Originally Posted by tskoe23
I also feel that dry pants pose an extra hazard on the river as well. If you were to go for a swim or get beat down, there is a chance that your drypants could fill with water, weigh you down and drown you. Even on pants that have a latex ankle gasket, I still see this as an issue. In my opinion, owning a drysuit and a drytop is a much better investment. Check out the Kokatat Idol for more versatility if that's what you're after.
I used to think this too, but it's been tested and proven wrong. The water in your pants would have to be heavier than the water in the river for them to "pull you down." I've been taught by very knowledgable rescue instructors that the buoyancy is actually neutral during the swim.
The said, get the dry suit.