Immersion Research DryGear

IR is in the business of making the RIGHT gear…

Over the past 10 years Immersion Research has  spent a lot time thinking about drysuits- they’ve made a bunch of them and they are a tremendous amount of work.  During a typical design phase IR spends hundreds of hours working on patterns and sourcing materials. In preparation for production they often hand-make dozens of samples for our athletes to test, with each suit taking days to make. During production they spend weeks in the factory overseeing each and every step of the manufacturing process, and then after they are done, IR staff  has a chance to see their suits come back for repairs, along with suits from every other manufacturer in the business. To say that it’s almost an obsession with IR would be true- and it should be. Making kayaking gear is IR’s sole focus, and the drysuit is the ultimate piece of paddling gear.

Currently they produce some really great dry gear options here is our comparison chart below to help you figure out what will work for you.

GEAR TYPE FABRIC/TECHNICAL Breathability Durability USE
Super Model Drysuit DRYSUIT
  • 100% nylon shell material is light, remarkably durable for laminateis extremely breathable
  • Fabric booties, flexible lightweight T-Zip zippers,
  • heavy gauge nylon used for the elbows, knees and butt, rear entry zip (through the shoulders),
  • glued-in gaskets and an inner neoprene waistband.
  • In addition, we have designed every seam on the suit for ease of taping, we hot press every single cross seam on the suit,
  • submerge and air test every suit coming off the production line to test for leaks.

NEW, looks HIGH New, looks HIGH Designed for active cold water sports & expeditions.  Including: Kayaking, rafting & canyoneering.

SEASONS: Fall, WINTER, Spring

Cold water/region Summers

Like all IR garments, the Super Model is backed by IRs’ legendary customer service and warrantee policy.

Arch Rival Drysuit DRYSUIT
  • shell material: is a mix of heavy duty 410 denier pack cloth in high-wear areas and 70 denier taffeta where more flexibility is needed.
  • The laminate is our proprietary 3 layer WhiteOutTM waterproof breathable barrier specifically designed to handle conditions created by active, sweaty users.
  • The suit has latex booties instead of fabric socks because they are more durable, easy to replace and you can patch them in the field with Aqua Seal.
  • Both the front main zip and relief zip are our standard flexible T-Zip zippers.
  • Every single seam is designed for ease of taping, and every cross-seam is hot pressed.
  • front-entry suit (the main zipper goes across the front chest). Typically, this sort of design allows for lots of water to pour into the boat under the skirt tunnel, REMEDY IR attached a smaller semi waterproof YKK zip the length of the outer zipper flap. This makes the outer tunnel of the drysuit almost as dry as a outer tunnel on a dry top, and also allows you to get the zipper flap to lay flat without the bumps and creases found with velcro flap seals.

HIGH HIGH Designed for active cold water sports & expeditions.  Including: Kayaking, rafting & canyoneering.

SEASONS: Fall, WINTER, Spring

Cold water/region Summers

Like all IR garments, the Arch Rival Drysuit is backed by IRs’ legendary customer service and warrantee policy.

Super Model Drytop DRYTOP
  • The 100% nylon shell material is light, remarkably durable for it’s weight and has great hand feel. The laminateis extremely breathable and completelyunfazed by the brutal conditions found inside the typical dry top.
  • purposefully simple design- long, straight seams that are easy to tape with uniform heat, and we eliminate all bulky 4-way cross seams. Each seam junction is hot/cold pressed, and the seam allowances are hand trimmed to 1/8th inch to keep air channels under the seam tape to a bare minimum.
  • The main body is a supple 70 denier nylon, and we reinforce the elbows with a 330 denier oxford.
New.. Looks High New.. Looks High Designed with a double tunnel to integrate with closed boats like kayaks to help keep the boat dry when skirt is sealed.
SEASONS: Spring-Fall

NOTE: when integrated with BiBS WINTER season also fine.   Currently IR doesn’t offer BIBS just drypants… which do extend the season into winter, but don’t quite mesh up to create a drysuit experience.

Like all IR garments, the Supermodel Drytop is backed by IRs’ legendary customer service and warrantee policy.

Comp LX Drytop
  • We now use a heavier weight “4 layer” Toray Entrant fabric for these jackets
  • Zero 4-way cross-seams for drier taping, lightweight,
  • waterproof breathable tunnel that forms a wrinkle-free layer under your spray skirt,
  • all-glued gaskets, all taped seams are trimmed to 1/8th inch for maximum tape seal.
  • neoprene neck over-gasket, hook and loop wrist closures, zippered semi-dry pocket on front chest, adjustable neoprene waistband.
HIGH HIGH Designed with a double tunnel to integrate with closed boats like kayaks to help keep the boat dry when skirt is sealed.
SEASONS: Spring-Fall

NOTE: when integrated with BiBS WINTER season also fine.   Currently IR doesn’t offer BIBS just drypants… which do extend the season into winter, but don’t quite mesh up to create a drysuit experience.

Arch Rival Drytop Drytop
  • full latex (neck and wrist) dry top
  • main panels of the jacket are made with 410 X 200 denier nylon, finished with our proprietary waterproof/ breathable WhiteOut laminate
  • waterproof/ breathable fabric inner tunnel, low-profile neoprene neck overgasket and neoprene/velcro wrist closures. Like all IR garments, the Arch Rival is backed by our legendary customer service and warrantee policy.
High High Designed with a double tunnel to integrate with closed boats like kayaks to help keep the boat dry when skirt is sealed.

SEASONS: Spring-Fall

NOTE: when integrated with BiBS WINTER season also fine.   Currently IR doesn’t offer BIBS just drypants… which do extend the season into winter, but don’t quite mesh up to create a drysuit experience.

Like all IR garments, the Arch Rival is backed by IRs’ legendary customer service and warrantee policy.

Arch Rival Short Sleeve Drytop
  • short sleeve version of our Arch Rival Dry top,
  • features latex gaskets on both neck and biceps.
  • main panels of the jacket are made with 410 X 200 denier nylon, finished with our proprietary waterproof/ breathable WhiteOut laminate, giving the jacket a solid, heavy duty hand than breaks in very nicely.
  • Other features include a waterproof/ breathable fabric inner tunnel,
  • low-profile neoprene neck overgasket and neoprene/velcro wrist closures
HIGH HIGH This short sleeved top is a great playboater top to keep the boat dry and fantastic for a warmer weather paddle.

Designed with a double tunnel to integrate with closed boats like kayaks to help keep the boat dry when skirt is sealed.
SEASON: Warmer Months of Spring SUMMER & Fall

Like all IR garments, the Arch Rival is backed by IRs’ legendary customer service and warrantee policy

Super Model Drysuit
Super Model Drysuit
Arch Rival Drysuit
Arch Rival Drysuit
Super Model Drytops
Super Model Drytops
Comp LX Drytop
Comp LX Drytop
Arch Rival Drytop
Arch Rival Drytop
Arch Rival Shorty Drytop
Arch Rival Shorty Drytop

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Read Adam Master’s (of Bellyak fame) review of the Arch Rival suit HERE