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I'm wondering what people wear and recommend for the lower half of your body to go with a dry top when you haven't yet budgeted to purchase a full drysuit, but there's still a non-negligable chance you'll be going for a cold swim. I just started running Clear Creek (class IV sections) this year and, while I haven't swum there yet, my standard "poly thermals under swim shorts" (or just swim shorts) feels inadequate especially if I'm running similar whitewater in cooler weather next spring.

"Dry" pants?
Neoprene/hydroskin pants?
Farmer john?
 

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I'm sure I'll get shit but I used waist high waders with good results. Good enough for lochsa swimming, good enough for me. Hike em up high and use the belt, seal the dry top around that. I have a kokatat rouge top.
 

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I second the kokatat bibs. Didn't have the money for a full drysuit but have swam around in them and can testify that they stay dry. You cannot beat the gmer drysuit but if you are like me then the bibs are a reasonable choice.
 
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