The Stohlquist Amp Dry Suit provides waterproof protection for whitewater kayaking or sea touring. It's made with Stohlquist's highly breathable and waterproof 4-layer Twin Sensor fabric. The Amp has a slightly relaxed, athletic fit for full mobility and comfort over a wide range of base layers. The Gripp-Loc sprayskirt tunnel keeps water out of your boat when rolling or going through rough water and waves. The neck and wrist gaskets are a soft Duraseal latex that offer UV and tear resistance. The entry and relief zippers are waterproof and covered with a flap to help keep them clean. The easy to reach arm pocket is also waterproof and perfect for stowing sunglasses, snacks, and electronics. High wear areas like the seat and knees have been reinforced with cordura. The Amp also features fabric dry socks sized to fit, reflective accents, and adjustable wrist and ankle cuff covers.
|Material:||4 Layer Twin Sensor Breathable Fabric|
|Red - M||1001890||0053242257275|
|Red - L||1001891||0053242257282|
|Red - XL †||1001892||0053242257299|
|Red - 2XL||1001893||0053242257305|
|Height||5' 4" - 5' 6"||5' 4" - 5' 8"||5' 10" - 6' 2"||6' - 6' 4"||6' - 6' 6"|
|Height||5' - 5' 4"||5' 4" - 5' 8"||5' 6" - 6'||5' 6" - 6'||5' 6" - 6'|
This suit has been very effective in keeping me dry. I've been practicing kayak rolls with no water entry to the suit. The material initially beaded up water, but now the water wets the material. Still there is no water entry. The zipper starts down the right arm which took me a little while to learn how to pull it straight for closing. I like the zipper protection and the skirt apron. I am pleased with this product.
I am surprised that there are not too many reviews of this suit. In my option, his drysuit is overlooked. It's price range is somewhat lower that Kokatat, NRS, and other suits, but it is a high quality piece of gear, every bit as good as the "high end" ones. I am confident to say, that after two kayaking trips in cold water, it has performed really well, namely the two things that a drysuit needs to do - to keep you dry when submerged, and to let your body breathe. I took a test swim in 50f degree water, splashing and all, and practiced self rescue. I was dry, 100% of the time. In a 5 miles paddling trip in 65f air temperature, wearing a thin base top layer and fleece bottom layer under the suit, I never felt warming too much, sweating or being "clammy". This must have been the excellent breathable fabric doing its thing. This fabric makes a very soft, hardly noticeable "swoosh" noise when paddling. I find it both quiet and lightweight. As to long term durability, I can't speak yet. Stohlquist claims that besides the warranty, they can repair dry ware for a reasonable fee, similar to Kokatat, so if I tear a gasket I know I won't throw away the suit. That's good enough for me. As to sizing, I was somewhat in between a small and a medium. I went with medium, after trying both. I am 5'8", 158 lbs. I find the medium is a little big for me, bit small was too tight with all the layers underneath. Once you "burp" the air out of the suit, it shrinks around you and does not feel too baggy at all. Special kudos to the ACK team, for he great customer service, allowing me to try both sizes and returning one. I have shopped here with great satisfaction before, and I will continue to do so.