Rental Dry Suits For Rafting, Kayaking, Canoeing - Shipped Nationally
Need to rent 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 most experience and biggest selection of sizes to assure your rental drysuit fits (we have rental drysuits from youth sizes to custom XXL-Tall's for men up to 6' 8").
We have the world's largest fleet of rental GoreTex drysuits. People rent our dry suits for: kayaking, rafting, sailing, arctic and antarctic expeditions. 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. For those interested in trying other models of Kokatat brand dry suits before buying one, we also have a limited quantity of most models available by request (the rental fees are the same regardless of the style suit). Note our rental drysuits are for paddlesports and surface watersports only, for SCUBA dive suits contact a dive shop.
We inspect the gaskets for wear and leak test our rental dry suits before and after each use, and keep them in top condition. So you can count on your rental suit being dry when you get it. Our rental drysuits are less than three years old and generally no more than 1-2 years old. New, these suit cost about $960 - $1400. You may rent by the day ($35 first day plus $25/day extra days) or do a Long-Term Rental. Long Term Rentals are only $285.00 flat fee for rentals from 10 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 the Grand Canyon for 21 days but you need the suit a few days before the trip and a few days after the to get home before returning it, we still only charge you the flat rate rental fee of $285.00 (plus shipping and damage dep.). There is no sales tax on rentals shipped outside of Washington State. 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 at our shop and save shipping), 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.)
We ship our rental dry suits to the 48 US contiguous states via. UPS ground for $12.50 per suit; for Alaska and Hawaii we ship Priority Mail (same rate). Faster shipping (3-day UPS, 2-day UPS, UPS Next Day Air, etc.) is available for an added fee but overnight shipping is typically over $100 so plan ahead. We can also make a pre-paid UPS return shipping label for you to use 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 cost you $12.50 per 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 ship a different sized suit if needed). So please don't wait till the last minute to rent.
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 over them. If you wear sandals or Crocks over the dry socks, the sides of 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 $165.00. We have the world's most comfortable rental booties and you can rent them for $6/day or $25 flat fee for up to 30 days. We offer a Special Long Term Bootie Rental Deal - we'll rent you a 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 $7 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.
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 two days after your trip with no extra charge.Dry Suit Rental Fees:
- $40 first day
- $30 each day extra day (with a two day minimum for suits we ship)
- or $285.00 flat fee for rentals from 10 to 30 days with a $200.00 damage deposit.
Wet Suit Bootie (Neoprene) Rental Fees:
- $6.00 per day
- or $25.00 flat fee for bootie rental up to 30 days
Note, to reserve a rental dry suit, you must prepay. If you haven't paid, you do not have a reservation. Except for members of nuclear family, each renter must pay separately.
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 paddle sports dry suits made, but no drysuit can withstand carelessness. If your suit cleans up with normal machine washing and has no leaks, we'll refund your damage deposit in full. However, if gaskets are torn or you have trimmed gaskets to loosen them, the cost for parts and labor to replace the gaskets will be deducted from your damage deposit ($40.00 per wrist, $69.00 for neck). Any holes or rips over an inch long will be charged $10/inch to cover cost of repair and depreciation. If we find 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 send the suit to the manufacturer for repairs, the retail cost of these factory repairs plus shipping to and from the factory will be deducted from your damage deposit (the minimum cost for this is $50 plus shipping).
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 (or see the big hole they are about to drop into). However, if you try on a new dry suit at a store, the gaskets are probably tighter than necessary. 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. if you’ve had lymph nodes removed or you are truly concerned about your circulation), tell us in advance and/or ask someone in your group 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 ($69 neck and $40.00 each wrist).
Note: It typically takes a month after we receive your rental suit before we can process any credit for your damage deposit. 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, and/or sending back to the factory for 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 take short cuts on inspecting them. That's why people rent and buy from us - they trust our gear 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. Take good care of the suit on your trip (read: Tips for Drysuit Renters and the "Renter's Guide" we send with the suit and follow its advice). 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.
Please copy the following and paste it into an E-mail with your data:
shipping address (or state "same as billing", note UPS does not deliver to PO Box)
Date you need the suit (i.e. day before you leave for trip, we'll add some extra days to this)
Actual Dates of your Trip/Use
What you will be doing in the suit (location and type of trip or activity)
Number of days you'll be on the water (i.e. days of use)
Name (no group rentals, each person is responsible for their own rental)
Belly -- men only (i.e. "spare tire" not your belt-line or waist) *2
neck measurement (gently wrap measuring tape, don't snug it)
wrist measurement (gently wrap measuring tape, don't snug it)
If you don't have a measuring tape, use a string and lay it out on a ruler or yardstick.
*1 For women, please provide your hip measurement at widest point. Be honest or you'll be miserable.
*2 For men, we also need your belly dimension (at largest place between belt and chest, or say "less than waist" if slim there).
Have your read: Tips for Drysuit Renters
Yes or No
Please copy the above and paste it into an E-mail, Click here to send us an E-mail: email@example.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
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Phone: (206) 527-1825 or (866) 306-1825