Kokatat Women's Gore-Tex Icon Rear Entry Drysuit w/ Overskirt, Dropseat Zipper, Dry-socks

Kokatat Women's Gore-Tex Icon Rear Entry Drysuit w/ Overskirt, Dropseat Zipper, Dry-socks

$ 1,210.00 USD

Description

Rear-Entry dry suits have made a bit of a comeback among certain pro whitewater kayakers. With the Gore-tex® Icon women's dry suit, Kokatat combines all the best river kayak dry suit features into one rear-entry women's dry suit making the Icon dry suit the best rear entry women's drysuit for whitewater kayaking.

The advantage of the rear entry zipper for river kayakers is it eliminates the need for any opening in the overskirt. Front entry dry suits with overskirts have to have a way to pass the zipper through the overskirt, and even with a Velcro closure over this opening a trickle of water can get into the kayak when you are cartwheeling etc. For most river kayakers the leakage, if noticeable at all, is small enough to ignore. But if you are competing or doing a hundred or so freestyle moves in a day it may be worth the hassle of using a rear entry suit.

Zipping up a Rear Entry Dry Suit

With a front entry suit, you can get in and out of it by yourself - without the risk of breaking the zipper. With rear entry dry suits, it is best to get a friend to help you suit up. There are tricks for opening and closing a rear entry zipper by yourself. One trick is hooking a strap from the zipper pull to the roof rack on your car or a tree branch and then walking sideways to move the zipper. Or, if you are flexible enough you may be able to reach behind your head to work the zipper yourself. The trouble with all these tricks is that besides being awkward and tricky to do, you run the risk of breaking your zipper. A broken zipper can ruin your day, and it will take at least a month and a couple hundred dollars to get it fixed.

Specs

  • Torso made of 3.21 oz. nylon 3-layer Gore-Tex® (much tougher than the Gore-Tex used for raingear)
  • Arms, shoulders and bottom half made of Cordura® Gore-Tex® which has the highest abrasion resistance of any waterproof/breathable fabric.  
    • The use of Cordura® Gore-Tex® in the high wear areas makes the Kokatat Icon suit the most durable whitewater dry suit on the market.
  • Drop-Seat Relief Zipper
  • Gore-Tex dry socks
  • Colors:
    • Violet/Gray
    • Electric Blue/Black
  • Sizes:
    • WS-WL
    •  WXLs (WXLs is the height of a Women's Large but its 50" chest, 47" waist, and 54" hips are roomier than that of an Women's L)

 

NO SALES TAX if shipped outside WA state

FREE UPS Ground Shipping (48 US states, Priority Mail AK and HI, $35 postage for Norway, Sweden, Germany, Switzerland)

FREE KA Drysuit Care Kit included with this suit (KA Drysuit Maintenance Guide, Zipper Wax, 303 Protectant gasket lube, and Synthetic Fabric Soap)

If needed, we can help you order a custom sized Kokatat drysuit; contact us if you have questions about the fit.

Women's Kokatat Drysuit Sizing Table