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Old 06-22-2010   #11
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ExtraSport Xpert Flex Plus Drytop review with Aaron Koch / Kayak Huasteca | Colorado Kayak Supply Blog

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Old 06-23-2010   #12
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The local company in my town, Bomber Gear, makes an awesome top. I think it's just as good or BETTER than the Rogue and seriously a lot less expensive.

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Old 06-23-2010   #13
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I ended up getting the Kokatat Helix. Its not gore tex but i still love it, its bone dry.
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Old 06-23-2010   #14
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Both IR and Bomber Gear are using a 4- Layer Entrant material that has been holding up great, and has a thicker feel to it, than the old 3- layer material that both have used in the past- and both retail for about $100 less than Kokatat. There are a lot of similarities between the Gore-Tex material and the Entrant- but you tend to pay for the name a lot of times because Gore-tex is so expensive to get a hold of.
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Old 06-23-2010   #15
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kayak2the9 is correct. You are paying a lot of extra $$ for the Gore-Tex logo with Kokatat and the fabrics used by other companies are definitely as good in terms of quality (at least in their high end products). The Bomber top I have is totally dry and awesome. The fabric is not Gore-Tex, but I know other people with this top who've had it longer and it is still totally dry for them. Having the Gore-Tex logo is great, but it is not the only awesome fabric out there - just the most well known and publicized.
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Old 06-23-2010   #16
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Another nine months since I first posted to this thread have gone by and the rogue still keeps ticking. I did buy a used Double D drysuit for the winter and after a few uses I gave it away, thing leaked like a sieve. I repeat it was used. But I won't go down that road again. $100.00 savings isn't a savings if it doesn't keep you dry.
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Old 06-28-2010   #17
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Thanks for the info all, I am still looking, and when you all post here, if you could say how long you have had your top and how its holding up, much appreciated. When I do bust a move on a top, I will be willing to pay the big bucks if that's what it takes to get a DRY top that stays DRY after 3-4 + seasons. I also like to support the small guy(relatively speaking) if they have as good a product-IR ,Bomber whoever.

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Old 06-28-2010   #18
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The IR Comp LX is a sweet dry top. I used to paddle in the Kokatat Gore-tex top, but I fell in love with the IR fit and their service. You really can't beat Roger, Kara, or the rest of the gang.

The NRS dry top's tend to lose their ability to remain dry.
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I'm pulling for BomberGear mostly since they're a Colorado company. I use a combination splash top and various neoprene under layers and I love em. Cheap. Having said that I'm going to pickup a BomberGear top and pogies soon. I'd be careful on comparing seasons of use since one person's season may equate to 3 or 4 for another person.
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My NRS Event dry top lasted about 2 months before it started leaking. The fabric wore out and it started gushing water on every roll.

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