Coasteering Kit & Equipment
Coasteering prices include the use of our kit; a wetsuit, helmet, buoyancy aid, wetsuit gloves, socks and hoods. A number of frequent visitors are keen to buy their own kit, seeking our advice about pricing and what’s suitable. Here’s a guide to the Coasteering kit we supply for our adventure activities and some affordable recommendations.
A wetsuit is vital for coasteering in the UK, even when its hot summer weather. A full wetsuit will protect you from the rocks. Also, you never know how lng you might spend out there in an emergency.
CSkins Coasteer 5/4mm Winter Steamer Wetsuit
C-Skins Surf School / Adventure range has been designed specifically to cope with the highly demanding environment found in the Surf School, Coasteering and Adventure markets. We highly recommend the Legend a great retail alternative : 'The name says it all... The continually evolving Legend just gets better and better. Ultra Stretch Xtend neoprene through the upper body give great stretch and freedom while paddling, and the Anti-Freeze chest lining keeps you warmer than any other wetsuit available at this price level.'
Osprey Men's Full Length 5mm wetsuit - suitable for coasteering: Amazon
A buoyancy aid is vital in rough water, also helps to stop you going very deep on higher jumps. Even the strongest swimmers can take in a gulp of water and struggle in the calmest of waters.
PALM Easy Classic Buoyancy Aid
The Easy Classic is easily doned and taken off due to the front zip access. It also incorporates a tough 550 denier cordura shell that ensures longevity of life. When the buoyancy aid is in place there are adjustable shoulders to reduce any chest space. There is also an adjustable waist strap, that due to the 3 dimensional cut of the buoyancy aid will stay in contact with the waist to make sure that it does not rise up when in use. There is then also a 40mm chestbelt that will help to take in the last bit of space to make sure that the consumer is wearing a snug close fitting PFD.
Legacy Vortex 50N - A great value buoyancy aid for coasteering: Amazon
We wear helmets for protection against falling debris. Exploring the base of cliffs has the not so obvious risk of falling rocks, especially on windy days. They are also vital when playing in rough water.
Palm AP2000 Watersports Helmet
The Palm AP2000 watersports helmet is ideal for sports such as canoeing and kayaking. It is also perfect for the developing sport of coasteering.
Palm Equipment have developed the AP2000 canoeing helmet to be ideal for the entry level kayaker, it is also perfect for use in outdoor centres and youth groups. The basic features of the AP2000 are… Its easy to adjust, Its tough and hardwearing, It represents very good value for money, but most importantly it offers lots of protection.
Gul Evo Watersports Helmet for coasteering: Amazon
Worn inside old trainers. A gamechanger for comfort. Not only do they keey you feet oasy and warm but they also protect your ankle bone from rocks and barnacles scrapes.Alder Impact Wetsuit Socks
Alder Impact Wetsuit Socks are great warm wetsuit socks that can be worn inside trainers/boots to keep feet warm (and protect your ankle bones from scrapes and bumps.
3mm Neoprene Socks for coasteering : Amazon
Another comfort item, again toasty warm and provide protection against rock and barnacle scrapes. However they will wear out pretty quickly if worn regularly!Alder Edge Wetsuit Gloves
The Alder Edge Wetsuit Gloves are strong double lined to keep your hands warm and protect from sharp barnacles & rocks.
- 3mm Glued & Blindstitched neoprene
- Double lined throughout
- Super grippy palms
Another comfort item, worn under the helmet comfort and warmth. We wear them yearound!
Alder Stealth Neoprene Wetsuit Hat
Wearing a wetsuit hood/hat makes a huge difference to heat loss while coasteering. Especially if you plan to spend a lot of time in rough water…no more ice-cream head!
- Super stretchy double-lined neoprene
- Perforated ear patches to help balance and hearing
- Glued and blindstitched to keep water out
We've tried and tested allsorts of footwear over the years. A pair of trainers/sneakers are just the job! They fit snuggly on your book and protect your sole with a bit of grip.
An old pair of trainers
Old trainers are ideal for coasteering as they are usually snug fitting – won’t fall off in the water. Have a robust sole, this will stop you bashing your toes on rocks and ensure comfort walking over gravel or sharp uneven ground. A running style shoe is preferable to daps, as they have more tread, which can mean more grip on the barnacle covered rocks.
Trail running shoes can be inexpensive: Amazon
While our Guides footwear of choice used to be the Five Ten Canyoneer II. They are no longer available.
Adidas Terrex Hydro Boot
Adidas now own Five Ten and have developed the Terrex Hydro
Like the original canyoneers, they’ve got the lot..comfort..ankle support..easy adjustment..super grippy sole (makes you feel like spiderman out there!)..tough..
..our verdict = AWESOME!!
Adidas Terrex Hydro available on Amazon
We highly recommend wearing a pair of shorts over your wetsuit. They will protect the seat of your wetsuit from snags and tears.
Neoprene wetsuit shorts
Not only will these protect your wetsuit, they will also add a layer of neoprene keeping you a little warmer and give additional cushioning to you backside!
Gul 2mm neoprene shorts are ideal for coasteering: Amazon