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Old 02-14-2009   #1
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Drysuit help...

I know the bottom line for drysuits is to dish out the money and get the kokatat goretex $1000 dollar suit. But on a college budget, I think I can maybe afford a mid range drysuit (which I think is better than none).

Is anyone familiar with the differences between the kokatat T3 fabric versus the NRS TriTon or the NRS eVent? I 've read that the eVent is way more breathable than the TriTon.. but how does the kokatat fabric compare? is Tropos 3 (T3) more durable than NRS eVent or TriTon?

any thoughts on fit of kokatat versus nrs drysuit? any reaso

Thanks for your thoughts,

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Old 02-14-2009   #2
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Yak, Check out the SPRT model at OS Systems. All the bells and whistles for a bit less than the ones you mention. + the very best thing...made in the U.S.

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Old 02-16-2009   #3
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if you buy nrs stuff you are getting it cheap but it is made in china and will not last as long. as far as sizes go. a friend of mine that is about 5 10 got a xl nrs dry suit, it fits him well. I am 5'6 have the kokotat gmer medium it fits me well. just don't go nrs please..... I have my reasons and can give more than being made in china. good luck and hey dont walk through cactus with a dry suit on
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Old 02-17-2009   #4
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Originally Posted by fdon View Post
Yak, Check out the SPRT model at OS Systems. All the bells and whistles for a bit less than the ones you mention. + the very best thing...made in the U.S.
They are the bomb, those folks at OS.

Are kokatat made in china too??
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Old 02-17-2009   #5
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No comment on fabrics. I have a kokatat and it is great. My two cents would be check the gear swap on mountainbuzz. I have seen quite a few drysuits for good deals on the buzz. That might be your best deal for the "college" budget.
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Old 02-17-2009   #6
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You should check out. Bomber Gear They are having a huge spring clearance sale. They have a real slick semi-drysuit system. Check out how it works here.

If you have any questions just contact Bomber...he will hook you up.
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Old 02-17-2009   #7
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Check ebay out, I see em alot, the good ones too.
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Old 02-17-2009   #8
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Unfortunately a big part of the K. cost is Goretex labeling. There are lots of good laminates out there. In the end though, get what seems well made and appears to be actually durable and it should be good for you. I have used a Patagonia Dry Top for I don't know how many years, and it is starting to have issues, but it has been good so far. Let us know what you settle on.

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Old 02-18-2009   #9
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forest.. im looking at getting a dry suit this year. and can't throw out the money for a top o line. so i think the new nrs looks okey. i wouldn't use it everyday. every day you could use your regular gear i would. latex booties are good. i have never had a bad time with the nrs dry tops. they are hella warm and hella dry if you ask me; just need takin care of, hang dry, not kept with your wet gear.
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Old 02-18-2009   #10
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Dude; don't go with NRS. Throwing what little money you have on equipment that is really (REALLY) substandard is economics 101 no-no stuff. The other suggestions posted here are better ways to go. (*I just picked up a Kokatat for over a grand and it hurt but it will serve me better---much better---for years).

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