The Fall 2013 Patagonia R2 Chest Zip Wetsuit is finally here. The versatile wetsuit returned and upgraded. With high-quality neoprene and a merino wool lining, the new R2® Front-Zip Full Suit offers excellent comfort and flexibility with a contoured 3-panel hood with an adjustable cord to seal in the heat. Features include anatomical patterning, 100% external seam sealing to eliminate leaks, a heavyweight wool lining in the torso and thighs for warmth, and a lighter weight(orange) lining in the hood, sleeves and legs for increased performance and stretch. With simplified entry and enlarged PVC-free kneepads for long-lasting durability. Critical seams and high-stress areas are secured and reinforced for strength.
Neoprene: Patagonia Hand Selected Highest Quality Neoprene
Seams: Fully Sealed Externally and Taped and Critically Taped Internally
Zipper: Patagonia Front Zip (Chest Zip) Technology
Model Year: 2013/2014
Manufactures Part Number: 87606
- Made with high-quality neoprene that meets our rigorous standards for strength, durability and warmth
- Grid lining: torso/thighs lined with original, heavyweight chlorine-free merino wool and recycled polyester; sleeves/legs lined with midweight chlorine-free merino wool and polyester
- Warm and soft merino wool dries quickly and reduces odor for the garment.
- One-piece front and back panels; internal/external neck gaskets (1.5mm neoprene with a polyester jersey surface and center-front key pocket); overlapped front yoke for easy on/off
- Hood: neoprene 3-panel construction conforms to head for a comfortable fit and easy on/off, adjustable cord provides snug fit around face, Supratex brim shields face from sun and sheds water
- Neoprene underarm panels have nylon jersey fabric on both sides for better stretch while paddling; durable recycled polyester fabric on the outside of the seat and legs; anatomically engineered PVC-free kneepads; wrist/ankle cuffs are made with flexible, durable Supratex material, which helps reduce flushing
- 1cm bartacks, glue dots and Melco® reinforcements secure all high stress areas and critical seam locations; 100% external seam sealing; seams are single-needle blindstitched on the outside with nylon bonded thread, and triple glued for extra durability and strength; critical areas and crotch seams are internally taped
- 2.5mm neoprene (torso/thighs) lined with original, heavyweight chlorine-free merino wool and recycled polyester; 2.5mm neoprene (hood/external gasket/sleeves/legs) lined with midweight chlorine-free merino wool and polyester
- 1588 g (56 oz)
- Made in Thailand.
- Patagonia R2 Chest Zip Wetsuit - 2013/2014 Excellent WetsuitReview by Khaled Khaled
RatingThis is my first Patagonia and I was slightly worried spending that much money on a wetsuit that's bought online (without trying it out first for size etc). It's a great wetsuit, slightly colder (ocean temperature here varies in winter from 12°C to 16°C) than my 4/3 that I used to have but definitely worth the sacrifice for flexibility and the freedom that I get in the water. I highly recommend if you surfing in cold waters as it will make the experience that much more enjoyable.(Posted on 8/26/2014) 2014-08-26
So if you really feel the cold (as you can't handle 18/19°C water without wetsuit) I would recommend going with the slightly thicker wetsuit. But I wouldn't recommend any other brand over this one.
- Patagonia R2 Chest Zip Wetsuit - 2013/2014 1st Time PatagoniaReview by Nate Nate
RatingI've had a few seasons in Flash bombs and decided to try Patagonia. I'm 6'1" and 190 and the XL fits well. I'd say its a slightly tighter fit in the upper body compared to the Flash bomb.(Posted on 11/26/2013) 2013-11-26
Also the rubber is maybe a little less stretchy but paddling and surfing in it, I don't notice any big differences.
The water temp around where I live is around 16-17 degrees Celsius and it's plenty warm.
The lining is very comfortable and keeps you warmer for sure. I did the unthinkable and have peed in it a bunch of times. I just wash it with a little wetsuit detergent every 5 or 6 uses and rinse it with water after every use, no worries.
Overall I like the simplicity and it just does what it's supposed to do without all the neon colors and logos.
A bit expensive but totally worth it so far.
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The staff at Cleanline Surf specialize in sizing Patagonia wetsuits. If you have never worn a Patagonia wetsuit before we storngly urge you to call us for experty advice on sizing. If you have worn one in the past be aware that the sizing has changed slightly and you may want to lean towards a smaller suit due to the increased flexibility. We do have a size chart available below, but please take it with a grain of salt. For the perfect fit the first time please call and speak with one of our wetsuit experts.
Full Patagonia Wetsuit Sizing Chart
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We stand behind everything we make, including our wetsuits. But wetsuits require care if they are going to perform and wear the way they were intended. Patagonia is not responsible for wetsuits that are abused or show normal wear and tear over time. Scratches and fading are inevitable, as are tears from the occasional close call with a fin.
Wetsuit Care Guideline:
- Rinse your wetsuit with fresh water after every use.
- After rinsing, fold in half at waist and hang dry.
- Do not store it wet, or in direct sunlight.
- Suit up carefully. We've selected high-stretch materials for their comfort and function. Avoid overstretching fabric and seams. Do not step on one leg to pull the other leg out.
- If possible, change in a plastic tub or on a mat
Our wetsuit warranty does not cover upgrading your older Patagonia wetsuit to a current model. We are continuously improving our designs and materials, but that doesn't make your existing wetsuit unsatisfactory. It just means that the next one you buy will be even better than the last.
If you are not 100% satisfied with your purchase you may return it for a full refund, or exchange within 30 days of receiving your order.