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!!!)
Owner of Cleanline Surf
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