Go Big or Go Home
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Yes, it's expensive. So is buying two lesser quality "drysuits" in the span of 3 months. How do I know? Because I did just that...
I use my drysuit for work in large wave tanks at a coastal engineering test facility where the water temps are in the 40deg range. I got tired of wearing a thick wetsuit and being in and out of the water all day long and staying damp for hours. After two drysuits in the $700 price range failed (zippers leaked after a month each), I convinced my boss to step up to this suit instead.
No leaks, a year later and nearly daily use. Gaskets are tight but don't even drip. Fit is close, but not too constructing after wearing a wetsuit. Zippers are tight at first and loosen up a little with use and slide easier - but they're still waterproof.
Suggestion, find good, heavy fleece tights and pullovers for underneath. No inherent insulation in the suit, so you'll need some if you'll be in the water at all.
Full disclosure, I've been participating in the Gore MountainTechs program since 2007 but did not receive this item through Gore.