Originally Posted by slamkal
I'd love to get one as it would force me to wanna get out when the weather here is total crap
But since I'm 6'5 and DON'T weight 300 lbs and DO have size 16 feet I'm kinda screwed unless I do custom
I think at this point I'd be happy with a semi drysuit unless someone knows of a suit maker who offers a tall person size for a reasonable price. 6'5 230lbs
I'm 6'3 and 205, size 12 feet, and I fit the Kokatat GMER in size XL, no problem. The waist is a little large, but not so bad that it bothers me. Kokatat would have lengthened the torso and sleeves up to 2" on a Large for me for $125 and a 3 to 4-week wait, and I seriously considered it but needed the suit for a trip. You can call and ask them to lengthen an XL for you.
The Gore-Tex socks are the only thing I'm still undecided as to whether I like them better than ankle gaskets. Otherwise, I love my drysuit completely. My old Kokatat suit had ankle gaskets, and they lasted forever. The attached Gore-Tex socks seem like a potential liability, and a couple of my friends have confirmed they have had to send their suits back to Kokatat to have pinholes patched every season. Dry feet are kind of nice, but the socks bunch up in my creeking shoes and I'm skeptical of how durable they'll be over time. If they go bad, Kokatat said they can retrofit ankle gaskets if I want.
In my opinion, they are worth every penny you pay for them, and if you go cheap, you're liable to be disappointed. My last suit lasted 16 seasons, averaging probably 20-25 days/season in it: early and cold or on early self-support trips (that's where they really rock). Replaced neck and wrist gaskets a few times, sure, and the ankle gaskets only once. When it was time, I turned right around and bought another Kokatat, no problem. If you take care of them, they last a hell of a long time. Oh, and a pee zipper is a lot easier to use than trying to get through/around all that layered up stuff where a drytop and "drypants" mate together. I tried that system, not impressed.
Drysuit: get it, wear it, love it.