Here's the sitch:
A,B,C, and Lodore the last week of March. I want a drysuit, but mostly so I can dry off one article each day and have easy-to-get-into splash gear for potentially cold/wet weather. Desolation the first week of April. Same deal. Colorado late May-early June, hopefully working where I can help train some rookie pukes and maybe swim a little bit. Maybe a few times on personal paddle raft trips too.
Except for an occasional swim, I'm thinking that my drysuit will mostly function as high quality, one-piece splash gear. I want to stay pretty dry if I swim or surf a ducky once in a while too though.
Do I need a 900 f'ing dollar Gore Tex drysuit? Does anyone have experience with the Kokotat Tropos suits, Semi-dry suits, or other cheap suits? I have an NRS semi-dry top that I think lost its thunder early on. I'm hesitant to buy their clothing again - especially with something that needs to last. I get pro prices and I want to spend $300 or less. If the cheaper suits suck and I'd be stupid to get one, please tell me.
This of course includes your used, Men's size medium, drysuit - provided it doesn't have cigarette burns or smell like urine. Need Christmas money? Cash for your fix or a "lady of the evening?" It's winter. Time to sell...