The Kokatat Gore-Tex Expedition Drysuit…First let me touch on some of the main features of this dryuist.
- First and foremost, this is a Gore-Tex drysuit. I was warm without sweating during the daily 10-hour paddles. When it came time to roll, the salt water was always on the outside, where it should be.
- Reinforced fabric extending from lower back to your lower thigh. Also reinforced fabric can be found on the knees. The smart placement of this reinforced fabric absolutely saved on some worn seams, as I’ve seen in some other drysuits.
- Overall durability…during the expedition there was more than one time that I dropped, stepped on, and unknowingly placed this suit on a thorn bush. In the end, it showed little signs of wear.
- The inside section of the hood, which rests on your mouth, is fleece lined. It’s surprisingly comfortable and great attention to detail.
Now, here are some things to watch out for.
- When nature calls, you should answer. There were a few times that I had an incredibly hard time getting the crotch zipper opened. It took a few good yanks to start the zipper moving. Kokatat does recommend cleaning the zipper, which I did and found that it remedied the situation but just make sure to keep a small toothbrush and some fresh water on hand to accomplish this task.
- When paddling, sometimes I would feel (and hear) the end of the zipper, which extends over my right shoulder, get caught behind my arm and the bottom of the PFD and made a popping sound. This was remedied by pulling the zipper down and across my chest to the left, prior to putting on my PFD.
- Also, I did notice some wear under the arm about level with the top edge of the PFD (check it out in the video). It’s not serious and I’m sure Kokatat will repair it if it does get worse, but it’s something to be aware of.
Taking all this into account, I think its still an excellent investment. Overall, it was the most important piece of gear, besides my kayak, and I would absolutely recommend the Kokatat Gore-Tex Drysuit to any expedition kayaker.