since I'm bored and you made a list....
flipper231 wrote:Ok, here is the ugly then...
1o/ way too much material so lots of drag
sort of true. the SurfDry definitely felt a lot sleeker and I'd feel better swimming or body dragging in it. but the soul isn't awful...just not wet suit sleek. it is a slimmer cut then most baggy drysuits, though, which helps a lot.
flipper231 wrote:2o/ pee zip is useless and one more thing to check befor you head to sea...and it looksvrediculous
wrong. the pee zip is black, the pants are black, you don't even notice it. and who cares.... it is awesome!!! (Getting out of a drysuit to pee is a pain in the ass) with the pee zip i drink water to stay hydrated as i normally would cuz the pee is a non-issue. it IS another thing to check before you go. can't disagree with you there. but if you leave it open...you'll know right away.
flipper231 wrote:3o/ the soul is harder to put on than the last one I had (pyro pro?)
I guess "your mileage may vary." I don't see how it could be any harder. Maybe different and if you get used to one thing change always takes some getting used to.
flipper231 wrote:4o/ the hole for te hook is ALWAYS useless: does not work with seats, is not centered so pulling on material and if you unhook, you lose your hook inside the coat...So put your waist on top.
Yup. If it doesn't work for you, you always have the option to put the harness on top. For me, with a waist harness. It works fine. It isn't perfectly centered but everything slides once you start kiting anyway (kite pulls the harness one direction on one tack and a different direction on the next.) No big deal.
flipper231 wrote:5o/ this suit is not warmer than anything else, you just need to dress wisely underneath
mostly agree with you here. it IS a little warmer than a standard one layer baggy. That is because there is an extra layer up top. they are not insulating layers but just having more material, traps more air and I think it is a bit warmer. you are right, though, layer accordingly.
flipper231 wrote:6o/ the hood does not drain...
when i kite with the hood down it is a jug of water every time i wreck. this surprised me since they sold it as a self draining hood. then again, i think they mean if you kite with it up. i don't do that. i should just take the hood off (it is removeable)
The upper suit IS 2 layers, by the way. Look at this GIF
if you don't think it is. The upper coat layer is stitched over top of the lower black dry suit layer.
I like it.
It's not perfect, but is the best kite drysuit I have ever tried.
I used to have the SurfDry and that was the best to ride in but sucked to put on and I'd freeze my ass off between sessions. The Soul is pretty sweet. Well thought out.
I never wanted a parka style drysuit, but I think OR just looked at the market and saw everybody else making them...so figured the demand was there. Everybody wants the pants/coat look instead of the CG Survival suit look. <shrug>