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Kokatat might be a household name in the world of kayaking and paddle sports, but even Kokatat knows when to collaborate to truly push a product to its upper limits. To this end, the engineers at Kokatat worked closely with whitewater kayaking superstar Eric Jackson and son Dane Jackson to create and refine the cream-of-the-crop Gore-Tex Icon Drysuit. Splashed with vibrant colors on the outside, this drysuit offers the supreme protection of three-layer Gore-Tex Pro Shell material and an array of additional fit-and-finish features. Small touches like the MasterSeal main zipper, 330 Cordura reinforcements, and built-in Gore-Tex socks further separate the Icon from the herd and make it hard for a whitewater boater to look anywhere else. Sure, you could look toward the Hydrus 3L Meridian or the Gore-Tex Front Entry, but why not trust a design tested at the hands of the reigning Junior Freestyle Kayak World Champion?

  • Rear-entry design makes it easy to get in and out of this suit and it ensures the most water-tight design
  • Tizip MasterSeal zipper is burly, easy to manipulate, and it forms a watertight seal at the rear-entry closure
  • Three-Layer Gore-Tex Pro Shell material is not only fully waterproof but also breathable enough to allow sweaty moisture to escape from the inside out for comfort
  • Factory seam-taping further improves the waterproof protection of this suit so leaks can't form at the interface between panels of shell fabric
  • 330 Cordura reinforces the legs, shoulders, and arms for the highest level of durability
  • Latex neck and wrist gaskets seal out leaks when you're digging hard with your paddle, going for a swim after bailing from your boat, or rescuing a boat in raging water
  • Self-draining neck and wrist overcuffs further secure the watertight seal around your extremities while allowing water to easily pass without building up and blowing out the cuff or neck seals
  • Zippered chest pocket gives you quick-access, easy-to-reach storage for small essentials
  • Overskirt features dual, hook-and-loop adjustments for the quickest, most secure fit around the waist
  • Front relief zipper lets you do your business easily when Mother Nature comes calling
  • Gore-Tex socks protect the feet from chilling water and keep your toes dry inside your over-boots (boots sold separately)
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Not what I expected

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

- After one use, had to send it back. Turns out there were small leaks in the Gore-Tex Socks. Kokatat wanted to charge me because from the dirt and scuffs, appeared to be normal wear and tear to them (hah, funny!). Not my fault dirt doesn't come off this suit.

- Zippers are really hard to close

- Rear entry, while better maneuverability, will require you to seek help from someone else.

- no padding in the knees (or anywhere else)

- very expensive (not sure it's worth it)

- have not had a dry day yet. Kokatat says it's only sweat and I am only supposed to wear one thin base layer. (hah! easy for them to say from a cozy warm office setting). Anyways, there is no possible way my clothes are soaked from sweat. Giving it one more try (to be certain) since Kokatat said they would charge me to pressure test it and they find nothing wrong.

Wow great for kayaking

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Love Love Love this. The back zipper keeps that awkward heavy duty zipper out of your way when playboating. Make sure that you pull the zipper really tight, It seems like you closed it but it really needs one more tug. It will keep you super dry and the color is like no other

One of Kokatat's best!

    Finally, a great rear-entry drysuit from Kokatat. That feature alone drew me to this model, along with some well thought out designs features clearly introduced in the Jackson-Kokatat collaboration!

    The reinforced sections are beefy (almost all of the orange areas), I mean, I've used this suit to do trail maintenance at put-in/take-out locations as well as some long portages for both rafting and kayaking and not even the faintest hint of wear yet.

    It does, however, get dirty quick, this florescent colored get-up will stand out, it's bright, but when your mates are done laughing about it, you'll appreciate the comfort - loose fit and super easy to use new 'T-Zips'.

    I haven't experienced any leaking through the zippers and they seem to hold up well so far, despite being far lighter, more flexible and made of plastic.

    The sizing is a little on the baggy - larger size, it does give you lots of room to move, but if you're on the bottom end of a size scale maybe consider going to the next size down or getting a custom fitted suit from Kokatat directly.