Alex, I've been very happy with my dry top(s) and bottoms which allow for a lot of options. Dry pants w/ long sleeve, short sleeve, paddle jacket, or nothing - you get the idea. However I can relate to laura's comment about not wanting another a waist (waste) gasket to worry about. I guess it's all about where, when and how often you'll use the gear. I would like not having to worry about leakage thru the waist, but also like the flexibilty the top/bottom combo provides. I use the bottoms by themselves alot when fishing/wading in creeks and lakes. And when paired with the right top don't leak very much at all in a swim.