It's more chartreuse. The Kokatat designers call it "lichen", and the reason I was looking up "puce" yesterday was that I was asking my boyfriend for fashion advice, used the word "puce" at one point and then realized that I wasn't sure that was the right word for this shade of green.
And the reason I as asking TQ, who lives in jeans and t-shirts, for fashion advice is because I just heard back from Jordan at Kokatat about my drysuit yesterday, and they're sending me a replacement for the replacement they sent me a couple years ago.
Thinking back to my last swim (inflation test for the new hybrid lifejacket), there was more water in the socks than usual afterwards. That was also about the time I noticed that the gaskets were on their last season too - they were "alligatored" (network of fine cracks that latex develops just before it goes) pretty badly and I thought maybe they were seeping. Nope, turns out the Gore-Tex is delaminating again.
Fortunately, with Kokatat's Gore-Tex suits warranty, "lifetime" means "lifetime" - they're sending replacement #2.
Unfortunately, they've replaced that nice plum color (in fact a closer relation to puce than the chartreuse I'd always thought of as puce) with the lichen and gray pictured above. You can get that or the classic mango-and-black. I was on the fence - neither of these are colors that appear in my wardrobe at all. The lichen & grey does have a certain Brooklyn hipster thing going on (not that anyone would EVER accuse me of being a hipster but hey, I DO live in Brooklyn and I do eat artisanal food at least once a
I was leaning towards mango but I couldn't decide. I figured TQ's the one who's going to be looking at me wearing it the most, and he does have a good eye for color, so I asked him to make the call. He went for the mango too.
Yellow boat, yellow lifejacket, yellow drysuit...gonna have to warn people to bring shades when they paddle with me in the wintertime.