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Old 10-21-2008   #1
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Drysuits: IR vs. Kokatat

I am finally going to get myself a drysuit. I am doing a winter Grand trip, and would like to have one for other trips... I seem to like winter private boating.

I am looking at the Kokatat GORE-TEX, or the IR dry suit. Anyone have experience with either? The main thing I don't like about the IR, is the behind the head zipper. But the Kokatat is more expensive. Is it worth it?


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Old 10-21-2008   #2
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I have the Kokotat Goretex with relief zip and socks...way worth all the dough. I never feel damp or clammy in it. Highly recommended. I don't know anything about IR suits.

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Old 10-21-2008   #3
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Kokatat is awesome. I purchased one this year and love it. So dry. And the material is bomber. I have nothing but good things to say about their gear.

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Old 10-21-2008   #4
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I just got the IR suit and I like it. I can get it on an zipped up in under 2 mins even with the zipper behind me. That's not a problem at all. I love that the zipper doesn't rub against me when I'm paddling and it stays out of the way because it's in the back. I think it's a really good design.

I've never worn another drysuit so I don't know if it's normal or not but My feet do get a little clammy inside the suit, not perfect maybe but not a significant problem.

I like it alot. Just been paddling out east this weekend in sub 40 degrees and I was warm just wearing that and an IR union suit.
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Old 10-21-2008   #5
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IR is a very good low cost option. 400-500 cheaper and the customer service is awesome. nothing against kokatat, just alittle pricey.
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Old 10-21-2008   #6
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I have the Kokotat Goretex with relief zip and socks...way worth all the dough. I never feel damp or clammy in it. Highly recommended. I don't know anything about IR suits.
thats the one I got this past spring, yah pricey but its gor-tex, gor-tex is the best thing on the planet
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Old 10-21-2008   #7
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this is slightly OT, but how come in all these years no one has been able to match GoreTex? Now that GoreText has XCR and pro is the original GoreTex still better than everything else on the market? To bring it all back what version of GoreText is Kokatat using on their drysuits?
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Old 10-21-2008   #8
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A lot of materials are as good as gore-tex and cost quite a bit less.
The entrant that IR uses is one.
I was going to be vague but then I decided to do this other thing.
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Old 10-21-2008   #9
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IR is affordable and "good". Kokotat is expensive and "the best". I have no ill will with IR and feel they are fantastic for all kinds of stuff. That being said, the Kokotat dry suit is just simply superior, and talk about customer service... it's very much top notch.
Here is my only complaint about my kokotat dry suit and it's hard to articulate without showing you... That front diagonal zipper goes down below the skirt tunnel. Water easily drips down that diagonal zipper down into your boat. You don't get wet, but your boat will get more water in it then usual. Kind of a bummer when you are used to a super dry boat. Small issue when you are talking about being dry on the Grand for 2 weeks. Get it... you will be super stoked.
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I got a goretex Kokatat drysuit. Its the most damn comfortable thing to paddle in, in the kayaking in a sleeping bag. I can't even believe I have allowed my nuts to freeze off every cold day for the past how ever many years. It's worth it.

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