I'm Bob Holtzman, the president/founder of Mythic Gear. Nice to see this discussion, which addresses a lot of the issues that I considered when launching the company and developing specs for our first drysuit models.
Mythic's suits do indeed represent a compromoise -- one that we feel is reasonable for many, but not all, paddlers. We're trying to meet the needs (and budgets) of most paddlers, not the top 5% who place unusual demands on their gear and can afford the very best. So we think our suits will be of most interest to recreational kayakers, sea kayakers, canoeists, rafters, SUP'ers, and perhaps a few whitewater kayakers who are really strapped.
We're using breathable fabric, but not GoreTex. All seams are taped inside, and they're nicely waterproof. We didn't compromise on gaskets or zippers, but we did skip the overcuffs. Overcuffs do offer protection against mechanical hazards, and that's probably of greatest importance to serious whitewater kayakers. Since our suits have no overskirt, that's clearly not their main target. (A WW kayaker might do OK with a tight-fitting spray skirt, however.)
As for the UV protection offered by overcuffs: the amount of time your suit spends outdoors is really pretty limited, and a few hours a month won't have much effect. Most UV protection consists of keeping it in a dark closet when it's not in use.
We offer a one-year warranty, which we feel is sufficient for any hidden defects to be revealed, but saves paddlers a lot of money compared to the lifetime warranty of some other suits.
I use this metaphor: most drysuits are the equivalent of top-end luxury cars – really nice, but offering so many features and enhancements that they're unaffordable to most people. Mythic has the equivalent of a well-made economy car: maybe not *quite* as nice, but it gets the job done competently at an affordable price.
Will be glad to take your calls and answer your questions personally. Thanks for your interest.
Recreational Kayak Paddle
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