Kokatat GORE TEX PRO Meridian Drysuit, Men's GME-R
The Kokatat GME-R dry suit (Goretex Meridian w/ Relief Zipper and GoreTex® Dry Socks), now with the lighter, more durable GORE TEX PRO fabric, is the gold standard by which all other white water river kayaking dry suits are judged. The Gore-Tex Meridian dry suit is a one-piece dry suit with a front entry zipper and over-skirt. Depending on your priorities, the best drysuit for river kayaking will be either the GME-R or the 2-piece Kokatat Idol suit (if your not good at mating separating zippers then the GME-R is your suit). The Kokatat GMER dry suit comes in Men's and Women's styles, and we have separate descriptions for each. This page is about the Men's Kokatat GME-R drysuit.
The defining features of all versions of the Kokatat Meridian dry suit (GME-R and Hydrus 3.0 Meridian) are an over-skirt and covered front entry zipper. The overskirt sandwiches your kayak spray-skirt like the double tunnel on a dry-top to keep your kayak drier while rolling, surfing and paddling in waves. Kokatat GME-R drysuits also have a front entry zipper that runs diagonally across the chest of the suit making it easy to get in and out of (as opposed to suits that use a rear-entry zipper across the shoulders which require a buddy to open and close plus some contortions to get in and out of). A flap covers the front entry zipper, "punch-through" neoprene gasket protectors cover the latex neck and wrist gaskets, and there's a self-draining zippered chest pocket with a key lanyard loop inside. GME-R suits also include Gore-Tex® Dry Socks which are the best of all solutions for the bottom of the leg (as opposed to latex drysocks or ankle gaskets). The punch-through neck and wrist covers act as a double seal while eliminating any scratchy/sticky Velcro® around your neck and wrists.
Note: Although the Kokatat GMER Meridian dry suit was primarily designed for river kayaking, some sea kayakers also choose it (or the Expedition EXP drysuit) for the over skirt feature.
- Made of 3.21 oz. nylon 3-layer GORE TEX PRO (much tougher than the Gore-Tex® used for rain-gear)
- Cordura® Gore-Tex seat and knee to reinforce heavy wear spots.
- Men's Sizes:
- S-XXL (S is available by Special Order, contact us)
NO SALES TAX if shipped outside WA state
FREE UPS Ground Shipping (48 US states, Priority Mail AK and HI, $50 postage for Norway, Sweden, Germany, Switzerland)
FREE KA Drysuit Care Kit included with this suit (KA Drysuit Owner/Maintenance Guide, Zipper Lube, 303 Protectant gasket lube, and Synthetic Fabric Soap and KA Washing Instructions)
If needed, we can help you order a custom sized GMER drysuit; contact us if you have questions about the fit.Men's Kokatat Drysuit Sizing Table