5 out of 5
December 04, 2008
I've boated for 30 years and have had a GFER drysuit for the last two seasons; just bought one for my son. 1000 times better than a wetsuit. The built-in sox and the relief zipper make it great. I suggest one that is a bit large so the suit doesn't limit your movements.
Fabulous but Pricey
April 05, 2002
I had an NRS dry suit which was ok. If you wish you can read my comments on the NRS suit on this site. This spring I boughta Kokotat Gore Tex suit with Gore Tex socks. Its better than great. If there's a downside to this suit (aside from price) I haven't found it yet. I haven't actually worn it while paddling yet (it just came this week) but I have worn it around the house with water shoes (Chota's) on with fairly heavy poly fleece underware on and with a life jacket , er, I mean PFD, on.Indoors and outdoors (outdoor air temp about 30 F, house about 65 F). Totally comfortable and no perspiration buildup either. With the NRS suit I was at times tempted (when the air temperature rose) to leave the zipper open for perspiration relief.. Got burned doing that once. Bow guy managed to capsize the canoe. You can't imagine the thrill of trying to get back in the canoe with a dry suit full of rather cold (and heavy!) water. We were on flat water at the time and I really hadn't planned to go swimming. Judging from my experiences in wearing the Gore Tex suit around the house there will be no temptation to leave the damn zipper open. To wrap this up, if the price of the Gore Tex Kokatat suit doesn't give you sticker shock you'll absolutely love it!
worth the money
November 27, 2008
Very comfortable, keeps you dry like no other suit, kokatat makes the best drysuit by far. don't get a cheapo its worth the extra green.
All day comfort
October 22, 2002
I have been a raft guide for years & here we start before the snow's gone & raft till it comes back, so the seasons long.I've had a pvc dry suit for a long time & had to change out of it after every trip to get the sweat to evaporate & dry out, also awswering to call of nature was difficult to say the least.So I busted out the cash witch was the hard part (gore socks & all)but life just got lots better no more sweat, cold feet & all day long comfort & the nature stops are super quick & no hassal at all .If your going to get one get one that will make you more comfortable not less as I now wish I did the first time.Pay the money & be comfortable.
GFERelief works great
January 03, 2007
Just as all the different reviews here and elsewhere state, the drysuit works great. I used a longsleve polypropylene shirt and fleece pants with wool socks as undergarments, stayed warm, dry, and comfortable for a good 4 or so hour paddle..Yes, it was the most expensive piece of "clothes" i ever purchased in my life, hopefully to save my life if necessary too..
Much more comfortable & protective than a wetsuit
December 27, 2008
I tried using my 3mm diving suit years back & neoprene at the shoulders was just too restrictive. The next thing that I tried was an NRS Farmer John with a drytop & that's still a good option for moderate conditions. I'm sold on the GFER for all aspects, comfort, range of motion & protection. Great suit!! I tried it for the first time mid Dec in the Connecticut salt marshes & loved it. Comments: * The zipper will take some getting used to/breaking in * The booties are great, but my normal watershoes are too small with the booties, I'll resolve that with some calf high botties the next size larger than my shoe size.
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