Water is your friend, but its place is not inside your suit.
The asymmetrical zipper on the Kokatat Men's Gore-Tex Front Entry Drysuit makes getting in and out of it almost as easy as it is to get in and out of your spray skirt or deck shoes. Whether you're racing sailboats or plummeting (by choice) over falls on a wicked river ride, the Front Entry Drysuit literally has you covered with a neck-to-toe watertight seal.
- Evolution nylon used in the three-layer Gore-Tex Pro Shell is highly durable to resist premature wear
- Watertight Optiseal asymmetrical entry/exit chest zipper runs from shoulder to side to make getting in and out easy
- Self-draining and highly durable Cordura knee and seat panels resist abrasion from your kayak seat and inner hull for longer life of the suit
- Latex gaskets at the neck and wrists feature self-draining neoprene overcuffs
- Competition-cut underarms, articulated elbows, and articulated knees all help boost freedom of movement while you paddle or crank the sail lines
- Item #KOK0102
- Q & A
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I used this recently on a multiday river rafting canyoneering trip and this thing was awesome! Kept me perfectly dry until the last 2 days. The socks were not made out of high enough quality material though. I rubbed a hole in the inner knee area which is the same material as the socks and on one of the socks. I feel if they had made it all out of the canvas material that they used on the butt and knees it would have held up a lot better though. It was only the goretex material that wasn't wear/rub resistant. I am 5 foot 9 and about 165lbs and the medium fit me perfectly aside from being a bit tall. That is something I have problems with all pants that I buy though so nothing unusual. I was religious about taking care of it though. Everytime I got in or out of my boat I wore my river booties. So I was a bit disappointed that I somehow rubbed a hole through the foot. The knee I understand as I was stemming through a canyon and was rubbing it a bit more than it should have been. I also wish they would insulate the socks just a bit more as my feet we're almost constantly a bit colder than comfortable.
A Great Product
You really can't go wrong with Kokatat quality. This is an excellent dry-suit at a reasonable price. I have used it on several paddles in Lake Michigan and Lake Superior, and have felt very comfortable paddling with it. It would definately keep me warm and dry in pretty nasty conditions. I also love the green and gray color scheme.
Can't be beat
I was looking primarily for a new suit for packrafting in Alaska, and as a GoreTex MountainTech member, I inevitably go with the security of their fabric over others, and based on reviews of some of the drysuits that use other fabrics like eVent and even Kokatat's T3 material, it seems to be the obvious choice. Word on the street is that the eVent just doesn't hold up over the long run and won't take long to start letting some water in, so in the end I went with this full GoreTex Front Entry suit because I don't do any considerable hiking while in the suit, and while the new lightweight GoreTex suit by Kokatat was tempting, the weight vs. security balance tipped in favor of security after talking with some guys who have used two piece systems in a range of paddling situations.
Very happy with my choice. This suit can roll up and pack pretty tight and stuffing it into a corner of the pack is not a problem. I was impressed with the fit compared to past suits I've worn, also made by Kokatat, in that there was much less extra material and bulk. The biggest thing for me though, was the breathability. I tend to warm up pretty quick under any circumstances and this suit did much better than I was expected. Last trip out I was definitely overdressed under the suit and after about 4 hours of paddling down river I was surprised to find that even my base layers were free of sweat. Ended up out of the boat twice and spent plenty of time bobbing up and down, and as expected everything stayed bone-dry.
Bottom line is that if you have any question about the weight vs. security, and you're likely to be swimming at some point, go with this suit.
Does this suit have a front relief zipper?
Does it come with neoprene socks?
Are the neck and wrist gaskets latex?
Thanks for the help,
Eric! No, this particular model doesn't have a front relief zipper or neoprene socks. I believe its 180-200 to have a relief zipper added. However, the neck and wrist gaskets are latex. If you have any other questions, or need help finding a drysuit, feel free to reach out to me directly.