/warmest kayaking experience ever! but seriously here’s what I think;
Construction is pretty good, evidence of this can be seen clearly when you check the inside of the cag out. The taping is a master piece, no skimping here. Nice wide tape well secured!
The cag has a latex neck seal which is not the norm for IR cags, so as you’d expect the latex combined with the neoprene neck provide excellent protection and a good seal. The waist seal is similar to that found on Bomber and Palm Rivertec cags with outer waist being cinched in using large velcro tabs. However the inside of the outer waist tunnel is “shark skin” type material which seals well against the spraydeck.
The inner tunnel is made from very thin neoprene which is very generous in its length thereby improving the seal. What I really like about the cag is the lack of excess material. I hate nothing more than wearing a cag that has huge amounts of spare fabric creating batwings under each arm.
The FC cag is as far as I am concerned a great fit, close but not restrictive in any way – the precurved arms go a long way to aiding this. The elbows are re-enforced with a cordura type material that is thick enough to provide some protection to the arm.