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Arch Rival Dry Suit Rear Zip

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Immersion Research

808 Oden street
PA 15424

Phone: +1 814-395-9191

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Shell Fabric Type : Nylon Taslan 3 layer
Neck Construction : Latex gasket with neoprene overcuff
We started the Arch Rival series in 2013 with the goal of making affordable dry tops and suits that were simple but remarkably durable. By “durable” we mean able to stay dry for season after season of whitewater paddling- one of the worst environments in the world for waterproof breathable fabric. The interior of a dry suit or dry top in use is sweaty, acidic, and usually full of bacteria or mold. Additionally, the fabric is under constant stress with 10’s of thousands of fabric-flexing rotations in the armpit alone in a single day of paddling.

The first step to this process was choosing the right waterproof-breathable mid layer. Our choice is a proprietary, PU based laminate that we developed after 10 years of hard earned lessons about what works and doesn’t work in paddlesports dry wear. The result is a barrier that will not crack, mildew, or peel off the outer shell fabric or start to disintegrate even after years and years of abuse (and proper care). We introduced this laminate in the first generation of Arch Rivals, and we’ve been so pleased with it that we now use it across our entire dry wear line.

The next step is the shell fabric- the fabric you feel on the outside of the garment. We want the Arch Rivals to be simple, strong and affordable so with this in mind there is one place to go- nylon. The nylon we use is a 188 gram per square meter taslan that’s soft and supple but has great abrasion resistance.

Lastly, the 2016 Rear Zip Arch Rival has a brand new fit. We started from the ground up to make an articulated pattern that reduced extra bulk and hard to heat empty air pockets. The result is a suit that fits a wide variety of body sizes correctly- close fitting but without binding.

Arch Rival Rear Zip Features:

• rear/across shoulder entry zipper (of course)
• latex socks
• hot/cold pressed cross seams
• relief zipper
• webbing belt
• all latex gaskets and socks are glued in
• neoprene neck covers and velcro/neoprene wrist closures
• backed up by our legendary customer service

Technical Details

Main Zipper Type : Rear on top of the shoulder
Relief Zipper : Yes
Shell Fabric Type : Nylon Taslan 3 layer
Fabric Weight (G SQ/Meter) : 188
Bootie Type : Latex
Neck Construction : Latex gasket with neoprene overcuff
Wrist or Biceps Construction (Biceps on short sleeve jackets) : Latex gasket with adjustable neoprene velcro closure
Waterproofness (MM) : 30,000
Breathability (Gm Sq/m 24 hours) : 4000

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So here’s the deal. If you’re looking for perhaps the best value in a no-nonsense drysuit that will last for years, look no no further.

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