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Old 03-15-2018   #1
Steamboat Springs, Colorado
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Most Comfortable Women's Drysuit

Hey I'm helping my lady shop for a dry suit. I have a kokatat Icon and love it. She is concerned that the zipper across the but would be uncomfortable while sitting i.e. in a kayak/packraft or even on a raft. What are the ladies saying about other brands and which is most comfortable in a packraft?

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Old 03-15-2018   #2
Flagstaff, Arizona
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My wife has the Kokatat meridian and loves it. We use it a ton for cold weather self support duckie trips and also in our 10.5' raft when R2'ing. The relief zipper isn't an issue at all. She also has the kokatat liner, which makes an awesome layering system.
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Old 03-16-2018   #3
Bozeman, Montana
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I have a kokatat Idol (not to be confused with the Icon). In a packraft she probably won't have any issues with the butt zip being uncomfortable. I had a Meridian for a while when I was just a Packrafter and the chest zipper was terrible but it was the older metal zipper. The newer plastic zippers are flatter and will probably be more comfortable whether they're located across the chest, the back, or the butt. After I started kayaking I realized that the older metal butt zipper was awful in my kayak as it hit me right on the hip, but once again not a big deal in a packraft since everything is squishy! I ended up with the 2 piece Idol as my second suit for everything and I love the versatility.

The Idol is easier to pee out of (it comes all the way apart at the waist!) but a little more difficult to zip back up when wearing a spray skirt and rescue PFD. I figured out that if you don't unzip it all the way then it's better. It ends up being cheaper because you dont have to buy a separate dry top or dry pants- also great for international travel and long trips like the Grand Canyon.
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Old 03-19-2018   #4
Steamboat Springs, Colorado
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Thanks for the input! Sounds like Kokatat is still the preferred brand. I had an old drysuit that was a two piece and the versatility was a good feature. Does the Idol have foot booties or ankle gaskets? I hate gaskets so the fewer, the better.
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Old 03-19-2018   #5
Albuquerque, New Mexico
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Only 3 gaskets on those
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Old 03-21-2018   #6
Carbondale, Colorado
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Kokotat Icon is like paddling in your pjs

I am a kayaker and wear a kokotat icon. It is the most comfortable piece of gear I own. I don't even know the butt zipper is there once I'm in the boat. I do make sure that the end of the zipper is pulled up high on the hip pad area and not between my hip joint and the hip pad. It is easy to adjust. I love it.
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