So I’m getting to know my first-ever (semi) drysuit, a Kokatat. I’m liking it a lot so far…nice piece of gear. Today on my downstream return trip I stopped paddling and coasted for a while and the silence was pretty dramatic.
Yup, my Kokatat Radius is noisy as well. Swish, swish, swish…
I have a Kokatat semi-dry as well. Mine is about 10 years old now and doesn’t sound quite as loud as it did when new, but I did suddenly get a craving for potato chips while paddling today…
I can’t say I’ve really ever noticed it, as the wind, waves, surf, sound of the hull in the water, etc. drown out any noise from my dry suit.
They do break in like a comfortable old sneaker over time(unless you’re one of these spendthrifts who feel the need to buy a new one every year to keep up with paddler “fashion.” The more wind and icy water they’re exposed to, if the Gore Tex holds up, then the softer they get and the sturdier you get😉
I have never found my dry suit to be noisy. Although, when dressing for potential immersion, I do take out my hearing aids.
Mine isn’t Goretex. Maybe kayak movements are quieter than (my) canoe movements. It’s no big deal, just kind of funny. It’s a little quieter than potato chip bags.