What makes a Goretex Kokatat Meridian drysuit special? These suits are constructed in Arcata, California, USA to the highest standards. All drysuits are leak tested before leaving the factory and if there ever is an issue the drysuit can be returned for repair to the factory in Arcata. Evolution 3.21 Goretex is windproof, waterproof and still breaths. This is achieved via 3 layer fabric with a central membrane with over 9 billion pores per square inch. The pores are 20,000 times smaller than a water droplet but 700 times larger than a water vapor molecule. Plus the fabric meets the standard for windproofness by letting less tha 1 cfm of air pass through a square foot of fabric. Add in 100% seam sealing and a durable water repellent finish that causes water to bead up on the outer layer of the fabric and you have the best garment ever designed for cold water paddling.
When should you wear a Kokatat Goretex Drysuit? We live in the Pacific Northwest and 9 months of the year it can be rainy and cool or cold plus our water is always on the cool to cold side. In the winter it is not unusual to paddle in 40 degree air in water that is under 50 degrees and might be in the 30's. In spring and fall we can see days in the 70's but water still 50 degrees and colder. Only for a few months in the summer do we get 60 to 70 degree water temps and air temps up to 100 degrees. So our basic gauge is as follows: When the water and air temp ads up to 120 degrees or less wear a drysuit. When the combined temp is 120 degrees to 150 degrees wear a neoprene layer on your torso and legs and a Kokatat Goretex drytop and when the combined temp is 150 degrees and above wear nylon or neoprene shorts and a Kokatat Goretex paddle jacket. Please remember that these temperature ranges are guidelines and each person has to make adjustments for their personal experience. We also suggest various thicknesses of fleece or wool layers under the suit to adjust for your personal body heat situation.
Should I but a Kokatat Meridian or Front Entry Drysuit? If you paddle in rough water (sea or river), wear a neoprene sprayskirt and know how to roll then get a Meridian. The spray skirt cuff really helps keep you dry in the boat. If you are a casual paddler and not rolling or a rafter or inflatable kayaker then go for the Kokatat Front Entry Gortex Drysuit, You will have less bulk in the suit and and save a few bucks!
Custom suit or stock suit, which way do I go? Check out the sizing chart or better yet come into the store and try on an actual suit. If the stock size fits your body you are good to go but if you are not quite "stock" like you have big or small feet or your legs, arms or torso are longer are shorter than average or you are thick in the middle but short on height then use the Gizmo and get the perfect suit. When you are spending around $1000 for a piece of gear plan ahead and get the right fit.
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