Thank you all for your thoughts, feedback & suggestions – it’s very much appreciated!
I just picked up a full Kokatat drysuit (albeit with back ‘relief’ zipper) to try out…but will try to find a men’s version with the front zip before I take it out to play in the water. As you mention Quirine, it’s bulky up top to get a proper fit in the bottom. I looked into ordering one with some modifications from Kokatat…but the price tag is a bit…extreme.
I like your idea Randy, of having both for the reasons you mention…especially as I hope to paddle year round too.