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  My personal experience
  Posted by: pblanc on Jan-21-14 10:49 AM (EST)
 

with less expensive dry garments is that although the seam tapes are initially waterproof, they start to separate after a year or two.

I applaud the effort to bring a dry suit to the market at an entry level price and hope the manufacturer does well. I would be rather reluctant to use a suit with an unprotected neck gasket in significant whitewater since a torn or blown neck gasket can actually present a real hazard in the event of a longer swim.

Years ago, I bought an entry level dry suit from Kokatat (which has been long-since discontinued). I still have it as a backup. It is coated nylon with an unprotected neck gasket and a plastic zipper, ankle gaskets (no socks) and no relief zipper, no reinforcement at the knees or seat, and no exterior overskirt. Even though this was a Kokatat suit, I have had to reseal the seams a couple of times.

I think I paid about $250 for that suit and it served the purpose for a few years. At the time I could have purchased a new Kokatat Gore-Tex dry suit for about $300 more. In my case I would have been much better off to have gone with the more expensive suit but if I had not stuck with the sport, the cheaper one would have sufficed.

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