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Old 12-01-2011   #31
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How about the IR suits. I've heard nothing but good things about it...
I just picked up the IR suit off a really good deal. Just had a hard time justifying the expense of a GMER, despite all my friends telling me their the best. I've also heard a ton of good things about the IR suits and about the IR customer service. So in 4-5 years I should know compared to the GMER and I'll post up about it...kinda' a long wait.

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Old 12-01-2011   #32
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I picked up a bodypod for pretty cheap. Haven't used it yet, but honestly read some mixed reviews. Its my first & the best I could afford. No leaks or hypothermia & I'll be happy.

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Old 12-02-2011   #33
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I just pick up a Bpod, with a neoprene neck gasket. I had a rough day the first time I tried it out and swam twice. Stayed bone dry. I might send the suit back to refit a slightly smaller gasket, cause I worry that my pencil neck might let some water in on an epic swim.
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Old 12-10-2011   #34
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Of course the standard reply is go with the Kokatat (GMER) and you can't go wrong there considering the quality of the construction and the company behind it. There's so many people on here with A LOT of history with it and they're pretty much all good stories. Two of my best friends went that way and I almost did but I wanted something that improved on previous designs and it seems like the biggest complaint on the Kokatat is having a large semi-stiff zipper across your shoulder.

I looked at the IR (my drytop is an X Jacket & it's great as are the IR people). The zipper-across-the-back-of-the-shoulders design solves the paddling comfort issue but as others here have said it's a pain in the ass to get in & out by yourself. (Another friend just grabbed the Palm and likes it but says his wife likes it more because it means he can never paddle alone. )

I was going to go with the IR and then I found the Peak. I like that they are actually looking at the older designs out there and came up with innovative solutions. The enter-through-the-legs design is such a great improvement. Getting in & out of the suit is really easy- kind of like putting on a long drytop. It solves the need for a relief zipper for guys or girls. And I guess, technically, if you really wanted to, you could drop the duece still in the suit but I'm not taking a dump in a $700 drysuit. The other thing I really like about it is that it's based off of their Creek drytop design so it's got built-in pockets at the elbows and just below the back of the neck to add their padding (this is outside the actual drytop surface so a strike to the pad would not affect the seal of the suit).
It's built really well. Incredible quality. They've paid attention to details- silicone gripper printed onto the inside of the neoprene on the tunnel to give better grip on the skirt, the neoprene on the wrists and neck is capped & sewn (unlike the kokatat), the gaskets are really heavy duty & cordura on the shoulders, elbows, knees & butt.

So if you're still trying to decide you should check out the Peak UK. They really deserve a look.

Here's the direct link to the suit on their site:
Peak UK - Kit
I was going to be vague but then I decided to do this other thing.
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Old 12-11-2011   #35
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Own an IR. I am happy with it. Really happy with it. It takes a little practice with the shoulder/back zipper, but I can do it solo. So can you.
Improvement I would suggest. Option for a lower relief zipper. (Female request.) And smaller gaskets, but I have that problem with most drytops/drysuits.
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Old 12-11-2011   #36
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I have a new M Palm for sale if anyone is interested. Relief zipper, booties, etc Send me a pm

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