Advice on Grade3 ww without a spray deck

Hi guys,

I’m keen to move up to grade3, but have been given a recommendation by an experienced friend that a spraydeck is necessary for grade3 rivers like Kaituna, Motu, Upper Rangitikei, etc. I simply can’t afford the upgrade, and shipping.

What’s everyone’s view on that?

I’m prepared/expecting to get wet and bogged down, but my experience in gr2 has just been to suck it up until an eddy a bail out. I guess gr3 would likely have less options for that on longer sequences of rapids.

Is it a no-no? Or is a spraydeck just a nice-to-have?

Cheers for any advice!