What to do?
Great posts, I'm thinking about a dry suit but don't know what I should do.
I'm taking a SRR course the beginning of may and need a dry suit or wet suit to participate. I can rent a wet suit and boots in town for ~$70 (clearly the cheapest option).
If I were to buy something that qualified I may as well do so before the course and avoid the rental fee, but I'm not sure if anything short of a full dry suit would qualify. I can get my hands on a new NRS Mission dry suit for about half what a kokatat goretex expedition costs. Although I could get a kokatat lightweight paddling suit for somewhere in the middle - but would that qualify as a dry suit and would that be superior to an NRS Mission dry suit?
Also does anyone know about other brands - I find BARE watersports dry suits priced similar to NRS, cheap no discernable brand "watersports dry suits" from china that look OK on the ebay link for even cheaper, and a host of scuba type dry suits (typhoon, etc.) listed as well.
Currently I raft but would love to kayak and while the places I love to raft are shorts only warm in the summer, the flows are high enough to go now if I wouldn't freeze... But then again who would I get to come rafting with me in February
Advice greatly appreciated!!