Kokatat Women's Hydrus 3L Meridian Dry Suit, river kayak Dry Suit w/ Drop Seat Zip and Dry Socks, H3LME-D

Kokatat Women's Hydrus 3L Meridian Dry Suit, river kayak Dry Suit w/ Drop Seat Zip and Dry Socks, H3LME-D

$ 819.00 USD

Brief Description

Kokatat Women's Hydrus 3 L Meridian Dry Suit with Women's Drop Seat Zipper and Hydrus 3 Layer Fabric Dry Socks is a waterproof/breathable river kayaking dry suit for women with features similar to Kokatat's GME-D dry suit (i.e. with an over-skirt) but at a low price thanks to Kokatat's waterproof/breathable 3-layer Hydrus 3L fabric. From our private testing of waterproof/breathable dry suits, Kokatat's Hydrus 3L dry suits are second only to Kokatat's own Gore-Tex® dry suits. Yet this H3LMED drysuit is lower priced than other similar featured suits by lesser brands!

The defining features of all versions of Kokatat's Meridian dry suits are an "over-skirt" (to sandwich your spray-skirt like the double tunnel on a dry-top) to keep your kayak drier when rolling or paddling in waves, 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), and a flap that covers the front entry zipper. The Hydrus 3L Meridian comes standard with: Women's Drop Seat Zipper, latex neck and wrist gaskets with "punch-through" neoprene gasket protectors at the wrists and neck, Hydrus 3L Fabric Dry Socks with neoprene ankle cuffs with adjustable "hook & loop" tab closures to keep gravel out of your booties. The punch-through neck and wrist covers create a double seal while eliminating some of the common loose and/or scratchy things around your neck or wrists.

Detailed Description

The Hydrus 3L Meridian women's dry suit is primarily for river kayaking though some sea kayakers also choose it for the over skirt feature and/or because there's no Velcro on the neck or wrists.

The main differences between this suit and a Kokatat Gore-Tex® drysuit are in the rate of "breathability" (Gore-Tex® dry suits are still the best, but the Hydrus 3L is right up there with the best of the rest and the quality of Kokatat's US manufacturing of these suits puts them over the top in this price range) and the durability (again nothing else compares to a Kokatat Gore-Tex® dry suit for waterproof/breathable durability), and the zippers (Gore-Tex® drysuits have metal tooth watersports zippers that are stronger and waterproof to higher pressure). So if you sweat more than most or you are a pro who is going to wear your dry suit twice a week for most the year, you'll find it cheaper in the long run to start with a Gore-Tex® drysuit, but for the average paddler the Hydrus 3L Meridian is a darn good river kayak drysuit.

Note, a Drop Seat Zipper makes it easy to take care of all your relief needs. With the occasional exception of kayakers, most women prefer to use a Drop Seat Zipper rather than a Front Relief Zipper like men's drysuits have because for women a front relief zipper requires using a FUD (Feminine Urinary Device - funnel). However, Front Relief Zippers are an option even in Women's style dry suits. For some women, a dry suit with a Drop Seat Zipper can be uncomfortable in certain kayaks. This issue is unique to kayaks because kayak seats have snug fitting sides ("hip braces") which, depending on the fit of the dry suit and the kayak seat, may press against the Drop Seat Zipper. With a properly fitted dry suit, most women find a Drop Seat Zipper is comfortable in most kayak seats, and this comfort issue is less of a problem with Kokatat's plastic drop seat zipper than with the bulkier metal zipper Kokatat uses on their GoreTex® dry suits. Ideally a dry suit will have enough slack around your hips that if your kayak's seat presses the Drop Seat Zipper against your body, you can move the slack in the suit around to get the zipper up out of the way. If this doesn't work for you (and you are sure the suit isn't too small in the hips), we recommend a dry suit with a Women's FUD Front Relief Zipper instead of a Drop Seat Zipper. K.A. stocks women's dry suits with FUD Front Relief Zippers and we include a free FUD with these suit -- see our Kayak Academy Silver Label Women's Relief ("-WR") dry suits. If you don't know whether a dry suit with a Drop Seat Zipper will be comfortable in your kayak, we recommend renting a dry suit with a Drop Seat from us before buying a dry suit -- see our Dry Suit Rental page. If you don't own a kayak yet, be sure to buy one that is "Drop Seat compatible" -- to see if a kayak is Drop Seat compatible, just sit in it while wearing a dry suit with a drop seat.


Made of waterproof/breathable 3-layer Hydrus 3 Layer fabric with Cordura® reinforcement patches on the knees and seat, and a plastic water sports zipper -- waterproof for surface watersports (i.e. swimming and paddling but not SC UBA diving). Lifetime limited warranty for the original owner.

FREE UPS Ground Shipping (48 US states, Priority Mail AK and HI, $35 postage for Norway, Sweden, Germany, Switzerland)
NO SALES TAX if shipped outside WA state
FREE KA Drysuit Care Kit included with this suit (KA Drysuit Owners/Maintenance Guide, Zipper Lube, 303 Protectant gasket lube, and Synthetic Fabric Soap w/KA Washing Instructions)

Women's Colors: Leaf (green)/Gray, Yellow/Gray

Women's Sizes: WS-WL and 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)

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