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Old 04-25-2011   #1
Boise, Idaho
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Drysuit apprehension...

I want a drysuit, but don't want to spend an ungodly amount of money for something I won't need from May till October. I have wetsuits and dry tops which are fine, but I did get a little cold the other day. I have been looking closely at Kokatat and Stohlquist, but even at sale prices, I could get several nice Sawyer oars w/blades or build some new frames, which I need way more than a drysuit.

I have been looking at Kokatat's tempest pant which has socks, but it has no skirt tunnel. I have also been looking at whirlpool bibs but the goretex ones are about as much as a good suit. The tropos bibs look ok but unless they're made of the T3 material, they will be thin, not to mention cost way more w/socks and relief zipper added.

Does anyone know of a good pair of pants with waterproof/breathable(non latex) socks that have a skirt I can mate to a dry top? Would kokatat, stohlquist, IR, OS systems,or bomber gear be able to retro fit something for me?


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Old 04-25-2011   #2
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Hi There-
There are a lot of options out there- but if you are looking at neoprene booties, IR offers a Drypant with 2mm neoprene booties on them. The Drypants are easy to get on/off while wearing a drytop if you get yourself in a pickle, yet stay really dry when mated properly. They are constructed out of our 4-layer Entrant material. Immersion Research 2011*|*Dry Pants

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Old 04-25-2011   #3
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Old 04-25-2011   #4
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I think those sold out before my eyes just now. Not sure if they would have been able to be mated with a dry top but they looked pretty good and Sierra Trading Post also has an extra 20 percent off code posted on their website right now. I guess I am still looking at those 150 dollar Kokatat pants unless anyone else has pants with socks that could be securely joined with a jacket.
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Old 04-25-2011   #5
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Also, I did call Kokatat and someone agreed it would be nice if their socked pants included a skirt tunnel. The question has come up a lot so perhaps I should wait a season or two for them to be updated. He did say that they would not retrofit a skirt onto the pants so the search continues...perhaps someone out there would be able to do some custom work on this?
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Old 04-25-2011   #6
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a drysuit in Idaho is nearly as essential as a PFD or helmet or even a boat. It could literally save your life. I understand the need to save money these days, but everything about boating is non-essential. so if you are going to play, play it right and play it safe.
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Old 04-25-2011   #7
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I second mania. Drysuits are essential for safety in case of a bad swim in cold water. Plus they are comfy all the time. Get a drysuit!
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Old 04-25-2011   #8
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Yeah you saved $600 on your tubes on ocelot vs WD. Where'z zee monee Lebowski???
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A drysuit is everything you ever could dream it to be. I agree with everyone, you'll never regret purchasing a drysuit.
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Old 04-25-2011   #10
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I would like to stay away from the thin tropos material if I go with Kokatat, but the T3 stuff looks pretty legit. NRS has a kokatat T3 suit on sale in the 400s...good deal or do I spend twice as much? I think there is a place in town with Stohlquists on sale for around the same price...

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