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
Posted by Nate – 26th Nov 2013
I'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.
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.
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.