KOKATAT IDOL DRY SUIT REVIEW - INITIAL IMPRESSIONSWords like innovative, revolutionary, and one-of-a-kind get thrown around so much in today’s industry that it’s hard to believe it when a new piece of gear is listed as ingenious, inventive, or original. Insert the Kokatat Idol drysuit, and you truly have a revolutionary, innovative, and one-of-a-kind drysuit. We’ll outline our initial impressions with the Idol drysuit. Overall Impression: If you live in an area with a cold Spring paddling season but has warm summers (cough cough Colorado), then the Idol is perfect for you. So much versatility in one piece of gear:
- With varying weather on river trips (ex: Middle Fork), you can dry top it when it’s nice out, but when the rains and cold weather come simply zip on the pants and you’re good to go. Just wear the pants when you are unloading rafts at camp and wading in and out of water constantly. No more dealing with the baggy drysuit excess when you’re hanging in camp or at the takeout!
- The Idol is reinforced in all the high wear areas (shoulders, elbows, knees, butt) with GORE TEX PRO SHELL CORDURA (the best of the best) and feels burly yet light to the touch. You can feel the quality in the material and can tell that this drysuit can take a beating!
- The zipper is 100% waterproof, flexible and surprisingly easy to zip on and off.
- The zipper sits comfortably between the backhand and seat of your kayak. The location of the zipper is key to not interfere with your comfort while paddling.
- The hidden zipper on the upper portion of the drysuit allows for more mobility and less restriction of movement. It's much more comfortable because you don’t have a zipper wedged between your body and PFD.
- No zipper interference with your skirt tunnel.