About Josh

Josh is the owner and founder here at Cleanline Surf since 1980. He has been surfing and wearing wetsuits in the cold waters of the Pacific Northwest for 40+ years.

Here are my most recent posts

Patagonia R3 Wetsuit Review – Lighter & More Flexible

Patagonia R3 Wetsuit Review

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.
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Patagonia R4 Wetsuit Review

 

UPDATE:
This review is for the 2012 Patagonia R4. There is now a ¬†2013 R4 Wetsuit Review if you’re interested.

Snow on the rooftops

Snow on the rooftops – No Problem

I have been surfing in the Northwest(Oregon, Washington, and Canada) for over 40 years now, and have spent all those years trying to stay warm and get my suit dry for the evening session. Heating up river rocks by the fire to put under my wetsuit cuffs etc, etc, etc… Wool socks and glove liners underneath my boots and gloves, etc, etc, etc… I could go on etc..! My whole adult life has been spent trying to stay warm in the very coldest conditions the Arctic can throw at the Northwest. Well….The Patagonia R4 has finally solved this problem. This is by far the warmest wetsuit ever built on planet earth.

The picture here is one I took after surfing by myself(too cold for sane people) in 22 degrees Fahrenheit with strong offshore winds. Water temp about 46 deg. This was an arctic front in February and the dry sand was frozen solid! We’re talking about serious conditions. I was laughing because I felt like I had tricked the world. For me, my most important tool is my wetsuit, and the R4 is it. Nothing compares for warmth! And that’s not all! This suit drys in about 1/3 the time of most wetsuits and because of the limestone neoprene it is much much more windproof. It’s also extremely durable(like all Patagonia products!) This suit will be hard to improve on.

Josh Gizdavich - Owner: Cleanline Surf