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Women's Drysuits

I am planning on getting a drysuit for paddling this spring in the 40-degree water on the east coast and am debating about the drop-seat versus men's relief zipper addition. Any women out there with experience with these options? I am paddling a Valley Pintail with an ocean cockpit and pretty snug padding on the hips. Is the zipper on the drop seat uncomfortably bulky? How much of a challenge is using the relief zipper/funnel option? Any thoughts or opinions would be greatly appreciated.

By the way (aha, that must be what that BTW code means :-), are there any women paddlers out there? We don't seem to post much on the bulletin board, but I read it all the time. Great info!

Hope to hear from some fellow female paddlers!
Linda