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  • #4093
    markpospisil
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    I am debating weather I should purchase a pair of dry pants….with Bib, I heard regular ones without a bib pretty much are useless and that I should just a get a Dry suit.

    Heres the question: does anyone use the Kokatat Bib pants and how well do they work with a good dry top?

    PLease post you exeriences with Dry pants v.s. Dry Suits if you have them
    Also recommendations on brands and features to look for when making the purchase.

    Thanks for your help

    #27167
    Dan.
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    For open boats, 1 piece drysuits are the only way to go.

    I will let the yakkers chime in with their perspective

    #27168
    Capn Crunch
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    paddle with bib pants / drytop combos. We all swear by them. Three of us have the Kokatat bibs. I’ve had a couple of swims in them and have come out nice and dry.

    Highly highly recommended — even better if they are breathable.

    –CC.

    #27169
    pg
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    I have palm Dry pants …non bib style…..they are great …far from usless infact! I had Kokotat pants last year……they were bad for me as the waist was too low a cut and they could not overlap with my dry top. I had bomber semi dry pants for the previous 5 years and they were great …even swam in them once…and i was not dry..but had dry spots still afterwards.
    As far as saftey goes and if you swim often/at all you cant beat a good old wet suit with dry top combo…..wont rip/fill up….stays warm always and pads you against river bottom contact

    #27170
    markpospisil
    Participant

    Thanks guys I really appreciate it….I’ve been torn between splurgin my budget and buying a one piece after a buddy was unhappy with his Bomber drypants, says he got wet or buying a set of Bibs….I am thinking the Kokatat bibs are a good choice for budget and function. Am I wrong to say that the bib extending into the torso provides added protection with my tunnel & drytop?

    By the way http://www.outtanowheres.ca is a reat site, looks like you guys kno whow to enjoy yourselves, teh Canadia Idiot song is hilarious…especially for because I am an American living in Canada, but I grew u pin Detroit and know all the workds eg. Hoser.

    Thanks Again

    #27171
    Bill W
    Participant

    Hey Mark
    dry Suit vs dry pants? it all depends on what you plan on the temps you plan to paddle and and the river you plan to paddle. my skinny arse loves the dry suit. i would have it no other way you can layer for the day and not worry aboot the bulk but it is a lot of cash to shell out up front. to me worth every penny.
    It was good paddling with you in april we well have to do it agian soon
    cheers
    bill

    #27172
    parrothead
    Participant

    They are high waisted and overlap well. Kokotat bibs are almost the same money as some full drysuits.

    #27173
    pg
    Participant
    "markpospisil":1owouxx1 wrote:
    Thanks guys I really appreciate it….I’ve been torn between splurgin my budget and buying a one piece after a buddy was unhappy with his Bomber drypants, says he got wet or buying a set of Bibs….I am thinking the Kokatat bibs are a good choice for budget and function. Am I wrong to say that the bib extending into the torso provides added protection with my tunnel & drytop?

    By the way http://www.outtanowheres.ca is a reat site, looks like you guys kno whow to enjoy yourselves, teh Canadia Idiot song is hilarious…especially for because I am an American living in Canada, but I grew u pin Detroit and know all the workds eg. Hoser.

    Thanks Again[/quote:1owouxx1]
    Hey ..Yes those bibbs will seal well to a dry top….my buds Koko top rolls into the bibs and its like a dry suit!
    And yes its a real site…its just not selling anything! lol Thanks Man!

    #27174
    markpospisil
    Participant

    My concern is that my Bomber Gear top wint roll in as well as the Kokotat top.
    If you’ve seen the bibs in action with another brand of drytop please tell me about your experinces.

    #27175
    DanC
    Participant

    If you swim for long enough you will get water in. I’ve had bib pants and now have Stohlquist mooners (non bib) and if you spend about 5 minutes swimming you will get wet. I don’t find that I’m drier after a day of boating with the bib pants. As for a drysuit, never used one but if you may end up in the water lots I’d reccomend them.

    Dan Caldwell

    #27176
    Derek Mereweather
    Participant

    Mark

    At this point in the season, a drytop should be all you need. You could wait until late fall to pick up the bottoms, assuming you have the drytop. As an open boater, my choice is the drysuit.

    Derek

    #27177
    TimH
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    "Dan.":17hte5uf wrote:
    For open boats, 1 piece drysuits are the only way to go.

    [/quote:17hte5uf]

    I’m an open boater, and I’ve done the bibbed drypants with dry top combo for a couple seasons and am pretty happy with it. You’re not bone dry if you swim, but it definitely keeps the water inflow to a trickle. Sure drysuits are a bit better, but for a grand…

    My advice: just don’t buy Atlan. My dry pants from them have been developing leaks all over the place, and they’ve been brutal to deal with regarding warranty.

    T

    #27178
    cboater
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    question: what are "dry bibbs"? pants w/ higher waist?

    #27179
    markpospisil
    Participant
    #27180
    TimH
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    "cboater":21029n4u wrote:
    question: what are "dry bibbs"? pants w/ higher waist?[/quote:21029n4u]

    Yeah…the ones which are basically like overalls with straps over the shoulders.

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