Hey, not sure if they still have any left, but I just got a Kokatat GMER from Outdoorplay for a GREAT price. I am 6'3" 190lbs, size 12 feet. The XL fits me really well in the shoulders, legs, and feet. There is a little bit of extra fabric around the waist, but I had tried the Large and it was tight in the crotch and short in the arms and tight in the shoulders. I saved almost $350 at Outdoorplay. Had been chatting with Kokatat about a custom-lengthened Large, and it was going to run ~$1,200. Got the XL for like $675 new, '07 model. You'd have to check their website. I got mine and my gal's new one in 3 days. If you're a kayaker, you definitely want the GMER, not the GFER. No sprayskirt tunnel on the GFER. One thing about the NRS suits: I tried several on, and the damn entry zipper runs over the bicep of your right arm instead of up over the shoulder. Really bugged me when I simulated paddling in it. The Kokatat is definitely better designed and seems a lot more comfy. The GoreTex socks were plenty big on both the L and XL for my 12 feet, and they slipped in to my Patagonia Playboots reasonably well. Have never had the GoreTex socks before. I have an old Kokatat non-GoreTex with no peezip that I've worn for at least 16 seasons, so the price averages out pretty good if you're gonna get that much use out of it. Of course, I probably only wore it maybe 15-25 early paddling days each year, but it was a godsend every one of those days.
I bought two pairs of the Patagonia playboots at SierraTradingPost.com when Patagonia was closing them out. Had another pair that lasted 5 seasons (with some minor repairs) of trips to CA, trips down the box, lots of scouting and hiking and portaging. Still think it might have been the best river shoe ever made, although some people had theirs wear out faster than mine did. Not sure if you can still find them anywhere, but think they are worth a look.
Good luck on the dry bags. I have another post going about that issue right now, and most people are recommending the Watershed Futas. Heavy bastards, but people say they stay dry in the shit. Guess it's a tradeoff. My Bruneau Bags from CKS (no longer made) were the bomb. Light, dry, easy to pack and see what you were packing. If you find something better than the Futa's I'd be interested in hearing about them. Hope this helps.
Originally Posted by yourrealdad
So I need to get some gear and I was wondering if you all would lend me your expertise.
Drysuit-godamn expensive. Looking at the IR DD and the Kokatat GFER. My only concern is that since these come with booties that my feet won't fit (size 12). Any experience with either pros cons. The NRS extreme is also a choice just cause it is cheap, which makes me worried that it is CHEAP.
River shoes-something that I can hike in and be comfortable in. Do they even exist or do I just wear my play booties and pack a pair of shoes in my boat.
P.S. Right now on ebay there is a size 9 pair of Nike ACG Toketees for bid. Get them now.
Dry float bags-anyone?