Kokatat Whitewater Ambassador Kim Becker’s drysuit review

By Marta

Despite having paddled in Kokatat gear for over 7 years, year-after-year, my drysuit never ceases to amaze me.

As a sponsored paddler I chose Kokatat’s Meridian Women’s Drysuit (WGMED) for many reasons: most of all, made of 3-layer GORE-TEX, and reinforced with cordura at the knees and seat, the suit is DRY!

Comfort: with its lack of velcro at the wrists/neck, and its easy-to-seal metal-toothed chest zipper, the WGMED/GMER is easy to get on and off. Once on, it is comfortable and non-restricting, and there is plenty of room for layers to keep you warm. What’s more: the drop seat never seems to get in the way while I’m paddling- it fits nicely above my hips pads, but below my backband- I don’t even know it’s there.

Fit: as a smaller paddler, fit is something I am picky about. The WGMED has a competitive cut, and gives me just enough length in the arms and legs to be comfortable and non-restrictive.

Dryness: the proof is in the pudding: I am able to wear my fleece layers home after paddling. The fabric is very waterproof in its own right, and comes with handy features such as self-draining cuffs (neck and arms).

Durability: it will take whatever you can throw at it! No matter how many times I slip and fall on rock, hike through the woods, or beat it up on self-supports, my drysuit never leaks or tears!

Colors: comes in a variety of colors to suit your on and off water needs. Not mention, there is a Limited Edition Meridian drysuit with full Cordura bottoms! See you on the river! – Kim Becker, Kokatat Whitewater Ambassador