K.A. Dry Suit Rental
K.A. Dry Suit Rental
Need to rent a watersports dry suit? Kayak AcadeMy rents men's and women's GoreTex dry suits for rafting, kayaking, canoeing, and sailing, and we ship them anywhere in the 48 contiguous states. Our rental drysuits have Gore-Tex dry socks and a pee system (either a Men's "Front Relief Zipper" or Women's "Drop-Seat Zipper"). NOTE: Our rental drysuits are for paddlesports and sailing ONLY. If you wish to rent a suit for SCUBA diving or an actual SCUBA suit, contact a dive shop.
***TO MAKE A RENTAL RESERVATION***
To start the reservation process, please read through the information provided here and fill out the fields requested at the bottom of this page. You may then add this "rental" to you cart and proceed to check out. PLEASE NOTE, THIS IS NOT A RESERVATION, JUST THE BEGINNING OF THE PROCESS. We will email you an estimate detailing the rental that will best fit your needs once you check out and we receive this order.
About Our Rental Fleet
K.A. has the world's largest fleet of rental GoreTex drysuits, and we have the widest selection of men's and women's sizes (we have rental drysuits from youth sizes to custom XXL-Tall's for men up to 6' 8"). We have decades of experience sizing folks for drysuits so give us your honest dimensions and our staff can choose the right size suit for you. If you reserve a drysuit in advance, we'll ship your suit early so you'll have time to try it on and confirm the fit before you leave for your trip.
Our rental dry suits are made in the USA by Kokatat -- the leading brand in the water-sports drysuit industry. We inspect the gaskets for wear and leak test our rental dry suits before and after each rental. This is so that you can be assured the suit you rent has no leaks, and we can assess any damage to the suit after your trip (read our Rental Tips to help you prevent accidental damage). Our rental drysuits are less than three years old and most are either new or less than 2 years old.
Rental Options and Fees
We are based near Seattle in Issaquah, WA. Local renters may pick up suits at our shop and save shipping. You may rent by the day ($45 first day plus $30/day extra days with three day minimum for non-local renters) or do a Long-Term Rental (10 to 30 days for a flat fee of $295.00, local or non-local). We require a $200.00 damage deposit to be held on all shipped drysuit rentals until the suit is returned and tested for damage. 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. If you need us to ship your rental, we only charge for the days of use and the cost of shipping - no fee for the time in transit (However, a non-refundable three day minimum rental is required for all rentals that are shipped whether you use the suit or not). For example, if you are rafting the Grand Canyon for 21 days but you need the suit to arrive a few days before the trip and can't return it till you get home a few days after the trip, we still only charge you the flat rate rental fee of $295.00 (plus shipping and damage dep.).
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 and heels 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.
Note: 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 to other people 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.)
Dry Suit Rental Fees:
The following prices do not include taxes
- Local Rentals
- 1 day
- $45 for the day
- 2-9 days
- $45 for the first day
- $30 each day extra day (with a three day minimum for suits we ship)
- 10 - 30 days
- $295.00 flat fee with a $200.00 damage deposit.
- Non-Local Rentals (suits need to be shipped)
- 1-9 days
- $105 for the first three day (three day minimum is required for suits we ship)
- $30 for each additional day
- 10-30 days
- $295.00 flat fee with a $200.00 damage deposit.
Wet Suit Bootie (Neoprene) Rental Fees:
- Local and Non-Local
- $6.00 per day
- $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 a nuclear family, each renter must pay separately.
We ship our rental dry suits to the 48 US contiguous states via. UPS ground for $12.50 per suit. 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.
About Damage Deposits and Refunds
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.). 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).
On neck gasket fitting
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 3-4 weeks after we receive your rental suit for us to clean, dry, test, dry and sometime retest after patching 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 service and/or sending suits 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 labor and love to keep these rental 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. Read: Tips for Drysuit Renters and the "Renter's Guide" we send with the suit and follow this advice. About half of our long term renters are good renters, and good renters get their full $200.00 damage deposit back. So please be a good renter and everyone will be happier.
"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