Thanks for the firsthand report! Very useful info. I almost forgot how much I hate sitting in wet pants (to the point that it becomes unbearable after a few hours) so at least for me, I'm set on dry pants (and eventually a dry suit). I wonder if anyone makes a really light weight drypant you could wear in the summer just to keep your bum dry? lol
I've been looking at the Kokatat Tempest pants with the booties. I'm thinking it would make a near perfect combo for fishing and light WW, and I'll just go to a full drysuit when/if I start doing WW big enough to worry me with the 2 piece setup.
Originally Posted by tomrefried
I have a pair of NRS Black Rock drypants and highly reccomend them, I have a drysuit but if there is little chance of me swimming and if the water is cold and I don't feel like getting wet I'll wear a drypant/drytop or splashtop combo. The ankle gaskets are great for standing in cold water and the neoprene waist leaks very little when combined with my Stholquist drytop when I'm IKing. The waist on the NRS pants stretch quite a bit and never feel too tight even if I've been eating/drinking more than I should. I recently ripped an ankle gasket and I think I may feel some pinhole leaks but I have no complaints they are nine years old. I also have a pair of Patagonia splash pants that I wear when I paddle around the house, even on the warmest days the water around here only gets to 49* (47* in the winter) and is cold dripping on my legs all day. The waist on most splashpants aren't as forgiving as the NRS or even the Patagonia pants, if the waist may be a problem the NRS may be a better choice.
If your going to be standing in cold water for extended periods or running whitewater go for the drypants, If you just want to stay dry and don't mind a little water seeping past the velcro (my Patagonias seal pretty well, it takes more than a quick step in the water to get them to leak) go for the splashpants.