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Old 12-02-2010   #1
Carbondale, Colorado
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Dry pants or dry bibs

Looking for one of these options for the wife for Xmas - she's the kayaker, not me. She has a dry top, splash pants. I want to get her dry pants or the Kokatak dry bibs. (I know that a dry suit is the best option, but cost prohibitive). Anyone have any experience with the Kokatat bibs paired with a dry top? Also, we both have really good goretex waders that of course have the neoprene booties attached...has anyone tried to pair a dry top with a goretex wader with any success? Can you stay dry in a swim? Thanks for the feedback.

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Old 12-02-2010   #2
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I chose the bibs because I still get wet with the dry pants. The bibs are great and I stay dry. The biggest issue is that there is no relief zipper. If you can get bibs with a relief zipper and booties it would be the best second only to a drysuit ofc.

EDIT: I should say it also is sort of a pain to roll the top and bottom together and you won't stay dry if you don't mate them correctly.
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Old 12-02-2010   #3
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I have the Kokatat Bibs and love them. I don't find it hard to mate them with my drytop also a Kokatat.

The Tropos don't insulate as well as the Gortex, so if you get those make sure you still have layers. In the spring I have a custom made micro-fleece bunny suit, in the summer I have polypro pants.

You can get the Tropos bibs and send them in to Kokatat, they will put in the relief zipper for another $100 or so, or get the Gortex bibs and be done with it.

Tropos - Kokatat Watersports Wear - Women's TROPOS Whirlpool Bib

Gor-tex - Kokatat Watersports Wear - Women's GORE-TEX® Whirlpool Bib

On the waders... without seeing them I'd be very careful. The last thing you would want is to have her swim and have the waders fill with water and sink her. This is why you won't see dry pants with booties.
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Old 12-03-2010   #4
Carbondale, Colorado
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Thanks for the feedback - went with the whirlpool bibs. Glad to hear good results.
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Old 12-04-2010   #5
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Good choice, I have the Whirlpool Bibs as well. The only complaint I have is with the ankle gaskets. They are a major pain to put on, and during the winter I couldn't wear thick booties so my feet were freezing. I decided to order some latex socks from NRS (NRS Latex Drysocks) along with some Aquaseal, but I haven't installed them yet. Kokatat can also do this for a fee.
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Old 12-05-2010   #6
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I'm interested in hearing how the bootie install goes - keep us posted.
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