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Old 02-16-2016   #1
 
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dry top and pants vs dry suit

I was looking at the devils club dry suit selling for $975 otherwise you can get the devils club dry top and pants for $578 the top for $389 the pants for $189
https://www.immersionresearch.com/st...club-dry-suit/

So can someone give me the $397 worth of reasons not to buy the two pieces over the one suit?

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Or I guess I could save some cash and get the arch rival dry top jet set for only $202.30

https://www.immersionresearch.com/st...t_size=xxlarge


What would you do ?
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A suit is much warmer and drier. I also feel that dry pants pose an extra hazard on the river as well. If you were to go for a swim or get beat down, there is a chance that your drypants could fill with water, weigh you down and drown you. Even on pants that have a latex ankle gasket, I still see this as an issue. In my opinion, owning a drysuit and a drytop is a much better investment. Check out the Kokatat Idol for more versatility if that's what you're after.
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DRYSUIT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! dont bother with a combo
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Check out shakoo dry suits on eBay 400$ to your door my buddy has one for 3 seasons and it is still solid. He has an xl if that is your size for 300$ he is a medium now
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I also feel that dry pants pose an extra hazard on the river as well. If you were to go for a swim or get beat down, there is a chance that your drypants could fill with water, weigh you down and drown you. Even on pants that have a latex ankle gasket, I still see this as an issue. In my opinion, owning a drysuit and a drytop is a much better investment. Check out the Kokatat Idol for more versatility if that's what you're after.
I used to think this too, but it's been tested and proven wrong. The water in your pants would have to be heavier than the water in the river for them to "pull you down." I've been taught by very knowledgable rescue instructors that the buoyancy is actually neutral during the swim.

The said, get the dry suit.
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A dry suite is much dryer then the 2 piece method, inevitably water creeps in through where you roll the dry top and pants together.
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At least check out the kayak accessory classifieds on the buzz, several dry suites for sale.
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Problem solved:

https://kokatat.com/product/gore-tex...nology-dsugids

Sarcasm aside I have had several first hand reviews that it works. Will be on my list when I look for replacement, could be best of both worlds.
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I got an Idol last season. Solid, dry, and warm.
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