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Old 07-20-2016   #11
 
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I would recommend you buy the best Kokatat suit you can afford.
I agree with this statement. That being said, I have a friend that has a four year old Mythic drysuit and while it shows its wear he has definitely got his money's worth out of it.

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I prefer the Kokatat Icon to the GMER. The rear zip makes a huge difference for range of motion and it lets less water into the boat. The only downside is I can't get it on or off by myself.
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I prefer the Kokatat Icon to the GMER. The rear zip makes a huge difference for range of motion and it lets less water into the boat. The only downside is I can't get it on or off by myself.
How does the rear zip let less water in the boat? Don't they both meet the skirt at the tunnel? My GMER stays completely dry. The only water that comes in my boat is from the cockpit rim where the skirt meets the plastic...
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and then there is the
GORE-TEX® IDOL DRY SUIT WITH SWITCHZIP
completely separable at the waist.
In limited use so far (in a packrat) it is totally dry, comfortable, easy with practice to put on, and you can take off the top and fish using the bottom as waders.
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Old 07-21-2016   #16
 
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The zipper around the waist is the best. You can put it on without assistance. On the Middle Fork Salmon, The first couple days, I used the drysuit. The last few days, I used the drytop by itself.
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Old 07-22-2016   #17
 
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Immersion Research 7 Figure

Kokatat makes great gear as echoed a number of times here. That said, after lots of miles and homework I wear the Immersion Research 7Figure suit.
You can read the specs and the differences for yourself.

https://www.immersionresearch.com/st...gure-dry-suit/

I paddle 6 days a week and roughly 6 hours a day on the Roaring Fork, Colorado and Arkansas Rivers in Colorado from Mid May (40 degrees) to Mid Aug. 90 degree days. When I hit the take out I need to "turn and burn" without the wet clothes and fungus that goes with being wet that much. Cool on Hot days, Warm on cold ones. I wash it once every 2 weeks. It has been absolutely amazing suit for Dry, Comfort, Warmth, Durability. Highly recommend
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Kokatat makes great gear as echoed a number of times here. That said, after lots of miles and homework I wear the Immersion Research 7Figure suit.
You can read the specs and the differences for yourself.

https://www.immersionresearch.com/st...gure-dry-suit/

I paddle 6 days a week and roughly 6 hours a day on the Roaring Fork, Colorado and Arkansas Rivers in Colorado from Mid May (40 degrees) to Mid Aug. 90 degree days. When I hit the take out I need to "turn and burn" without the wet clothes and fungus that goes with being wet that much. Cool on Hot days, Warm on cold ones. I wash it once every 2 weeks. It has been absolutely amazing suit for Dry, Comfort, Warmth, Durability. Highly recommend

Awesome if it works for you, but I would have a hard time paying $975 for something constructed out of microfiber polyester and treated with DWR over GoreTex for only one or two hundred more...
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I think you will find that you get what you pay for. If you are pre disposed to certain fabrics then that "Is what it Is". I'm not selling; you asked. Just trying to help a fellow boater out.

I find the Rear Zipper to be superior.

To address your OP, I think that you will find that Immersion Research has done their homework on each of their products. They "Ground and Pound" their gear back east and in the PNW. This one is no exception.

I normally don't even chime in on this stuff but I thought to try to save you headaches, stinky, leaky drysuits and $$ down the road. All I can do is make a suggestion. After that it your decision

Best to you in your quest. Happy Boating !
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I appreciate you contributing to the conservation, and don't take my words the wrong way. I am skeptical, but have an open mind. My words are based on personal experience, but that doesn't mean my experience trumps someone else's. It's great to get as many quality viable options out there as possible. Hopefully we will have less people paddling in leaky, cold dry suits.
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