While a good drysuit wont give you super powers, it will keep you warm and dry and if properly taken care of will provide years of use.
We have been testing different drysuits for some time now in a quest to find the balance between being lightweight, functional and durable.
For 2019 we have carefully hand selected what we believe are some of the best drysuits available for packrafting.
The NRS models Pivot and Crux are the heavy duty models, with reinforced knees and seat along with additional fabric to help protect the zippers and latex neck and wrist gaskets. The NRS Pivot features a back zip entry, while the Crux has front zip entry. Both are for people who value long term durability over weight savings or those of us who are a bit rougher with our gear. Weighing in at 1565 & 1588 grams (mens) respectively, they are not the lightest but they are some of the toughest.
The Kokatat Swift Entry drysuits are stripped down to the essentials. They feature reinforcing in the knees and seat area to provide longer term durability and come with latex neck and wrist gaskets and built in socks. Being relatively lightweight at 992grams (mens) they still provide full drysuit functionality and durability.