Dry Suits For Water Sports
Top of the line drysuit, comfortable to wear on and off the water, the choice of rescue professionals and whitewater enthusiasts
Kokatat Men's Gore-Tex Meridian Dry Suit
Superior design, quality construction, sizing for women.
This suit blocks wind and rain and allows perspiration to escape, so you will remain always dry. Meridian is the best waterproof and breathable suit available for water sports, especially for whitewater and sea kayaking. It offers excellent protection, comfort, durability, and adapts to all conditions.
Kokatat's full immersion Gore-Tex Pro Shell fabric is tough, comfortable, and quiet. It offers the protection of waterproof breathable fabric keeping you dry and free from stifling and chilling sweat.
The Competition Cut underarm gives full range of motion.
An Optiseal waterproof zipper that runs diagonally across the chest makes the Meridian easy to take on and off. Optiseal waterproof front relief zipper gives you easy access when needed. The double-tunnel waist and the spray skirt keep the water out of the boat.
Self-draining Cordura seat and knee patches reinforce heavy wear spots and ensure long-term durability
An adjustable overskirt with smooth-skin neoprene waistband keeps the water out of your cockpit. The overskirt sandwiches your kayak spray-skirt to keep the kayak drier while paddling in waves.
Neck closure and wrist closure
Elegant self-draining neoprene punch-through neck and wrist volcano style over-cuffs. Latex neck and wrist gaskets with neoprene protectors. The punch-through neck and wrist covers create a double seal while eliminating any sticky Velcro around your neck and wrists.
With proper layers underneath, you can spend a fair amount of time in cold water and warm up during breaks.
Leave both zippers open for drying and storage. Don't forget to get a zipper wax to easily zip and unzip by yourself.
The Gore-Tex socks with neoprene ankle cuffs prevent you from having to deal with ankle gaskets.
The Kokatat GMER dry suit comes in men's and women's styles, and in an expanded range of colors. Eight precise measurements help you find your perfect fit. The suit is backed by Kokatat's lifetime warranty. Repairs are done by Kokatat.
For those of you that can not afford Meridian, Kokatat's Hydrus Drysuit is a low cost option that incorporates all the features of the Gore-Tex version, offering good flexibility and full range of motion. Difference: the material is not so thick and durable.
For pics, specs, and prices: Kokatat GORE-TEX Meridian Dry suit
NRS Men's Crux Rafting Kayaking Drysuit
With its new fabric and performance cut design, the NRS Crux achieves a good balance of price and quality.
The proprietary four-layer Eclipse fabric provides a waterproof and breathable barrier and a high resistance to abrasion. The shell includes a Nanosphere DWR finish to lock water and let moisture escape. The inner face is made of supple polyester microfiber with silky finish for less friction. The suit is stretchy enough to give freedom of movement for paddlers.
The Crux is a front entry drysuit. That makes easier to zip the suit closed without help. You will appreciate the ability to take off your own suit. YKK waterproof entry zipper is covered with a sealed flap for extra protection. You must keep the zipper clean to avoid damage to the metal teeth. The over cuffs around the ankles are adjusted with Velcro straps, they can be opened up wide, making the suit easy to take off.
It has an over skirt, with a 5 inch wide neoprene band. A double-pull hook-and-loop closure fits over your spray skirt tunnel to complete a watertight seal. The skirt tunnel keeps the skirt from riding down and letting water into the boat.
The Crux has a stylish pant cut. It's delivered with breathable waterproof drysocks, made from Eclipse fabric. You will find breathability to be important on your feet when you don’t end up with sweat-soaked socks.
Quality latex wrist and neck gaskets seal water out, neck overcuff protects the tough self-draining neck gasket. Polyurethane enhances the wrist gaskets' durability.
High-wear areas are protected. Cordura fabric reinforces the seat, the knees are protected with an additional layer of Eclipse fabric for long-lasting durability.
Single-seam legs improve mobility, and of course you have a waterproof relief zipper at your disposal.
Drysuits are becoming a popular option for cold water boating allowing to spend more hours on the water without any seepage.