Kokatat GORE TEX PRO Odyssey Dry Suit, Men's
The Kokatat Gore-Tex Odyssey dry suit is Kokatat's best sea kayaking and sailing dry suit, now made better with their new GORE TEX PRO fabric. The Odyssey is the new version of the discontinued top-of-the-line Expedition drysuit. The Kokatat Odyssey drysuit has a removable hood, among other features, and it comes in Men's and Women's styles. We have separate descriptions for each. This page is for the Men's Odyssey dry suit.
You could think of the Odyssey dry suit as a deluxe version of the Kokatat Meridian dry suit with a hood plus modifications that make it better suited for sea kayaking and sailing. The Odyssey comes with the most complete package of dry suit options (suspenders, reflective tape, pockets, etc.). All the bells and whistles that are optional features on other dry suits are standard on the Kokatat Odyssey dry suit.
Some other reasons to buy the Odyssey dry suit even if you don't care about the removable hood: The Odyssey is the easiest Goretex suit to put on and take off because it doesn't have a tight fitting non-adjustable neoprene outer collar over the neck gasket, and unlike the Meridian suit it has Velcro adjustments on the outer wrist cuffs that go over the wrist gaskets so you can loosen the wrist cuffs when your not paddling. When you are wearing your dry suit all day long these details really make a difference in how comfortable you'll be.
Note: we stock XL Odyssey suits with custom sized dry-socks so you can have a choice of Medium or Large socks on an XL size suit. These custom suits are the same price as the standard suits and you can order them here by selecting the sock size from the menu.
The Odyssey dry suit has a number of features that make it an easy to use drysuit. 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 dry suits with rear entry shoulder zippers that require teamwork to get in and out of without breaking the zipper), an over-skirt for kayakers to keep your sea kayak drier while rolling or paddling in waves, a covered men's Relief Zipper for speed and convenience when nature calls, Gore-Tex® Dry Socks that make it easier to get in and out of the suit as well as keep your feet warm and dry, and neoprene ankle cuffs with adjustable "hook & loop" tab closures to keep gravel out of your booties. The Odyssey also comes standard with: Reflective Tape on the sleeves and hood, left and right Sleeve Pockets, right Thigh Pocket, removable internal suspenders, and a detachable Hood.
In addition to the removable hood and other features that are standard on the Odyssey but only available as custom options on other dry suits, there are two more reasons why the Odyssey is the best dry suit for sea kayakers and sailors. On the Odyssey, the outer wrist cuffs (the neoprene cuffs that cover the latex wrist gaskets) are adjustable with "hook & loop" closures whereas Meridian and Legacy dry suits have non-adjustable snug "Punch-Through" neoprene over-cuffs. For river kayaking, the punch-through wrist covers are preferred because they create sort of a double seal, but for sea kayaking and sailing trips, being able to loosen the outer cuffs on the wrists of the Odyssey makes it more comfortable to wear all day, at camp, etc. Similarly, the neck on the Odyssey is more comfortable than the Meridian because the Meridian has a snug, Punch-Through non-adjustable neoprene collar around the latex neck gasket whereas the Odyssey has a collar that can be opened in warm weather and the hood also provides kind of a double seal without adding a second tight layer around your neck. If dryness in extreme hydraulics is your priority (i.e. river kayaking), then the Punch-Through wrist and neck gasket covers make the Meridian your choice, but for all day comfort while sailing or camping on sea kayaking trips, we highly recommend the Odyssey.
The hood on the Odyssey is removable. When not using it, the hood can be folded up and held out of the way with a "hook & loop" strap that is attached to the back of the hood, or the hood can be unsnapped, or simply let the hood lay down flat like a very wide, low collar. The hood is comfortable to wear, stays in place well in wind, turns with your head so it doesn't blind you, and it doesn't hinder your ability to roll your kayak up regardless of whether you are wearing the hood or have it loose around your neck. In fact, wearing the hood helps keep water out of your ears and keeps your head warmer when rolling in cold water. Even if you don't think you'll ever wear the hood sea kayakers are better off with the Odyssey dry suit.
Kokatat has four sizes of dry-socks, but they use the Medium size sock (for shoe size 9 - 11) on all but their Small and XXL size suits. We find a lot of men who wear an XL sized suit need the Large sock (for shoe size 11.5 to 15). So on our best selling dry suits like the Odyssey we stock suits with custom sized socks so you can have a choice of Medium or Large dry-socks on an XL size suit. These custom suits are the same price as the standard suits and you can order them here by selecting the sock size from the menu. Another reason to buy your dry suit from K.A.
- Made of 7.2 oz. nylon 3-layer GORE TEX PRO (much tougher than the Gore-Tex® used for rain-gear)
- Men's Sizes:
- S (size S available by Special Order only - call us)
- Detachable Hood made with GORE-TEX Paclite technology
- Nylon waterproof front entry zipper and front relief zipper
- Fleece lined collar
- "Hook & loop" wrist cuffs
- Dual adjustable overskirt with "hook & loop" compatible neoprene
- Removable suspenders
- Adjustable bungee drawcord at waist
- Left and right sleeve pockets, right thigh pocket
- Reflective accents on arms and hood
If needed, we can help you order a custom sized dry suit; contact us if you have questions about the fit.
NO SALES TAX if shipped outside WA state
FREE UPS Ground Shipping (48 US states, Priority Mail AK and HI, $50 postage for Canada, Norway, Sweden, Germany, Switzerland, Australia)
FREE KA Drysuit Care Kit included with this suit (KA Drysuit Maintenance Guide, Zipper Lube, 303 Protectant gasket lube, and Synthetic Fabric Soap)