Kokatat Mens GORE-TEX Idol dry suit with SwitchZip technology
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Kokatat Mens GORE-TEX Idol dry suit with SwitchZip technology


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The Kokatat GORE-TEX Idol Dry Suit with SwitchZip Technology Men's is one of the most versatile pieces of paddling gear on the market. Using SwitchZip technology, a fully waterproof, plastic zipper allows the Idol Drysuit to separate completely at the waist; giving you a dry top and a dry suit in one garment. The full waist separation makes the Idol easier to put on and take off than your traditional front or rear entry dry suits. No zipper across the chest or back of the top provides the paddler with more range of motion. While in the dry top configuration, simply roll the zipper into the zipper flap to protect it while paddling. Kokatat uses GORE-TEX Pro shell and 330 Cordura GORE-TEX to reinforce those high wear areas (shoulders, elbows and knees). If you want a garment that can do it all - keep you dry and warm, and withstand abuse day after day - then look no further than the Kokatat Idol Drysuit.

Kokatat GORE-TEX Idol Dry Suit Features:

  • SwitchZip technology allows the Idol to fully separate at the waist
  • Waist zipper is used as a relief zipper and drop seat
  • 3-Layer Evolution GORE-TEX Pro Shell fabric paired with 330 Cordura GORE-TEX Pro Shell to reinforce high wear areas
  • Zipper placement sits between backhand and seat
  • Zipper flap to protect zipper while using as a dry top
  • Lifetime warranty on the fabric
  • *Custom Order Drysuit: are subject to price change

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Kazuko S.

Easy to put on, versitile. Neck and wrist gaskets too tight.

First, let me preface by saying that I am 6'1" 240 lbs. Active, Clydesdale class. big chest, arms, legs, neck. I bought an XXL Idol drysuit. I sea kayak in Lake Michigan about 3 or 4 times per week. The water is often dangerously cold and waves can get big = wet and cold conditions.I like the two piece design because it goes on like regular clothes. Originally, I thought it would be nice to have dual purpose clothes, but realize now that I would never wear my $1,200 dry suit around camp or anywhere else. This is for kayaking.Two piece design is great for going to the toilet, especially in an emergency.... ya, I know...So far, the Idol dry suit works well. Water does not get in. The drysuit has good range of motion and is roomy.Starting the zipper is clumsy and a little difficult especially with big hands. Takes practice.My biggest complaint is the neck an wrist gaskets. I read that Kokatat uses the same neck gasket for M size to XXL: 13" to 19". It is WAY too small for XXL. When I first put it on, it wasn't just tight, it was strangulation PANIC tight around my neck. I could not get it off fast enough! That is not a good first impression. Kokatat gives almost no instructions how to adjust, so the customer has to cruise the internet for advice - good and bad. I tried stretching with coffee cans, but that was useless. Finally, I had to start trimming. Kokatat provides no suggestion about how to trim or how much to trim, so the customer is on their own and has to guess. With a new and expensive drysuit, it is a nervous thing to have to trim, not knowing what is too much or too little, especially if this is your first drysuit with rubber gaskets. The customer worries if they cut too much so they slice 1/4" at a time multiple times until nearly 1.5" is cut away to fit a 17.5 or " 18" neck. And the customer worries about cutting a ragged edge that will be prone to tearing with use. The wrists gaskets were also far too tight and my hands throbbed within seconds of putting the suit on.The tight strangulation gasket issue was a HUGE and stressful issue for me and really detracted from the joy of buying a new Kokatat drysuit. Kokatat really needs to consider this and offer better fitting gaskets that are size appropriate for the suits rather than "one-size fits all" and leaving it up to the customer to figure out and self-tailor. At least Kokatata could mark the gasket with approximate ranges for different neck sizes so that the customer has some clue. Kokatat should have some detailed instructions both in writing and in videos that tell how to trim the gaskets - and that information should be relevant to big people as well as small people. My impression is that Kokatat is trying to take the cheap and easy way out and tries to avoid the liability of providing information, so they just don't provide any information or assistance. The idea "Oh well, that is all just part of getting a new dry suit" is not satisfactory, especially for a company that prides itself on being at the top of it's class.Other than the gasket issue, the drysuit seems to work fine.

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