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Thursday, 06 December 2018 08:56

Six Kayak Angling Drysuits Worth Buying

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A good drysuit is not just able to prevent your clothes from getting wet, but should also be able to keep the warmth in.
For some anglers the coming of the cold season means that it is time for their kayak and fishing rods to get packed away while waiting for warmer weather. However, for a lot of other dedicated kayak anglers, it simply means that it is time to break out their drysuits and continue fishing, albeit a little more cautiously. In recent years, drysuits have not only become a lot more comfortable, but also more effective at keeping anglers dry while fishing. A good drysuit is not just able to prevent your clothes from getting wet, but should also be able to keep the warmth in. In addition, they are breathable enough to allow internal moisture to escape in order to keep you comfortable. Here are just a couple of drysuits that have found popularity amongst kayak anglers.

Kokatat GORE-TEX SuperNova Angler Paddling Suit

Price: Starts at $849.00
If you are looking for a decent GORE-TEX suit that has been designed for anglers, then the SuperNova by Kokatat is what you need. It is extremely comfortable, but more importantly, also very easy to get in and out of. This suit features waterproof and breathable 3-layer GORE-TEX fabric, a neo cinch neck collar, integrated GORE-TEX socks with gravel guard and a draw cord waist. Its latex wrist gaskets have adjustable hook-and-loop cuffs and the suit also has 330 cordura GORE-TEX pro lap, seat, knee and elbow enforcements. 

Level Six Emperor 3.0 Ply Drysuit

Price: Starts at $633.00
The Level Six Emperor 3.0 Ply Drysuit is another suit that offers comfort and durability in all the right places. It is waterproof, breathable and features an across-the-shoulder waterproof TIZIPAr entry zipper, so you don't have to worry about it interfering with your paddling motion. To seal out water, it makes use of integrated 3.0 ply eXhaust socks as well as tough latex neck and wrist gaskets. This suit also has an articulated spine to keep you comfortable whether you are sitting or standing in your kayak. The chest pocket is well thought out as it has a waterproof YKKAr zipper with inner key pocket and emergency whistle that remains accessible even if you have your PFD on. Best of all, it has fleece-lined hand-warmer pockets, which any angler will appreciate on cold days.

Stohlquist Amp Drysuit With Tunnel Drysuit

Price: Starts $629.00
The Amp by Stohlquist features a four layer fabric design that is durable, waterproof and breathable while also remaining comfortable. The Amp has a latex neck and wrist gasket and provides great UV resistance as well as tear resistance. The universally sized fabric drysocks of this drysuit are comfortable and also very easy to enter while the knees are sleek, articulated and armored. You also get some extra storage space with this drysuit thanks to arm and thigh pockets. 

Ocean Rodeo Soul Breathable Drysuit

Price: Starts At $848
The Soul by Ocean Rodeo is a drysuit that is ideal for anglers who want flexibility and customizable levels of warmth. This drysuit accomplishes just that thanks to its Capotive Zip design, which gives you to option to use it in either "standby" or "dry" mode. In dry mode this drysuit is completely dry and breathable, but you can also open the dry zip and doff the neck seal if you simply want something that is able to protect you from the wind or rain. Best of all, you can switch between these two modes without having to remove your PFD. 

O'Neill Men's Boost 300g Drysuit

Price: Starts At $384
A good drysuit is not cheap, but this one by O'Neill might appeal to anglers who are on a tighter budget. Although not as water proof as some of the more expensive drysuits on the market, it does have a bit of a looser fit, which means it is easier to have more layers of warm clothes underneath it. This looser fit also translates to a larger range of movement, so you won't have to worry about this drysuit interfering with your paddling or casting. One thing to look out for is the rear entry on this drysuit, which makes it slightly harder to get in and out of in comparison to drysuits with front entry. 

NRS Men's Crux Drysuit

Price: Starts At $989
With the NRS Crux drysuit you get a 4-layer Eclipse fabric design that has a proprietary waterproof-breathable barrier as well as NanosphereAR DWR finish. This basically means that the suit is able to lock out water without locking in any moisture. Since this drysuit has a supple polyester microfiber shell you can bank on frictionless paddling and the suit is resistant to abrasion or punctures to boot. The latex wrist and neck gaskets seal water out while the attached drysocks have seams taped on the inside of the socks. Overall, this drysuit gets the job done and keeps you comfortable, but the price may be a big barrier to some anglers.


What are your thoughts on drysuits? Have you invested in one to ensure that kayak angling remains a year-round hobby or do you prefer sitting out during the colder months instead of taking the risk? Let us know in the comments below or on the forums. 
Last modified on Thursday, 06 December 2018 09:01
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