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Old 09-16-2013   #1
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Winter water wear

So with the air temp dropping and looking to extend my paddling season I have been looking into dry tops, specifically the kokotat hydrus 3L stoke drytop. If I combine that with the hydrus 3L dry bottoms with socks if I had to swim would I still get terribly soaked? Just trying to avoid the 1300$ full dry suit as well as give myself a wider variety for different weather. Thanks!

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Old 09-16-2013   #2
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What I did was a bomber gear dry top with the Kokatat dry bib. When/if I swim I don't get a drop of water on me. Also, you could attach socks if you want to. I got the Kokatat tropos dry bib. They are the older model but you could find them on ebay for around $150 brand new. It is much cheaper and equally as good!

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Old 09-16-2013   #3
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I personally didn't have the money to go for the full drysuit either, so I use my drytop paired with kokatat hydrus bibs. For any test swims I have done so far I have been completely dry and happy. I'd say go for the drysuit if you can because it is 100% dry and easier to put on, but in my opinion the bibs are a good alternative.
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Old 09-16-2013   #4
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Thanks, glad to hear I'm not the only one avoiding the dry suit cost haha. Good to hear that you can still keep dry with that set up, I would defiantly do a pool test fist of corse.if I had the extra money laying around I'd rather get a dagger jitsu haha
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Old 09-17-2013   #5
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I have the bibs as well and yes you stay dry. The down side is that most bibs do not have a relief zipper.
This actually limits the amount I wear them. As taking off the pfd, skirt and dry top just to relieve myself is a true hassle.
I do plan on sending them in to kokatat to have a zipper installed.
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