Patagonia R1 wetsuits feature high-quality Japanese superstretch neoprene that you won't find in any other suit on the market. The interior consists of recycled poly fleece constructed as a grid to create dead air space and retain lots of warmth. An internal pullover style neck gasket blocks wind and prevents flushing at the zipper. Neoprene underarm panels are backed by nylon jersey on both sides for better stretch while paddling. All seams are single glued and blindstitched for durability; crotch seams are internally taped. Anatomical, compression molded kneepads are PVC-free for better durability and less environmental harm.
Environmental claims lure customers these days, but not all mean less environmental harm. Bamboo is the perfect example. It can be grown organically and without irrigation, so it seems like a green alternative for wetsuits. The truth is factories typically recover only half of the toxic solvent used to convert bamboo fibers into fabric. The other half goes straight into the environment. Thats why Patagonia uses exterior face fabrics and insulative liners made with 100% polyester. Environmental problems and solutions are always more complex than they seem. Ask companies tough questions. It will help you make informed purchases and encourage the industry to keep finding better alternatives.
FABRIC - 2mm neoprene lined with recycled polyester and nylon
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.
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.