Kokatat Women's Hydrus 3.0 Swift Entry Dry Suit w/ DROP SEAT & Dry Socks
The Kokatat women's Hydrus 3.0 Swift Entry Dry Suit is a bargain priced waterproof/breathable women's dry suit. This dry suit has features similar to the popular Kokatat women's Legacy Gore-Tex PRO® but at a lower price thanks to Kokatat's waterproof/breathable 3-Layer Hydrus 3.0 fabric. From our private testing of waterproof/breathable dry suits, Kokatat's Hydrus 3.0 dry suits are second only to Gore-Tex PRO® dry suits.
The women's Swift Entry dry suit comes standard with: Drop Seat Zipper, latex neck gasket with neoprene collar, wrist gaskets with adjustable neoprene over cuffs, waterproof - breathable Hydrus 3.0 fabric Dry Socks with neoprene ankle cuffs that keep gravel out of your booties, and a front entry zipper that runs diagonally across the chest of the suit making it easy to get in and out of.
Note: if you would rather use a FUD pee system, see our Kayak Academy K.A. Silver Label / Kokatat Women's KA Hydrus 3.0 Swift Entry Dry Suit which comes with a women's FUD Front Relief Zipper instead of a Drop Seat Zipper.
The Swift Entry dry suit is good for sea kayaking, rafting, canoeing, and fishing. The main differences between this suit and a Kokatat Gore-Tex PRO® drysuit are in the rate of "breathability". Gore-Tex PRO® dry suits are still the most breathable and durable, but the Hydrus 3.0 is right up there with the best of the rest in terms of breathability and durability. The Gore-Tex PRO® suits also have a neoprene collar over the neck gasket which this Hydrus 3.0 drysuit does not have. The collar adds a bit of warmth and keeps some of the sun's UV rays off the latex neck gasket which helps the neck gasket last longer. So if you sweat more than most people or you are going to wear your dry suit twice a week most of the year, you'll save money in the long run by starting with a Gore-Tex® suit, but for the average paddler the Hydrus 3.0 dry suit is darn good.
- Made of waterproof/breathable 3-Layer Hydrus 3.0 fabric
- 330D Hydrus Tough Reinforced seat and knee patches
- Plastic water sports zippers -- waterproof for surface watersports (i.e. swimming and paddling not SCUBA diving)
- Lifetime limited warranty.
- Women's Sizes:
- 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)
A Note On Dropseats
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 an FUD (Feminine Urinary Device) with a Front Relief Zipper. However, Front Relief Zippers are an option even on Women's dry suits.
For some women kayakers, 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. Ideally a dry suit will have enough slack around your hips that if a kayak 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.
We stock women's dry suits with FUD Front Relief Zippers -- see our Kayak Academy K.A. Silver Label "-WR" dry suits. We even stock a K.A. Silver Label Women's Gore-Tex® Expedition EXP-WR drysuit with a FUD Front Relief Zipper instead of a Drop Seat.
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 zipper.