Yes, I was more than a little embarrassed to even admit to considering fashion with respect to my kayaking attire, but that thing is more than construction cone orange, it's nuclear fallout radiated construction cone orange. I do acknowledge Campbell's point about it doing double duty.
Anyway, I'm much relieved that it can be ordered in any color. What the concern about the plastic zipper - that it's not as durable as the metal one? Guess I'll put my faith in Kokatat's bomber warranty policy.
In terms of it letting in water, yes obviously it's not that big of a deal, but some of us are anal. A gallon of water is like 8 1/2 pounds or something, right? And I hate the feeling of water sloshing around my feet. It's a personal problem.
To answer the question above, lots of people have theorized that the zipper creates a gap in the skirt that allows water to come in when you're being frequently submerged. Yes, there's a tunnel on GMER suits, but if you're constantly going deep through holes, you're going to get water pressure trying to push water through the tunnel. As I said, I became convinced that it was very significant after doing back to back to runs, one with a drysuit and one with a drytop and watching gallons of water pour out of my boat from the drysuit run and almost nothing after the drytop run.
Yeah Paul, the Nomad is exactly why I have to minimize all other boat leakage, else I might just sink.