I’ve only had a Kokatat Expedition so my perspective is very narrow. But for what it’s worth, I have been very satisfied. When I made the original purchase, I was calculating an approximate 10 year life span on the suit itself. Only considering the cost of the suit itself that breaks down to something near $120 CAD per year (2013 price). Wanna compare that to buying cups of coffee, or how much you spend in fuel getting getting your boat to the water? I replaced the original gaskets this past summer, after about 4 years of use. My time was “free”, and the gaskets were much less than the other things that seem to drain my money.
Around the same time I plugged up some pinholes in the socks with Aquaseal. I didn’t even realize the socks were leaking until I performed a full-suit leak test. I just figured the dampness was my feet sweating, plus the leaks from the old broken-down gaskets pooling at my feet. Easy fix and totally water tight once again.
I’ve seen the way that many others treat their suits, and have come to the conclusion that I treat it pretty well. Between you and me (and the rest of the Internet…), I’ve been hoping for a fabric failure so that I can get it replaced before it wears out but so far it’s not looking good… which you can take either way.