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Rental Dry Suits (shipped to all 50 US States for Grand Canyon and
Arctic Expeditions)

Men's Rental Dry Suits for Rafting and KayakingWomen's Rental Dry SuitsWomen's Dry Suit with drop seat zipper

Need a watersports dry suit? K.A. rents Kokatat GoreTex dry suits for rafting, kayaking and canoeing, and we ship them anywhere in the USA. We rent men's and women's Kokatat brand drysuits with Gore-Tex dry socks and relief zippers (pee systems for men and women). K.A. has the experience and size selection to fit your rental drysuit better than anyone (drysuits to fit from youth sizes to 6' 8").

We have the world's largest fleet of rental GoreTex drysuits and the widest selection of men's and women's sizes of rental dry suits. People rent our dry suits for: kayaking, rafting, sailing, arctic and antarctic expeditions (with Quark Expeditions ® etc.) Our rental dry suits are made by Kokatat -- the leading brand in the water-sports drysuit industry. Most of our rental dry suits are the deluxe version of the model Kokatat calls their Gore-Tex Front Entry model (GFER for men and GFED for women) with GoreTex dry-socks and either a Men's "Relief Zipper" or Women's Drop-Seat Zipper pee system (lowest photo shows backside view of a women's suit with a drop seat zipper). For those interested in trying other models of dry suits before buying one, we also have a limited quantity of Kokatat Women's Tropos SuperNova paddling suits, Men's Supernova Angler Paddling Suits and Men's and Women's Lightweight Gore-Tex Paddling Suits available by request (the rental fees are the same regardless of the style suit). Note our rental drysuits are for surface watersports only, for SCUBA dive suits contact a dive shop.

We inspect our rental dry suits before and after each use, and keep them in top condition. Our rental drysuits are less than three years old and generally no more than 1-2 years old. New, these suit cost about $925 - $1200. You may rent by the day ($35 first day plus $25/day extra days with a two day minimum for suits we ship) or do a Long-Term Rental. Long Term Rentals are only $275.00 flat fee for rentals from 12 to 30 days with a $200.00 damage deposit held until the suit is returned and tested for damage). For example, if you are rafting down the Grand Canyon for 21 days but you need the suit a few days before the trip and need a few days to get home before returning it, we still only charge you the flat rate rental fee of $275.00 (plus shipping and damage dep.), or if you need a dry suit for a few days in the middle of a three week cruise to antarctica for a kayak expedition, we will only charge you a flat fee of $275.00 plus shipping, even though the dry suit will be out of our shop for over a month. If you need us to ship a rental to you (we are based near Seattle in Issaquah, WA and local renters may pick up suits here), we will only charge you for the days of use and the cost of shipping - no fee for the time in transit (However, a non-refundable two day minimum rental is required for all rentals that are shipped whether you use the suit or not).

If you decide to buy a new dry suit from us before the end of the year (Dec. 31), you may use up to $150.00 of your suit's rental fee as credit toward purchasing a new dry suit from us (Credit is not transferable and may not be combined with any other discounts or special offers. You may not combine the rental fees from more than one suit toward the purchase of one suit. For example if two people rent two suits for a month ($275 rental fee each), they may each use $150 of their rental fees as credit toward purchasing new suits, but they can not use $300 as credit toward the purchase of just one suit.

We ship our rental dry suits to any state in the US. UPS ground shipping will typically cost you $12.00 for one suit $18 for two suits in one box) for the 48 contiguous US states, for Alaska and Hawaii we'll ship Priority Mail. There is no sales tax on rentals shipped outside of Washington State. Faster shipping (3-day UPS, 2-day UPS, UPS Next Day Air, etc.) is available for an added fee. We can also make a pre-paid UPS return shipping label for you to use when you return the rental at the end of your trip (just drop it off at any office supply business that offers UPS shipping services). Prepaid return shipping labels will typically cost you $12.00 for one suit. Please reserve your rental dry suit as far in advance as possible to allow for shipping time and ease our scheduling. If you give us enough advance notice, we will time the shipping date so the suit arrives several days before your trip (no extra charge) giving you time to try it on and call us if you have any questions about wearing a dry suit or the fit of your rental suit (while there is still enough time to overnight ship a different sized suit if needed). So please don't wait till the last minute to rent.

If you’ve never worn a dry suit before, your first impression will likely be that the neck gasket is too tight. But gaskets need to be snug or the suit will leak. Generally people forget all about the gaskets once they get on the water and start having fun. If you try on a new dry suit at a store, the gaskets probably are tighter than necessary. However, we customize the fit of the gaskets on our rental suits in proportion to the neck and wrist sizes of the average person likely to wear each size dry suit. If you have an unusually large neck or wrist and/or a medical sensitivity that makes a tight gasket cause a real health problem (i.e. you’ve had lymph nodes removed or you are truly concerned about your circulation), ask someone with experience wearing a dry suit to check the gasket fit. The only way to significantly loosen a gasket is to trim it, you may need to do this, however, if you trim a gasket we will have to replace it so the suit won’t leak for the next renter - therefore you will be billed for the cost of replacing the gasket ($62 neck and $32 each wrist).

You must wear wetsuit booties or other full coverage boots over the dry socks on our rental dry suits - dry socks are not for walking without the protection of booties. If you wear sandals or Crocks over the dry socks, the socks will be exposed to abrasion from brush and rocks which can wear out the socks in one trip. Replacing dry socks will cost you $160.00. We have the world's most comfortable rental booties and you can rent them for $5/day or $25 flat fee for up to 30 days. We offer a Special Long Term Bootie Rental Deal - we'll rent you a brand new pair of booties for $25.00, and you can buy the booties at the end of the trip (before returning the suit) for only $25.00 more (total cost $50.00, and you'll save about $5 on the return shipping without the weight of the booties in the box). These are our most popular booties for wearing with dry suits while rafting, and they also work well for sea kayaking, snorkeling, diving, etc. Click here, Cross 4 Bootie to see the booties in this offer (available in unisex sizes 6 - 15).

If you are local (we are in the Eastside/greater Seattle, WA area), rental dry suits may be picked up a day or more in advance and returned up to one day after your trip with no extra charge. We are located between Issaquah and Renton, 1/2 mile east of Hwy. 900 (address and map on our "About Us" tab under "Contact Info").

    Dry Suit Rental Fees:
  • $35 first day
  • $25 each day extra day (with a two day minimum for suits we ship)
  • or $275.00 flat fee for rentals from 12 to 30 days with a $200.00 damage deposit.

Note, to reserve a rental dry suit, you must prepay. If you haven't paid, you do not have a reservation.

Our goal is to give every renter a full refund of their damage deposit, and we've written some "Tips for Drysuit Renters" which we include with long term rentals to help you avoid damage to your rental suit. We don't expect our suits to come back in as good a condition as they left our shop, but after a month long trip there are obvious differences between a conscientious renter and a careless one. Our rental dry suits are the most rugged and tough waterproof breathable watersports dry suits made, but no drysuit can withstand carelessness. If your suit cleans up with normal machine washing and has no more than three pinhole leaks, we'll give you a full return of your damage deposit. We'll even forgive one torn gasket (sometimes it happens, especially with inexperienced renters). However, if there is more than one damaged gasket or if you trim any gaskets to loosen them, the cost for parts and labor to replace the gaskets will be deducted from your damage deposit (see our on-line store for gasket repair costs). If there are any large holes or more than three small pinhole leaks, we will deduct $5.00 each from your damage deposit for the additional leaks (fourth, fifth, etc.). Rips, broken zippers, and worn out dry socks require factory repair/replacement - if we have to have the manufacturer do these repairs, the retail cost of these factory repairs plus shipping to the factory will be deducted from your damage deposit.

Note: It typically takes a month after we receive your rental suit before we can process any credit for your damage deposit. If you want faster return of your credit, return the suit in a clean condition and take good care of the suit on your trip (read the "Renter's Guide" we send with the suit and follow its advice). The dirtier the suit and the more you abuse it, the longer it takes for our inspection, cleaning, replacing gaskets, water testing, repairs, repeat tests, further repairs, further tests, sending back to the factory for tests and repairs. You wouldn't want to rent a leaky suit, and we wouldn't want the next person who rents your suit to have it leak either. It takes a lot of time, labor, skill, knowledge, and experience to keep these suits in good working condition. We take pride in our dry suit rentals so we don't rush our rental inspections - that's why people rent from us - they trust our rentals to work. Be patient about getting your deposit credit and remember, the better you take care of your rental suit the faster we can return your credit and the less you will be charged for damage. In the first month after we receive your rental suit, a $10.00 service fee will be deducted from any credit you have for each time you contact us about the status of your deposit credit. About half of our long term renters are good renters, and good renters get their full $200.00 damage deposit back in about three weeks from the time we receive their rental suit. So please be a good renter and everyone will be happier.

    Wet Suit Bootie (Neoprene) Rental Fees:
  • $5 per day
  • or $25.00 flat fee for bootie rental up to 30 days

Special Long Term Bootie Rental Deal - rent a new pair of booties for $25.00, and you can buy the booties you rented at the end of the trip (before returning the suit) for only $25.00 more, or just return the booties with the rental dry suit if you don't want to buy the booties. No trades or exchanges on the Long Term Bootie Rental Deal.

Please copy the following and paste it into an E-mail with your data:
billing address
shipping addresses
each person's name
gender
height
weight
shoe size
neck measurement (Wrap measure tape gently, don't snug.)
wrist measurement (Wrap measure tape gently, don't snug.)
If you don't have a measuring tape, use a string and lay it out on a ruler or tape measure.
For men, we also need your belly dimension (at largest place between belt and chest, or say "less than waist" if slim there).
For women, please provide your hip measurement at widest point. Be honest or you'll be miserable.

Please copy the above and paste it into an E-mail along with your sizing data, Click here to send us an E-mail: info@kayakacademy.com.


"I would like to thank your staff for the rental of the dry suit. It worked perfectly. The professional help and courtesy extended was greatly appreciated." SL

"Thank you for renting the dry suits to Amy and I, they were comfortable and effective. When I asked the booking staff at Quark Expeditions for recommendations of where I could rent a dry suit they had none. I found you through a web search. Most of the Kayakers on our Antarctic trip reported having a very hard time finding places to rent dry suits, so I gave out your web site and suggested the staff add you to the trip prep documentation. Regards, Geoff"

"I could not have been more pleased with your service, and the quality of the rental suit was excellent!", B.H., FL

Call to make a reservation or e-mail info@kayakacademy.com for more information.
Phone: (206) 527-1825 or (866) 306-1825