Articles - Kokatat Gore-tex® Meridian Dry Suit Test

Koktat Meridian immersed
Koktat Meridian immersed
Canoe & Kayak UK Test Team - Posted on 29 Mar 2009
Kokatat Gore-tex® Meridian Dry Suit
RRP: €680
More info: www.i-canoe.com or www.kokatat.com


Kokatat Goretex Meridian Dry SuitUS manufacturer have long been one of the market leaders in dry suits and now thanks to much improved European distribution network, they’re starting to make an appearance in UK canoe shops. We tested their flagship model the highly regarded GORE-TEX® Meridian dry suit with the additional relief zipper and GORE-TEX® socks.
It’s constructed from Evolution 3.21 oz. nylon 3-layer GORE-TEX® and has latex seals on the neck and wrists, protected by additional self-draining punch-through neoprene over-cuffs. It has a self-draining, zippered chest pocket with key clip, dual-adjustable overskirt that incorporates ‘hook and loop’ compatible neoprene, and an adjustable bungee draw-cord at waist. Heavy wear areas are reinforced with Cordura patches. The all-important relief zip and the diagonal chest zip are both brass-coil waterproof Optiseal zips.
    The bright yellow and black colour-way was certainly easy to spot on the water, so a winner in terms of safety considerations. Getting in to the suit was a piece of cake due to the chest zipper entry, but some of our testers didn’t find it that comfortable under their buoyancy aids once on. The general consensus was that although a chest zip is easier to get on unaided, a zip across the shoulder reduced wear on the zip by flexing, and provide a more comfortable, free, feel. The GORE-TEX® did feel very light on, which added to the suits appeal. All the seams were well placed and tapered, although there was no taping on the neck seal, this was simply glued.
    Over all this is a quality piece of kit and it’s pedigree shines through in the standard of build and some nice design touches. If you’re looking for a chest-zipped suit then this could be the one for you.

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