Helpful for escaping a storm-ridden deserted island, too.
Even though you know the river's going to be cold this time of year, it doesn't hit you how bone-chillingly cold it really is until you get dumped and you're fighting to catch your breath. The Kokatat Gore-Tex Tempest Pants are designed to keep you warm, dry, and comfortable while paddling through frigid whitewater. Using highly breathable, waterproof three-layer Gore-Tex, these pants evacuate every drop of moisture from within while preventing the rushing, ice-cold flow of water from getting anywhere near your skin.
For serious paddlers who know they're inevitably taking a dip, these pants come with a wide, secure neoprene waistband to seal out water; the waistband also has the ability to pair with a double-skirted top. And whether you're dangling your feet off the edge of the kayak or stomping through chilly marshes, the Gore-Tex neoprene socks keep your toes from freezing off. Plus, Kokatat hooked this pair up with a relief zipper option in case all the rushing water around makes you realize how badly you have to go to the bathroom.
- Gore-Tex Pro shell (three-layer)
- Evolution nylon
- Neoprene waistband with hook-and-loop closure
- Gore-Tex socks
- Relief zipper option
- Regular fit
- Item #KOK000S
- Q & A
wear like regular clothes
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
I've been through 3 pair of quality gore-tex guide-grade waders over as many decades, and the relative comfort of the Tempest dry pants can't be lauded enough in words - they wear like regular clothes. Compared to the typical neoprene stocking foot, the gore-tex feet are easy to get on and off, with base layer or insulating socks, easily fit inside the narrow shoes that, in turn, easily fit inside a kayak footwell. The XL fit is generous for my 34" inseam and size 12 foot. There's room inside for base + insulation layers, but the fit is still trim, functional and flexible - and very comfortable for sitting. The built-in gaitors keep mud and sand out, and the velcro closures on gaitors and waist function perfectly.
On a February Texas-coast flats paddle, starting off in the 60-degree foggy calm, they didn't seem necessary and stayed in my dry bag. After the wind came up to the day's norm, and a bit of wading, moderate exposure, I found a place on the hard pack beach I could sit and put them on over my wet nylon pants and scuba socks. Spent the day in comfort, while the forecast sun never broke through - we remained socked in and a light mist all day. The beauty of goretex - finished and stowing gear early afternoon, I was completely dry inside, in spite of the cool and 100% humidity.