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Old 12-14-2009   #1
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Kokatat GMER vs GFER?

I am a rafter, not a kayaker. Should I wait for GFER to go on sale, or would I be happy enough with GMER? What are the main differences between the two?

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I think the only difference of importance is the skirt flap. Are you sure you won't kayak or even sea kayak? if not gfer is fine and might be a little cheaper.
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NRS has GMER today for 20% off. I was going to wait for REI's 20% off coupon in spring, but if I can pick up a dry suit now, I was going to go for it. Does the skirt flap get in a way at all if you are not using kayak skirt?

I never kayaked, or sea kayaked... but you never know. Good point mania.
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For rafting, get the Supernova Paddling suit. It has booties, relief zipper and a more comfortable neck closure. Yes, I have one and no, water in the neck is not a problem. I wore it for one of Steve C's SWR courses and was in the water a lot.
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Well thanks... now I am more confused

What's the difference between GFER/GMER and Supernova? Is it the fabric? GFER/GMER have socks and relief zippers.
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Breathable Tropos fabric vs. high-end Gore-Tex. And the neck closure. And the cost.
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I primarily raft and have the GMER. the skirt flap does not get in the way. if you are doing a lot of really hard or cold whitewater you probably want the real drysuit with latex neck gasket and not the supernova which has only the neoprene neck gasket (more comfortable but a little water can get in especially if you swim or roll).
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A follow up question, do you get the size according to what clothes you wear, or do I want to get a size larger? If I am medium according to all size charts and Kokatat chart, should I get a medium dry suit or go large?

Sorry, never owned one, so no clue on this....
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Depends on how big you are, I am 5f 11in and 170 lbs and I have the large and love it. you have to consider that when you use a drysuit it is going to be cold so your going to have some layers on.
Go with the kokatat over the NRS, imo NRS gear is not in the same balpark as kokatat stuff.
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