Confession time…I didn’t like the Surge paddling suit and I’ve returned it. Fantastic suit that’s well made by Kokatat and the size was good, but I just didn’t groove with the Switch Zip at the waist. I tried it on several times, put on my PFD, and sat in my kayak. Now remember, I’m a plus sized gal who already has plenty of God given “stuff” going on at my hips & waist. Add in the big Switch Zip, plus 2 shock cord/cord locks at the waist (inside & outside), plus a third shock cord/cord lock on the hem of the jacket part of the suit, and that’s a lot of extra stuff around the waist area. It just didn’t feel comfortable.
I’ve decided to stick with the Super Nova paddling suit instead. I had one 6 years ago and I liked it ok, except for the big butt zipper. I talked with Kokatat and they told me that they switched from the stiffer metal toothed zipper to the nylon more flexible & lower profile zipper 5 years ago. I wish they made this suit in Gore tex, but they don’t. They just started making the Super Nova Angler in Gore Tex for 2017, but only in men’s sizes. Even the Large-King would be too big for me, and its not one of the suits they will customize.
Now for the shoes. I decided to give the Astrals one more try. It’s been awhile since I tried one on, and they get such high praise from folks. I found the Astral Aquanaut on sale & ordered one size larger in a men’s shoe to give me plenty of foot room.
I received both the Super Nova paddling suit & the Astral Aquanaut shoes today. I’m happy with both of them. The suit is much less cumbersome, fits great, and the butt zipper is not nearly as intrusive as the one on my old suit. I must say that the Astral shoes are comfy. Thanks to Marshall for recommending them…you were right, they are nice. I tried everything on with polar fleece layers & Smartwool socks and the fit is great.
To any plus sized gals out there that paddle & want a dry suit or semi-dry suit. I highly recommend the Kokatat Womens in XLshort. It fits 5’4" - 5’8" and fits a plus sized female really nicely.