Before spring hit hard here in the southeast, I had the pleasure of trying out Bomber Gear’s new Women’s Gauley Drysuit. To be honest, my initial impressions were hesitant, but knowing the BG reputation, I gave it a good old college try, and ended up super impressed with Bomber Gear’s innovation.
Here’s a break down of my favorite features of the Women’s Gauley drysuit.
- It’s actually MADE FOR WOMEN! WHOA! Unlike the classic model of “shrink it and pink it” to create women’s specific items, Bomber Gear actually put time and thought into shaping this suit to fit a woman’s body. If you’re like me, and you’ve got curves and hips, this suit will feel like your favorite pair of jeans! While the legs are slightly baggy because of the inseam zip, I didn’t find that to be a hinderance at all. They really nailed the fit, everywhere from my butt, through my shoulders, down to the arm length and bicep circumference. The cut is so comfortable and freeing, it almost feels like I’m paddling naked!
- Total Upper Body Freedom. The inseam zip allows for the most free-flowing, body-contorting, lack-of-restriction from any drysuit I’ve ever worn. With no zippers across the back, or chest, your upper body is totally free to do whatever it wants! This also goes back to the cut, in that no bulky hindering zippers + a perfect upper body cut = total freedom (and therefore, your best kayaking!)
- Bomber Tunnel Seal. The tunnel on the Gauley drysuit is coated with a super sticky, seal on the neoprene. This allows the tunnel to grab hold of your spray skirt, and create a bomber seal for a totally dry experience. You may not think lots of water creeps into your boat via the tunnel, but if you’re upside down a lot, or playing in holes (intentionally or not) water will find it’s way in. This well thought out tunnel sealant keeps that leakage to a minimum.
- Dry and Affordable. The Gauley line is Bomber Gear’s mid-grade series of drywear. What it lacks compared to the premium line (Palguin series) is a little less breathability, and a slightly heavier material. I’ve worn both Palguin and Gauley drysuits a fair bit this winter, and did not experience a difference, at all in dryness between the two suits. The Palguin material is next level. It feels like drysuit made out of tissue paper. This being said, the Gauley drysuit actually feels and performs better than most other brands premium line! It’s lighter, comfier, and just as dry as a suit that cost $300 more from other brands. SO, for the price, this drysuit cannot be beat! It’s that absolute best price to performance ratio on the market. Hands down.
- It Looks Good. The Bomber Gear team really hit the mark when they designed a women’s specific drysuit that doesn’t look too “girly”. It’s not pink, and you don’t feel like an easter egg. The classy and elegant dark purple makes me feel stylish, womanly, and most important, bad-ass.
Check out the entire Women’s Gauley line at http://www.bombergear.com/products/dry-gear
All kayaking photos were taking during the 2015 Girls at Play Creek week in Asheville, NC by Stef McArdle.