DGF, neither you nor Magooch have indicated why you choose not to wear sprayskirts. Too hot? Too cold? Fear of entrapment? If nothing else, they work great to keep the greenheads and mosquitos and paddle drip out, and provide extra warmth on cold, windy days on the water. And they sure do work to keep unwanted water out when punching into serious chop, or breaking out thru surf, or when a big beam sea dumps all over you--all things that happen on water of any degree of salinity. I know I'd have to seriously curtail my paddling if I had no sprayskirt.