I currently use a Reed Paddle suit that I actually like except when it comes to bio-breaks, even with the front relief zipper. I rarely get water down the neck seal, it’s comfortable even though it doesn’t breathe, love the back waist zip instead of the across chest one and my bespoke suit was roughly $400. It’s also super easy to repair with a little Aquaseal.
I’m planning a long mostly unsupported expedition and being a lady of, ahem, a certain age I’m thinking a two piece suit will be more convenient. I suppose I should mention that with a 36" inseam and broad shoulders, women’s stuff doesn’t come close to fitting so I wear men’s.
I’ve seen mixed reviews for Kokatat’s SwitchZip and somehow that locking mechanism looks like it would be annoying. Anyone wear a SwitchZip and love it?
Some expedition leaders of my acquaintance have suggested bibs and dry top as the ultimate flexibility combo since I could wear just the top on flat days with no long crossings, it would serve as rain gear in camp, etc. If I swim I don’t see how I’ll be anything less than wet, though. It’s not that big a problem since the air temps will be in the upper 70’s and I would be within easy distance of shore but the water is in the 60s. Anyone use bibs/dry top combos and find them the ultimate?
Anyone have a favorite drysuit they wouldn’t trade for all of King Midas’ gold? If so, what do you love about it?
I’d especially like to hear from some of the female kayakers about their likes and dislikes.