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- Gore-tex hood. Not only is this hood well fitted and adjustable, it looks great both on and off your head. Friends often compliment me on the hood and wish their suits (which often have neoprene and Velcro "volcano" necks) had hoods like the expedition. My only complaint about the suit is that the hood does not have a stowage pocket/zipper. I rarely actually wear the hood, and 99% of the the time I spend paddling is either roll & rescue practice, or in rough water. The hood acts like a bucket in these situations and it must be rolled down on itself.
- Gore-tex booties. A lot of suits have these, but it is a must nonetheless. Latex booties are cold and difficult.
- Zipper covers on both the entry and pee zips. Most "budget" drysuits are built without these and the nasty zippers can be sharp.
- Customization. This is not unique to the expedition but I do believe it has the most options available. My suit has Cordura butt and knee sections, which I find very important for prolonging the life of the suit in high stress areas. Shoulder pockets are nice, although I don't use them. Finally, it is nice to be able to fully customize the color scheme of your suit. I don't think anyone else is doing this.
Kokatat has a great warranty, due to their use of "real" Gore-Tex and its lifetime guarantee, and their $40 flat rate leak fixes. Most brands that advertise a breathable fabric are using some kind of Gore-tex clone, so it is similar in performance but with no guarantee. And with the Kokatat's repair service, they will fix any and all leaks in your suit for a flat rate. When I sent my suit in, they said it had so many holes that it needed to be run through their tests twice.
I am a 6'2" male weighing in at 165# and I wear a women's large (bought it used).
Companies like Kokatat will say they have a drysuit that will fit but it's never their top of the line expedition suit. They only go up to a XXL. We bigger folks are accustomed to paying more for our clothes and gear. So what is so hard about making a XXXL? Surely you can make a overskirt for someone who likes to eat. As far as I'm concerned, this is discriminatory against those of us who are over weight.
I love this suit! $1077 Canadian at MEC Toronto. Although this is a lot of money I think it's the best purchase I've made towards paddling because it allows me to paddle year round... well... at least until the water gets "hard" up here...