Can anyone say anything about these? I have about $100 in "eBay" bucks and need to spend them in the next two weeks or I loose them. And I need a dry top and these are available on the auction site.
So, should I buy one of these or forget about it and go for Kokatat, NRS, IR or whatever? For about $200 or less they are relatively inexpensive compated to $250 (on sale) or more for the others. Plus as I said I have $100 to spend or lose only on eBay and I do not seem to need anything else right now from there...
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Posted by: nermal on Sep-04-08 9:14 AM (EST)
What is the age of the garments? Bomber Gear only recently started making paddling clothing again. You could be looking at a top that is more than a couple years old, in which case, the gaskets could be in advance stages of decomposition. I've had some good pieces from Bomber Gear, but every single piece of Level 6 gear I own is extremely impressive. I would vote for Level 6 if you are looking for durability. The DWR they use is ten time better than anyone else including Kokatat. The better the DWR, the longer the piece will breath.
Posted by: old_user on Sep-04-08 9:26 AM (EST)
Nermal is absolutely correct. Much of the Bomber gear floating around on line is from 2003 or earlier. That only becomes a serious problem if the garments in question use latex gaskets which can deteriorate. If you're looking at semi-dry tops with neoprene seals at the neck and wrists it shouldn't be as much of a concern.
Posted by: kocho on Sep-04-08 9:40 AM (EST)
I have to ask the seller. The stuff is new and I think is new production rather than old new stock.
And another question on size|
Posted by: kocho on Sep-04-08 9:45 AM (EST)
Posted by: zzz on Sep-04-08 11:16 AM (EST)
level six stuff is well-made from the limited amount i've seen. the bomber gear tops i've seen were from 4-5 years ago, and i saw multiple tops delaminate, seams come apart, etc. hopefully with their new production they have fixed their problems, but i'd still go for the level six.
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Posted by: jarraa on Sep-04-08 2:21 PM (EST)
Just got one. Super comfortable and bone dry. Was rated as the dryest drytop last year. I have been through many drytops and I must say ...this level six is above and beyond my expectations. And their Customer service is great too!
Posted by: old_user on Sep-04-08 3:09 PM (EST)
I bought a $80 Bomber Gear drytop off ebay last year, needless to say it's the best $80 I have ever spent. I paddled over 1000 miles in it so far. I feel good enough about it that I'm waiting for my 08 Bomber Drytop and spray skirt to arrive today.
Posted by: kocho on Sep-04-08 4:23 PM (EST)
I think either would work. I've placed my bid on a Level Six for now as a comparable Bomber is not listed and I need to act sooner rather than later. please, don't outbid me -;)