Paddling Water Wetsuits and Drysuits

The Best Kayak Dry Suit

Last Updated on December 29, 2020

Best Dry Suit for Kayak Use Quick List

Unlike a wetsuit, a dry suit is designed to keep you completely dry and are 100% waterproof. The difference between a drysuit and wetsuit is also that they wetsuits rely on your body heat to warm water which keep you warm while a drysuit intends to keep you warm by keeping water out and using a layer of air between your body and keeps the cold from contacting your skin. A Dry Suit Kayak will allow you to stay warm and dry while paddling.

Kokatat Men’s Gore-Tex Front Entry Drysuit

We have chosen many Kokatat dry suits for our top pick list because Kotatat specializes in waterproof dry suits that are breathable.  This breathability still lets you sweat but allows that moisture to escape, keeping you dry and warm on the inside of the suit.

Completely waterproof, breathable and durable, the Front Entry Dry Suit is at the foundation of Kokatat’s dry suit line-up. Featuring 3-layer GORE-TEX® fabric, articulated patterning, latex gaskets with protective neoprene collar and cuffs and a metal tooth, waterproof YKK Optiseal entry and relief zipper give additional waterproof protection in the harshest on-water environments. Backed by a limited lifetime warranty, Kokatat’s GORE-TEX® dry suits allow you to stay warm and dry during any paddling excursion.

– Evolution 3.21 oz. nylon 3-layer GORE-TEX® Pro fabric and socks
– Metal tooth, waterproof Optiseal front entry zipper
– Metal tooth, waterproof Optiseal front relief zipper
– Latex gaskets with adjustable “hook & loop” collar and cuffs
– Adjustable bungee drawcord at waist
– Cordura® seat and knee patches; self draining

Ocean Rodeo Ignite 2.0 Breathable Drysuit

DUAL FUNCTION DRYSUIT / FOUL WEATHER GEAR!  Blurring the lines between foul weather gear and traditional drysuits the Ignite is loaded with expedition style features and is designed to be worn for extended periods of time.

Featuring our revolutionary Captive Zip design, the Ignite has merged drysuit water integrity with the comfort of traditional foul weather pant & jacket combinations. The Ignite features a 100% full dry mode, or when relaxing between sessions use “standby mode” by opening the dry zip and doffing the neck seal which can all be done while still wearing a PFD. With the over jacket then zipped up the Ignite provides industry leading ventilation and protection.

• Standby or Full Drysuit mode / Captive Zip Self Entry
• Adjustable neoprene neck seal
• German made TIZIP MasterSeal main dry zip
• One atmosphere PK external jacket zip with stainless slider
• VENTOR salt water resistant, drysuit specific waterproof breathable material
• Outer Chest Pockets
• 420 Denier abrasion overlays at knees, buttocks and crotch
• Adjustable & removable suspenders
• Neoprene wrist seals
• Removable hood

• German made T-zip Masterseal crotch relief zip
• Jacket pockets and inside jacket stash pocket
• Integrated dry sock booties
• Wrist overlays with Velcro cinch
• Lower leg “boot cuff” overlays
• Ultra high all-weather collar, with hold down snaps
• Solas approved reflective tape
• Reflective piping
• Reflective screen graphics
• “Wader” waist belt

Kokatat Men’s Odyssey Gore-TEX Drysuit

The pinnacle product for sea and touring kayakers. The Kokatat Odyssey Dry Suit features GORE-TEX fabric, pockets and a removable hood.

The Odyssey dry Suit is constructed of GORE-TEX fabric with 330 Cordura Gore-TEX reinforcement in the pant, seat and knees. It features nylon waterproof front entry and relief zippers, 2 sleeve pockets, thigh pocket, a removable hood, removable suspenders, a pile-lined collar and reflective accents on the arms and hood.

Removable hood lets you go from playing in the surf to protection from the wind and rain.  Removable internal suspender system for in camp and on water comfort.  330 denier GORE-TEX Cordura® waterproof breathable fabric on pants, seat and knees for maximum durability.  Two sleeve pockets and a thigh pocket to store essentials on the water.

– GORE-TEX body and socks
– 330 Cordura GORE-TEX pant, seat and knees
– Nylon waterproof front entry zipper
– Nylon Waterproof front relief zipper
– Latex neck and wrist gaskets
– GORE-TEX with Paclite technology removable hood
– Pile lined collar

– “hook & loop” cuffs
– Dual adjustable overskirt with “hook & loop” compatible neoprene
– Removable suspenders
– Adjustable bungee drawcord at waist
– Left and right sleeve pockets, right thigh pocket
– Reflective accents on arms and hood
– Every suit 100% fill tested;guaranteed to be dry

Kokatat Supernova Hydrus Angler Fishing Semi-Dry Suit

The popular Supernova Angler is now available in GORE-TEX®, the driest, most durable fishing specific paddling suit on the market.

The Kokatat Supernova Angler is a front entry fishing specific paddling suit built with lightweight and breathable 3-layer GORE-TEX® fabric in its main body and military-grade 330 denier GORE-TEX® Cordura® fabric in the lap, knees, seat, and elbows. The single layer of rugged fabric is lighter and dries faster than the sewn-on reinforcement patches and provides protection and reduces potential hook snares while dealing with fish and gear. The suit also features a draw cord waist, a front relief zipper, a comfortable Neo Cinch Collar, latex wrist gaskets with adjustable hook and loop cuffs, and GORE-TEX® socks with gravel guards.

– GORE-TEX® Pro fabric
– Nylon waterproof front entry
– Nylon waterproof front relief zipper
– Neo Cinch Collar
– Latex gasket with adjustable “hook and Loop” cuff
– Every suit 100% fill tested; guaranteed to be dry
– 330 Cordura® GORE-TEX® Pro reinforcement on lap, seat, knees, and elbows
– GORE-TEX® socks with gravel guard

Kokatat Women’s Hydrus Swift Entry Drysuit w/Drop Seat

An excellent choice for the beginning or occasional boater, the Kokatat Hydrus 3.0 Swift Entry Dry Suit will keep you comfortably dry all day. Hydrus 3.0 is our proprietary waterproof breathable three-layer fabric designed to keep paddlers completely dry in extreme conditions. The super tough nylon woven outer layer provides long lasting abrasion protection and features a durable water repellent (DWR) coating which repels water. The mid-layer utilizes a polyurethane micro-porous coating, allowing water vapor to transfer from the inner layer to the outer. The soft, knit polyester inner layer is engineered to help manage moisture, moving it from the inside out. The result is an exceptionally waterproof, breathable alternative that stays dry and comfortable. Features women’s specific patterning and rear dropseat. Hydrus 3.0 garments are backed by Kokatat’s limited lifetime warranty against defects in materials and workmanship.

– Hydrus 3.0 (3 layer) fabric
– Nylon waterproof front entry zipper
– Nylon waterproof rear dropseat
– Latex neck gasket
– Latex wrist gasket with adjustable “hook & loop” cuffs
– Hydrus 3.0 (3 layer) socks
– Reinforced seat and knee patches; self-draining
– Every suit 100% fill tested; guaranteed to be dry