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Submitted: 04-11-2006 by teletwang
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After deliberating for months on which drysuit to get, I picked the torrent for the best combination of features at the best price. the nrs extreme looked nice, but didn't have the double skirt. of course the kokatats looked great but to get booties, a relief zipper, double skirt it was a big chunk of change. for $489 incl shipping, this suit has all the features i was looking for in a drysuit. the material is 'xp150' which i have found to be more breathable than i expected. i paddle hard and sweat a lot, and haven't been more than a bit moist in the polypro base layer. the waist may be a bit tight if you have a belly, but doesn't feel a whole lot tighter than my neo skirt alone. the zipper is across the back - from shoulder to shoulder - which is different than just about every other brand out there. it's nice once it's on - you have complete freedom of movement - but it's a bit of a trick to get zipped by yourself. the quality of construction is outstanding - it looks like it is built to last. the stikine has a more durable fabric which may be a factor for whitewater/rock paddling or alaskan expeditions, but the torrent is plenty solid and perfect for kayak touring. the fit is good and roomy, and it's a sharp looker - it looks better than the stock photo would lead you to believe. i haven't had any leakages while rolling whatsoever. overall, i'm pleased with the suit and have no regrets about purchasing it.
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