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Old 09-17-2012   #1
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Stohlquist neoprene necks

Has anyone tried one of those new Stohlquist neoprene necked dry suits? Thinking about getting one and just wanted to know if any one has been out of a boat in whitewater with one and stayed dry. Heard you have to have a big neck for one, which shouldn't be a problem for me. Awful sick of laytex neck gasket repairs on extended trips.

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Old 09-17-2012   #2
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I have a stohlquist shorty with the neoprene gaskets, and on my neck it's definitely not as dry as a latex gasket. My wife described it as being about as dry as a worn-out latex gasket on her top. However, it is definitely the most comfortable top I have ever worn. And obviously, as you said, it'll be much more durable than a latex gasket.

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Old 09-17-2012   #3
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My Stohlquist drytop has the neoprene neck. Seemed a bit constrictive at first, but broke in nicely. Very comfortable and stays dry while swimming. I have a medium sized neck and had to trim the gasket to fit more comfortably cuz it choked the crap out of me.
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Disregard my comment. I misread and didn't know you were talking about the gasket. Thought you meant closure.
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Old 09-17-2012   #5
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I have a B-Pod with the neoprene neck gasket. I have swam in rapids more times than I care to admit and have stayed dry each time. I found it very comfortable. My feet get mildly damp though... think I'm going to send it in this winter.
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Old 09-19-2012   #6
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I have the Kokatat Supernova which has a neoprene neck gasket. I have dunked myself in a few hot springs and have been hit by waves a bunch. The collar of my shirt does get damp. But, I think it's a decent trade for not having to wear the latex!
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Old 09-19-2012   #7
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I had the B-Pod for a season or 2. It was comfy but I called it a semi drysuit. Playboating sucked in the spring as well as taking big hits river running as I could feel the cold water running in. After spending 5 days at Lochsa having to put on a wet dry suit every day I sold it and bought a Kokatat GMER and haven't looked back.

I do think its perfect for rafting and catarafting. If you are kayaking go with latex.
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I used a Stohlquist top with a neoprene neck gasket for a couple years as well as IR tops and Nookie tops - for kayaking they are not as dry as a latex neck gasket - but very comfortable. The neoprene neck gasket seems to leak a when you are straining/flexing your neck muscles (ie rolling) and when hitting waves head on (esp if you duck - a blast runs right down the back of your neck.

The downside to the Stohlquist neck is it's shorter than the IR neck gasket. I found it leaked more than the IR gasket. The surface of the Stohlquist neck gasket also seemed to wear down (show more abuse) than the IR gasket.

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