Kokatat Gore-Tex Meridian Dry Suit
Kokatat’s highly regarded GORE-TEX® Meridian Dry Suit is the definitive whitewater and sea kayaking dry suit. Made with 3.21oz Evolution GORE-TEX® Pro Shell 3-layer fabric and Cordura® seat and knee reinforcement panels for supreme durability. The Meridian features full women’s patterning, an adjustable overskirt, GORE-TEX® socks, rear dropseat, zippered chest pocket, latex gaskets, and neoprene punch through over cuffs. A limited lifetime warranty and Kokatat’s custom sizing and option program ensures completely dry comfort for the life of the garment.
- Evolution 3.21 oz. nylon 3-layer GORE-TEX® Pro body and socks
- Nylon waterproof rear dropseat
- Latex gasket with neoprene punch through collar and cuffs
- Dual adjustable overskirt with “hook & loop” compatible neoprene
- Self-draining, zippered chest pocket with key lanyard
- Adjustable bungee drawcord at waist
- Cordura® seat and knee patches; self draining
- Every suit 100% fill tested; guaranteed to be dry
- Drop seat
What makes a Gore-tex Kokatat Meridian drysuit special? These suits are made in Arcata, California, USA to the highest standards of quality. All suits are leak tested before leaving the factory, and if there ever is an issue the drysuit can be easily returned for repair. Evolution 3.21 Goretex is waterproof, windproof, 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. The fabric also meets standards for windproofness by letting less than 1 cfm of air pass through a square foot of fabric. Add in 100% seam sealing and a water shedding durable water repellent finish, and you have the ultimate garment for cold water paddling.
When should you wear a Kokatat Gore-tex Drysuit? Here in the Pacific Northwest, drysuits are appropriate for 9 to 10 months out of the year. During the winter, it’s not uncommon to go paddling on a 30 to 40 degree day, with water temperatures as low as the mid 30’s. However, winter isn’t the only time where a drysuit is necessary. As a loose reference, we employ the rule of 120 degrees. If the water temperature and air temperature add up to less than 120 degrees, you should be wearing immersion gear. In spring and fall, we commonly see air temperatures in the 60’s, water temps around 50 degrees and colder, in which case a drysuit is still advisable. When the combined temperature just above 120 degrees, but still below 150, a neoprene layer on your torso and legs or a Kokatat Goretex drytop will suffice. Only for the few summer months do we get 60 to 70 degree water temps and air temps up to 100 degrees, which is safe and comfortable swimsuit weather.
Should I buy a Kokatat Meridian or the Standard Gore-Tex Drysuit? If you paddle in rough water (sea or river), wear a neoprene sprayskirt, and/or know how to roll, then a Meridian is the perfect choice. The Meridian features a spray skirt cuff, which really helps keep your boat dry. If you are a casual paddler, SUP’r, inflatable kayaker, or interested in any calm water paddle sports, save yourself the money and get a standard Gore-Tex Suit.
Sizing? Check out the sizing chart, or better yet come into the Alder Creek Jantzen Beach store and try on an actual suit.
|S (6-8)||M (10-12)||L (14-16)||XL short (18-20)||XL (18-20)|
|Height||5′ – 5’4″||5’4″- 5’8″||5’6″ – 6′||5’4″- 5’8″||5’6″ – 6′|
|Ankle gasket||1 size||1 size||1 size||1 size||1 size|
|Built In socks||S||S||S||–||S|