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Zip-In-Half Dry Suit — Equipped with gaskets at the neck and wrists, and sealed shut with burly zippers, a traditional dry suit is about as confining as apparel and outerwear can come. Kokatat adds some relief with its zip-in-two Idol dry suit, which has a zipper around the middle.

It sounds like a simple innovation. But the feature should be well received by boaters who want more comfort and versatility in their cold-water suits.

The zipper sits on the waist under a small fabric skirt. It tracks 360 degrees around and docks into a water-tight garage.

The Idol dry suit is made of Gore-Tex and Cordura and manufactured in Kokatat’s Arcata, Calif., factory. It will cost $1,100 when available next spring.

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Stephen Regenold is Founder of GearJunkie, which he launched as a nationally-syndicated newspaper column in 2002. As a journalist and writer, Regenold has covered the outdoors industry for two decades, including as a correspondent for the New York Times. A father of five, Regenold and his wife live in Minneapolis.