From whitewater to mellow float, always spectacular!
One of the things I have never liked about drysuits is is the big bulky zippers combined with the necessary skills of a contortionist required to get into them - and back out! And those zippers are uncomfortable under a life jacket, difficult to do up, and well … just plain ugly. So when Kokatat came out with the two piece Idol drysuit I jumped at the chance to try it out!
Drysuits are expensive and the Idol coming in at around $1200 Canadian is near the top of the price pile. But I figured if I'm going to invest I might as well get something that I'm really happy with and that I'll actually wear instead of trying to avoid.
One of the great things about Kokatat suits is that you can order some or all of the suit in custom fittings. For me I chose to fit the nylon socks to my size to avoid the bunching and crunching of oversized, loose fitting nylon socks into my river shoes. Well worth it and I'd do it agin in a heartbeat! So much more comfortable and I don't need oversized shoes to actually stuff my feet, wool socks and dry socks into. This is good - very good!
The lauded feature of the Idol suit is the “switchzip” technology. Nothing too fancy really - just a dry pant bottom that zippers around the waist and connects to a dry top. For the most part this design gives you a nice clean and trim fit on top. No more bulky zippers under the life jacket. No weird bunching up of materials. Nice and clean and easy to slip into or out of a life jacket. The cut of the design is very well done - its trim but I have full unrestricted range of motion without having a bunch of extra material in the way. Very good!
"Once you have discovered SUP on the river, it will be hard to go back to the lake!"