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Submitted: 12-16-2005 by thesubaruguru
I too bought the SuperNova as a cheaper alternative to the GFER, attracted to the integral relief, booties, and especially a more comfy neck seal. After trying only twice I noticed that the very thin neo neck seal has torn, but still works well. More importantly a seam's tape wasn't secured, so it leaked immediately. After two more uses I notice lifting seam tape in 1/2 dozen areas, so Kokatat will take this one back to reseal...and investigate the early ripping of the neck seal. An alternative, comfy non-latex slippery neoprene seal exists in the Immersion Research Comp drytop. Wish Kokatat would copy this one.
Even when the seams were retaped I found both cuffs leaking slightly (hairy wrists), and that the entire interior was pretty sweaty. The rep notes that the cheaper material (Tropos) does NOT transpire as well as GoreTex. NOW they tell me! Kokatat now specs this suit for light, occasional semi-use, somewhat backing away from the stronger claims upon introduction a year ago. Maybe they'll put a better neck and reseal the seams well on mine? Will let you know in February....
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