The Neris Kayak drysuit is a multi sport drysuit suited for most on water sports. There has been a lot of thought gone into the design of this suit.
So whether your Kayaking, Canoeing, Packrafting, Paddleboarding this dry suit will suit (excuse the pun) you.
Is it suitable for packrafting?
The Neris Kayak drysuit is perfect for packrafting but you need to ask yourself ‘can I afford to carry the extra weight of this drysuit?’ The drysuit weighs just over 2kg.
Obviously if you’re crossing freezing waters in the winter then needs out way trying to keep your gear weight down. Would you need if in summer? It all depends on conditions and possible submersion times.
There is also other waterproof clothing options from Neris. Such as waterproof jackets, Cagoules and dry pants.
For me, the dry pants suit me more as I can use these for wading when fishing.
If your’e looking to keep yourself fully dry then a drysuit is the way forward.
The drysuit sent to me for testing was too small for me so I had asked a few people that would fit in it to tested it out with me.
The Neris Kayak drysuit is made using a quad laminate fabric by Gelanots® in Japan.
It is a breathable windproof, waterproof / water repellent fabric used in drysuits, jackets and trousers.
There are two versions of the fabric, this dry suit is made with the quad laminate fabric.
Lighter version – 3 layers membrane fabric (20000mmH2O/20000g/m2 24h)
Thicker version – 4 layers membrane fabrics (26000mmH2O/10000g/m2 24h)
It is a hydrophilic non-Porous film made of 100% Polyurethane in a thickness of 20 micron in average.
It has a hydrophobic micro-porous coating with a top layer of a hydrophilic non-porous membrane for a higher durability, UV and salt water resistance.
Technical Features of the Neris Kayak Drysuit.
- Ergonomic anatomic cut
- Dry TIZIP zipper – waist height, waist to waist around the back. Allows to cope for natural needs without taking off the suit.
- Inner elastic braces: adjustable and removable which hold up the suit when not wearing the top part.
- Storage pocket on front of bib (which will keep things waterproof inside the suit).
- Arm pocket on upper left arm (not waterproof).
- Latex hand cuffs.
- Neoprene or Latex neck seal (neoprene neck seal is more hard wearing but can allow some water ingress compared to a latex seal).
- Waterproof sealed dry socks – These have no protection on the soles so don’t go walking around in just the socks.
- CORDURA protection on the knees, back and elbows.
- Optional dry TIZIP zipper (fly) is possible
- Fully seam sealed
Through my years of teaching scuba diving I’ve had much experience in different types of diving dry suits. Whether neoprene, bi-laminate or trim-laminate dry suits and this suit is really well made, durable and ergonomic.
The Neris Kayak dry suit is available in off the shelf sizes (see sizing chart) or custom made to fit.
Custom Made Neris Kayak Drysuit.
If you wish you can have the dry suit custom made to your size.
You can also choose the colours, neoprene or latex neck seal or add a Pee zip. (Please complete the custom fitting chart from the Neris website).
The Cordura fabric has been placed on high abuse, like knees, elbow and seat to give added protection to the suit.
Access & Egress into the suit.
The dry zip is made by Tizip which is a really durable waterproof zip (the same used in the Alpacka Cargo Flys).
The zip runs from the Right Hip, crossed the seat and to the Left Hip.
One of the people who tried out this suit had difficulty zipping up the suit with the zip in this position.
Once closed and the neoprene waist cuff is dropped the zip is completely hidden by the waist cuff.
Suit adjustment and fit of the Neris Kayak Drysuit.
The suit can be adjusted using velcro on the neoprene cuffs of the wrist, the waist cuff, and also the ankles can be adjusted.
The lower leg adjustment allows for the socks to be put into your boots and the outer pulled down ad secured around you boots.
All in all this is a really well made, durable drysuit that will keep you dry no matter what sport you are participating in. It’s a worthy investment due to its design and durability.
The standard suit costs £519 or with the Pee Zip £549.
All of these suits are made in the Ukraine and shipped to Neris Uk for delivery to yourself, so is best to contact Neris UK directly for lead times.
A big thank you to Jodi from Three Rivers Pitch and Paddle in Geldeston, Norfolk for being the model for the day and allowing me to regularly use the facilities there.