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Old 08-31-2005   #1
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The Driest Semi-Dry Top?

I'm looking for the driest semi-dry top out there. I want something with a double tunnel waist. I could probably handle latex gaskets on the wrists, but I've got a wide neck and can't stand the latex neck gaskets! I have heard the Mountain Surf Freestyle is a good jacket in this realm. Do any of you have some advice for me as far as other jackets I should check out.



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Old 08-31-2005   #2
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I love my IR Comp jacket. It has wrist gaskets but just a sticky rubber neck gasket. It's almost as dry as my old Goretex Stolquist ($425) jacket. The IR Comp LX jacket is the same but has neck gaskets - just to help you avoid any confusion.

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Bro, you know you can trim the latex gaskets down to fit your neck size, right? When you look at the gasket and see concentric rings...they get bigger the lower you go. Just trim to comfort. And then stretch it over a coffee don't have to be that uncomfortable and you can still be dry. The neo neck gasket on my ir comp shorty is great...but still not dry. If you plan on winter paddling...latex is the only way.

That said, the ir competition long sleeve has latex wrist gaskets and a neo neck. I'll bet that's almost dry...but only almost.
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