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Old 05-27-2010   #1
Eugene, Oregon
Paddling Since: 2010
Join Date: May 2010
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Dry Top Help

Hey all,

I'm looking at three dry tops and I wanted some help picking one. I'm looking at the Palm Switch, the Kokatat Tropos, or the Kokatat Rogue. I'm brand new to whitewater paddling and I want something that's going to be good enough to learn in/swim in, but also going to last me for a while. I'm out in Oregon so the water's cold but I don't really want to invest in a full dry suit. The other catch is money, as in I'm somewhat short of it. The Switch and Tropos are close enough to the same price that it doesn't matter but the Rogue is almost double what they cost. I know the Rogue is really highly rated on the forums, but is it really worth it (and why)? If not, then what would people recommend between the other two?


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Old 05-27-2010   #2
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Aurora, Colorado
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I have an older Palm drytop that I absolutely love. I've had it for at least six years, maybe more, and it's still dry. I've had to replace the gaskets, but the goretex fabric rocks. However, I don't think they make this one anymore and I don't know anything about the new model. I do recommend Palm in general. I also have their drysuite and love that as well.

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Old 05-27-2010   #3
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I have the Kokatat Tropos Top and bibs. They are both rock solid dry after three seasons. The Tropos transfers temperature more than the others. IE you will likely need an extra layer. It hasn't bothered me, but was a deal breaker for my buddy.
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