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The Differences between Immersion Research's Spray Skirts

    Basic Bungee Skirts

    Ideal for use flatwater, ocean and class 2-4 whitewater

    The Shockwave and J-lo skirts use a low tension bungee to make these skirts easy to put on a boat. Basic bungees offer a great balance of value and performance for beginner-intermediate paddlers.

    Basic Bungee Style Sprayskirt

    Cockpit rim with cutaway showing a basic bungee style sealBasic Bungee Sprayskirt Seal

    Advanced bungee spray skirts

    Ideal for use in class 3 to 5- whitewater, rock gardening, and touring

    The Klingon and Klingon Empire skirts use a high tension bungee, hard wearing materials, and a neoprene flange that extends past the bungee to make these skirts extremely dry and long lasting. Advanced bungees are the driest of any IR skirts and are great for intermediate-expert paddlers.

    Advanced Bungee Style Sprayskirt

    Cockpit rim with cutaway showing an advanced bungee style sealAdvanced Bungee Seal

    Rand style spray skirts

    Ideal for use in class 5 whitewater

    The Lucky Charm and Royale skirts use a rubber rand instead of a bungee to form the most implosion resistant seal. IR Rand skirts use the same hard wearing materials and flange technology as our advanced bungee skirts. Rand skirts are difficult to put on and aren’t as dry as an advanced bungee but offer unsurpassed implosion resistance. Rand skirts are ideal for expert paddlers who regularly run 30ft+ waterfalls, primarily paddle big water class V, and value implosion resistance over dryness.

    Rand Style Sprayskirt

    Cockpit rim with cutaway showing a rand style sprayskirtRand Style Seal

    Cockpit Size

    The most accurate measurement for skirt fit is the circumference of your rim taken around the outside edge of your cockpit rim. Use our skirt fit tool to help determine the proper size for your boat. If your boat is not listed, you can measure it with a fabric measuring tape. If you don’t have a fabric tape, use a piece of string, mark it, and then measure the string. If you’re feeling helpful, submit the measurement to It’s a great website that’s helping all skirt manufacturers.

    Cockpit Size
    Medium Cockpit
    Large Cockpit
    XLarge Cockpit
    XXLarge Cockpit

    More Tips:

    • If your rim is in-between sizes, tighter will be drier, but harder to put on. If you are running class IV whitewater, we typically recommend tighter.
    • If you paddle a Pyranha Burn 1, Burn 2 or Everest, we recommend a rand skirt.
    • Skirt fit can be a process of trial and error. Have patience- we will too. Feel to call us with any questions at 814-395-9191.
    • For rims bigger than 100″ see this article

    Waist Size

    Just use your pants size:

    Tunnel Size
    Unisex Waist
    J-Lo Skirt


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