The Fall 2013 Patagonia R3 Hooded Chest Zip Wetsuit is finally here. A versatile hooded wetsuit returned and upgraded. With high-quality neoprene and a merino wool lining, the new R3® Front-Zip Hooded 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: 88006
Posted by Josh - Owner of Cleanline Surf – 26th Oct 2013
Well, I finally broke down and got myself a new Patagonia R3 Hooded Wetsuit(the new Fall 2013 model), even though my old R3 was still in perfect condition. My old suit has been with me for 2 years and has seen at least 150 (or more) sessions, and I just couldn’t wait any longer for it to wear out before I snagged myself one of the new models. I found a few differences that I thought worthy of talking, telling, and reviewing.
The new suit seemed to fit slightly larger than my old suit, but it is definitely lighter and quite a bit more flexible. The new fluid seam welding makes the suit more watertight. The hood and neck seemed to be less restrictive and quite a bit more “relaxed”. I also really like the new zipper (much easier to engage) and the new zipper stop tab was also an improvement. The only “negative”, if you will, was that I don’t think the new model is quite as warm as the original. In my experiences, it’s always been a trade-off, lighter generally equals more flexibility, but not more warmth.
All in all I was REALLY stoked with my new suit. (All my bro’s in the lineup were asking questions…) Now I use my old R3 for those truly “cold” conditions (air temp 45-55 and water temp 44-50). Ill use my new model for those, what I call , “tropical” days (air temp 50-60 and water temps 50-60).
I hope my experience and opinions will help you to make good decisions for your Patagonia wetsuit purchases. Please feel free to call me if you ever have ANY questions on sizing or about Patagonia Wetsuits in general.
P.S. I still own the original Patagonia R4 for the severely bitter cold winter days of the Pacific Northwest. (when the dry sand is frozen SOLID!!!)
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.