Frequently Asked Questions
When choosing your rowing clothes, stay away from loose items. Baggy items can become caught in the boat’s equipment, and you may find that your range of motion is restricted by loose material. Avoid items made with cotton, since these will become heavy as they get wet. Wear a snug T-shirt made of synthetic fibers, such as a spandex top that’s designed for running. Opt for either long or short sleeves, depending on the weather. Add a close-fitting waterproof windbreaker on top to keep you dry and warm. On extra chilly days, wear a fleece sweatshirt or jacket under your windbreaker.
Form-fitting fabric is just as important on your lower half as your top half, since baggy pants can become tangled in your sliding seat as you row. Wear stretchy bike shorts on hot days, or pull on some spandex yoga pants or runner’s leggings for colder days. You might also layer a pair of shorts or fleece pants over your spandex to give your rear end some warmth and padding. Never wear jeans to row, as they won’t allow you to move freely and they’ll get soggy and heavy when wet.