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Effectiveness of 2-pc. dry suits?

My farmer-john wetsuit is on its last legs and I'm looking for a replacement. I already have a Kokatat Gore-Tex dry top and am looking at getting a full dry suit ($700, Gore-Tex with relief zipper) or 'dry pants' ($215, basic coated nylon.) How well do the 2-pc. suits work? Are they 100% dry, or would you expect to get wet if you ended up doing a wet-exit? Is it just a trickle, or do your pants start to fill up with water? I generally paddle solo, so I will be more likely to spend more time in the water doing a solo re-entry rather than an assisted rescue.