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Old 09-26-2009   #1
 
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Wetsuit or Drypants

Looking for some opinions on whether to purchase a farmer john type wetsuit or drypants for my primary bottom outer layer.

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Old 09-26-2009   #2
 
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Depends on how much you swim. When I was first learning I wore a farmer john because I was swimming. Now that I don't swim very often I wear splash pants because they are much more comfortable.
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Old 09-26-2009   #3
 
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Go with drypants. They will serve more of a purpose as your skills progress.
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Go with drypants. They will serve more of a purpose as your skills progress.
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Old 09-27-2009   #5
 
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I wear a shorty wetsuit and when it gets really cold I put on dry pants...Works really well since you have mobility with the shorty, core warmth with the wet suit, and dryness with minimal loss of mobility when you put the pants on. The drypants I wear are 40$ from REI...I figured they were cheap since they were only 40 but they are completely dry!!
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Old 09-29-2009   #6
 
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don't get the drypants that have the latex gaskets on the ankles. If you swim they fill up at the waste area and there is no where for the water to run out because of the latex on your ankles.
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I paid a little more and got the Kokatat Tropos bibs link they mate with a drytop and resolve panicman's issue.
I can mix and match depending on the weather and temp. With the Tropos drytop they become a drysuit. I've done two SWR courses with them and they were completely dry.

The guys I boat with think it is a pretty sweet set-up, I agree.
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Old 09-29-2009   #8
 
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don't get the drypants that have the latex gaskets on the ankles. If you swim they fill up at the waste area and there is no where for the water to run out because of the latex on your ankles.
I've never had this problem. I've never had more than a trickle of water down mine even when Iking or taking a good swim. I like them for rafting, I can stand in cold water and stay nice and warm. My drysuit has latex socks and there's no comparison.
I think everyone needs a farmerjohn even though I rarely wear mine.
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Old 09-29-2009   #9
 
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Drypants - have had mine for a long time, use them for fishing, kayaking, rafting, swimming. If the water's too cold you can throw a pair of polypro johns or fuzzys to keep warm. just be sure and get them big (loose) enough to layer. mine were purchased many years (and many lbs)ago - getting tight - don't want to feel like a sausage out there do you? Depending on the seal at the waist you should keep most of the water out. combined with most drytops that have tunnels they're almost totaly waterproof.
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Yeh, I can stand in neck deep water and barely get a few drops in my drysuit (drytop + pants). If only I had cankles I would be totally dry!
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