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Old 05-08-2012   #11
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My wife has had both styles and she loves the drop seat. She tells me its never in the way in her kayak.

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Old 05-08-2012   #12
FoCo,NoCo, Colorado
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My opinion.
3rd drysuit and innumerable drytops.
Buy the best you can.
I prefer the front pee zipper. Much easier to operate. I use a pstyle pee device. Butt zipper... too much zipper and gets in the way. Kokotat will install lower pee zip for women.
I prefer entrance zipper across the back of the shoulders. Across my chest is uncomfortable for me.
Go custom if necessary. No reason to get a drysuit if you don't get the feet.

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Old 05-08-2012   #13
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If you are just getting it for the Grand - I don't think you'll need it. I sat up front without a dry suit and was OK. If you are rowing, you'll be plenty warm. Just get a good splash jacket and a Farmer Jane. Dry suits are a pain. I went in March, too.
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Old 05-08-2012   #14
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Thanks for all the replies! I am still a little unsure of what to do however I've got some good positives and negatives to think about. The thought of wearing neoprene for 21 days however does not sound appealing. I hate putting that stuff on! BUT it is much cheaper and easier to use the bathroom. I want to wear something.... I realize I might have great weather but I also might have cold weather and I would much rather plan for the worst. I am also thinking a dry suit might some in handy on some of the side hikes with water or if I get some rain... I am willing to pay for the best gortex suit and get custom if needed. To me its an investment that I can use again, albeit not very often.

Thanks again for all your input. I think it comes down to a personal preferance - just need to weigh the pros and cons. And I have some time to think about it.... only 8 months !

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Old 05-08-2012   #15
FoCo,NoCo, Colorado
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It is very unlikely you will wear your drysuit on a hike.
The Colorado is very cold. If the weather turns cold you will really wish you had a drysuit. It is the luck of the draw. I have been on warm March trips and very cold April trips. And if you flip or swim a drysuit is really nice.
Unless you pee in your wetsuit, a wetsuit is more difficult to remove to pee than a drysuit is to unzip.
Drysuits are much more comfortable than a wetsuit unless you are surfing in the ocean.
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Old 07-02-2012   #16
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I had been reading this thread as I was contemplating the purchase of a new drysuit. The one from 1997 just didn't fit anymore, it wasn't goretex, had no relief zipper of any kind, and had no feet. I bought Kokotat GFED which I wore every day last week in Idaho. I tested it's water proofness, and I love it. The squatting peeing thing with the drop seat isn't as easy as one might think, but totally doable. The zipper operation (drop seat and entry) took some reaching but I didn't need help. As a rafter I can't comment on the drop seat zipper comfort in a kayak, but I hardly noticed it at all untill I wanted to open it.

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