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Going Rogue means staying dry and warm.
When it's just too warm for a full-on dry suit but not warm enough to boof bare-armed, stay dry when tackling whitewater in the Kokatat Women's GTX Rogue Drytop. Deliberate design and careful attention to detail turns this drytop into a performance piece of outerwear. Despite a seemingly steep price tag, the Rogue will withstand years and years of use, whether you're snow kayaking or sticking to the more typical, liquid water-based paddling exploits.
Evolution nylon is a sleek shell, hiding the goods that make this drytop great. Triple-layer Gore-Tex Pro laminate gives your upper half guaranteed protection from both vicious creek spray and sweat so you can paddle without being wet. Heavy-duty 330 Cordura Gore-Tex reinforcements along the shoulders, elbows, and forearms protect your investment from wear in high-abrasion areas.
Ripping through rapids rarely leaves you dry, but the latex neck and wrist gaskets ensure the water doesn't sneak inside. Superstretch neoprene overcuffs and collar add some longevity to the gaskets, as well as offer a bit of insulation. While the dual-adjustable outer skirt works with your spray skirt to minimize the amount of water in the cockpit, the Gore-Tex inner skirt takes away the chance that incoming water will turn your torso into a block of ice.
- Evolution nylon body
- 3-layer Gore-Tex Pro laminate, guaranteed waterproof and breathable
- 330 Cordura Gore-Tex reinforcements on shoulders, elbows and forearms
- Latex neck and wrist gaskets
- Superstretch neoprene overcuffs and collar, self-draining
- Gore-Tex inner skirt
- Dual-adjustable outer skirt, hook-and-loop compatible neoprene
- Waist drawcord
- Zippered chest pocket with key lanyard
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Everything I wanted
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
I love this dry top! I took it out the weekend after it was delivered and I stayed completely dry and warm. I wore it while waiting on the river shuttle after my trip and it was very breathable. The neck and wrist gaskets were very tight but eventually stretched out after the third time I wore the dry top. The front pocket is great for keeping an ID or credit card. I am 5'3 and 125 lbs and I ordered a small and it fits perfectly. I would highly recommend this dry top!
All the features I want
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
FIT: I'm 5'7", 150, 36D, 30" waist. I got the Medium which fit my broad shoulders and long arms really well. The torso seems to be a good length with the inner body extending down over the hips. It has a gusset to give the girls some room (and makes it surprisingly feminine on) but was somewhat slim at the waist which means a bit of a squeeze to get the girls in and out while I'm tangled in wrist gaskets but not too bad. The inner part connects to the outer part under the breast (like an empire waistline) - I have a modified skirt with a short tunnel so mine would fit perfectly in this dry top. If you use a skirt with a tunnel that goes up over your breasts be sure to try the dry top on with your skirt to make sure they'll work together. Neck and wrist gaskets felt very snug I'll need to trim or stretch the neck and stretch the wrists. (I'm also reordering in a Large just to verify the fit - see Update).
FEATURES: Chest pocket (Why there?? Can't access with PFD on. Don't need it since I have pockets in my PFD), reflective seams, stretchy neoprene cuffs do not have Velcro straps to tighten over gloves (I avoid velcro but that's just me), thick cordura nylon for abrasion protection on shoulders or elbows. Grippy feeling on the inside where it would contact the skirt tube.
Overall it felt really comfy, nice pink/orchid (not as bright/neon as the factory image, but more pink than the photo posted by Travis)
UPDATE: I did end up going with a Large just to make it easier to get in and out of it without help. Once on, my PFD compresses any extra fabric so there's no issue rolling. Went swimming twice last fall in chilly water, got just a bit damp at one wrist but otherwise all dry underneath even at the waist despite wearing running tights, not dry pants. I mostly intend to use it for cold water during spring/fall when air temp is also cool, but I'm hoping its breathability comes in handy if I travel to mountain-fed waters during hot summer days.
This is the true color of the violet