Palm Spray Skirts Size Guide

Cockpit Size Chart – Metric

Size Common name Cockpit circumference (cm) Cockpit length (cm) Cockpit width (cm) Examples
R2 Extra small 177 – 192 66 – 75 40 – 44 Dagger Axiom 6.9
R3 Small 192 – 207 75 – 83 44 – 47 Slalom kayaks
R4 Keyhole 207 – 217 83 – 89 47 – 50 Dagger whitewater kayaks
R5 Bigdeck 217 – 227 89 – 95 50 – 53 Dagger Katana; Pyranha, Waka, Zet or Spade whitewater kayaks
R6 Super big 227 – 237 95 – 101 53 – 56 Dagger Axis E

Cockpit Size Chart – Imperial

Size Common name Cockpit circumference (in) Cockpit length (in) Cockpit width (in) Examples
R2 Extra small 70 – 75 26 – 29 16 – 17 Dagger Axiom 6.9
R3 Small 75 – 81 29 – 32 17 – 18 Slalom kayaks
R4 Keyhole 81 – 85 32 – 35 18 – 19 Dagger whitewater kayaks
R5 Bigdeck 85 – 89 35 – 37 19 – 21 Dagger Katana; Pyranha, Waka, Zet or Spade whitewater kayaks
R6 Super big 89 – 93 37 – 40 21 – 22 Dagger Axis E

Waist Size Chart – Metric

Size Waist (cm)
XXS 64 – 72
XS/S 72 – 80
M/L 80 – 96
XL/XXL 96 – 112
adjustable 60 – 127

Waist Size Chart – Imperial

Size Waist (in)
XXS 25 – 28
XS/S 28 – 31
M/L 31 – 38
XL/XXL 38 – 44
adjustable 24 – 50

Getting the Right Fit

  • Circumference: Measure the circumference of your kayak by running a tape measure or piece of string around the cockpit of your kayak under the lip of the cockpit.
  • Length: Measure the length of your cockpit from the longest point of the outside of the cockpit rim from bow to stern.
  • Width: Measure the width of your cockpit from the widest point of the outside of the cockpit rim.
  • Waist: Measure the waist circumference at the smallest part of your waist. Neoprene waist tubes are stretchy, so you might want to choose a smaller size to help keep water out if you are paddling without a jacket, or a slightly larger size if you are wearing lots of thick warm layers.
  • Cockpit sizes: You may want to choose a deck size larger than suggested here, especially if your kayak sits at the upper end of the recommended size. Different kayak brands have different styles of cockpits. Wide short cockpits may fit the same size of spraydeck as a long narrow cockpit. Use the largest dimension to determine which spray skirt to purchase. Or better yet, visit one of our dealers and try before you buy.
  • A tight fit: The easiest spray skirt to put on might not stay on the best or keep the most water out. Which is most important to you?
  • Stretching: A simple shock cord neoprene skirt will stretch more easily and be easier to put on than a reinforced skirt (like the Orbit) that has a rand and panels of KNytex, Gripsil or other protective materials. A neoprene spray skirt can be easier to put on when it's wet, try wetting the neoprene to allow more stretch. If your neoprene spray skirt is hard to put on when you first buy it, get a friend to help you put it over the cockpit of a kayak and leave it for a few days to help with the stretch. Over time, a neoprene spray skirt will stretch with use, becoming easier to put on your cockpit.