Kokatat products are made to top-quality with one of two waterproofing fabrics: Gore-Tex or Hydrus 3.0. The first thing you will notice when you compare items made with these materials is that the Gore-Tex garments are several hundred dollars more expensive. What are the differences?

Gore-Tex was developed in the 90’s and has been a staple in outdoor gear for almost 30 years thanks to its superior breathability, durability and waterproofness. It is the top name in tech fabrics that has stood the test of time. W.I. Gore Company is very selective in which brands they will allow to use their patented fabrics, as to not flood the market with products of sub-quality manufacturing that is not in line with Gore-Tex’s superior performance. In Paddlesports, you will only currently find Gore-Tex in Kokatat’s drysuits, Drypants, Drytops, and other paddling outerwear. 

Kokatat Women’s
GORE-TEX Idol Dry Suit
Kokatat Women’s
GORE-TEX Rogue Dry Top
Kokatat Mens
GORE-TEX Meridian Dry Suit
Kokatat Men’s
GORE-TEX Rogue Dry Top
MSRP: $1,300 MSRP: $499 MSRP: $1,230 MSRP: $499
Some of the Kokatat GORE-TEX selection.

Hydrus 3.0 is Kokatat’s proprietary fabric made to rival products like Gore-Tex. Since Hydrus is their in-house brand, they aren’t paying a fee to another company for the use of a material in their products, making these garments cheaper to produce while maintaining the same quality in construction. Hydrus is US-made and is very similar to Gore-Tex in terms of waterproofing, breathability, and material weight. The word on the street is if you compare these qualities of the two side-by-side, Gore-Tex ranks 10/10 and Hydrus ranks 8/10. 

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Kokatat Women’s
Hydrus 3L
Stoke Drytop
Kokatat Women’s
Hydrus 3L
Tempest Pants
with socks
Kokatat Men’s
Hydrus 3L
Stoke Drytop
Kokatat Mens
Hydrus 3L
Tempest Pants
with socks
MSRP: $310 MSRP: $210 MSRP: $310 MSRP: $210
Some of the Kokatat Hydrus 3L selection.

So, who needs Gore-Tex and who would do just fine with Hydrus? For the price difference, most recreational paddlers that need a drysuit for average paddling conditions are going to be served well by Hydrus. Gore-Tex is for those who either want the absolute best they can get, or those who are paddling in situations that demand the best performance possible, like paddling remote & cold rivers where long swims are possible. Both materials are backed by Kokatat’s Lifetime Warranty, so you can be sure that whether you choose Hydrus or Gore-Tex, you’re making a good investment in gear that will last!

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