Patagonia R3 Yulex 4.5/3.5 Hooded Chest Zip Wetsuit

Patagonia R3 Yulex 4.5/3.5 Hooded Chest Zip Wetsuit 5 5 4
SKU: PAT88492
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The new Patagonia R3 Hooded Wetsuit is a major improvement over previous years. Patagonia has nailed it with the new Yulex material, bringing us the most eco-friendly wetsuit currently offered. Add to that the durability and quality you've come to expect from Patagonia wetsuits and you have one of the best cold-water suits on the market. If you're looking for a suit for water temps from 48–55° F you'll be covered with the R3's 4.5/3.5 thickness. The hood will keep you toasty warm and the chest zip entry will prevent excess water from entering the suit. This suit has been tested and approved by our staff and customers in the Northwest, Northeast, as well as the great lakes, and the quality build will outlast most wetsuits, without sacrificing performance.

A stretchy, neoprene-free wetsuit, the Patagonia R3 Yulex Front-Zip Hooded Full Suit is made of 85% Yulex natural rubber/15% synthetic rubber by polymer content; the natural rubber is derived from sources that are Forest Stewardship Council certified by the Rainforest Alliance. Made in a Fair Trade Certified facility. Suggested water temperatures: 48–55° F/9–13° C.

The Patagonia R3 Yulex Front-Zip Hooded Wetsuit is now made in a Fair Trade Certified facility. These neoprene-free Yulex wetsuits are made of 85% natural rubber/15% synthetic rubber by polymer content. Replacing a petroleum-based material with a plant-based one, they offer the same warmth and performance attributes as conventional stretch neoprene while reducing CO2 emissions by up to ~80% in the manufacturing process. Derived from sources that are Forest Stewardship Council certified by the Rainforest Alliance, natural rubber is blended with chlorine-free synthetic rubber to increase ozone- and UV -resistance and meets rigorous standards for strength, stretch, and durability. With new patterning for maximum flexibility and improved fit, the R3 Yulex Front-Zip Hooded Full Suit is 4.5mm in the torso and thighs (hood: 3mm), lined with high-stretch, fast-drying 95% polyester (51% recycled) /5% spandex inverted microgrid; 3.5mm in the arms and legs, lined with high-stretch, fast-drying 100% recycled polyester jersey; the face fabric is 85% recycled polyester/15% spandex. The face fabric and lining are now solution-dyed—using 86% less water than conventional dyeing—and are laminated with water-based AquaA glue that’s free from harmful volatile organic compounds (VOCs). The floating front-zip features a corrosion-proof zipper and asymmetrical flap for better seal; the Salmi zipper is fully replaceable to extend the suit’s lifespan. Supratex kneepads and ankle cuffs provide excellent abrasion resistance and increased durability. 100% external seam sealing; all seams are triple glued and internally taped. An adjustable hood opening has a cord lock for a custom fit. Easy-access key loop included. Suggested water temperatures: 48–55° F/9–13° C.


  • Thickness: 4.5/3.5mm
  • Neoprene: Yulex Natural Rubber/Synthetic Rubber
  • Internal Lining: Recycled Polyester Jersey
  • Seams: Sealed/Taped
  • Zipper: Chest Zip
  • Hood: None
  • Model Year: 2019/2020
  • Manufacturers Part Number: 88492

Product Features

  • Made with neoprene-free 85% Yulex natural rubber/15% synthetic rubber (by polymer content) that meets rigorous standards for performance, durability, warmth and sustainability; the natural rubber is derived from sources that are Forest Stewardship Council certified by the Rainforest Alliance; the synthetic rubber is chlorine-free. Fair Trade Certified sewn
  • Torso/thighs/hood have solution-dyed 95% polyester (51% recycled)/5% spandex inverted microgrid thermal lining that minimizes weight, dries fast and offers excellent flexibility
  • Solution-dyed, high-stretch 100% recycled polyester jersey lining in the arms/legs improves flexibility and dry time; solution-dyed exterior face fabric made with 85% recycled polyester/15% spandex is durable, stretchy and water-resistant; lining and face fabric laminated with solvent-free AquaA glue
  • 100% external seam sealing; all seams are triple glued and internally taped
  • Supratex kneepads and ankle cuffs for maximum durability and anatomic fit
  • Floating, asymmetrical front-zip with corrosion-proof Salmi zipper provides better seal and extends the suit’s lifespan; unlike other designs, zipper is replaceable
  • Adjustable hood opening with cord lock and visor
  • Easy-access key loop located on chest
  • For temperate water ranging from 48 - 55° F / 9 - 13° C
  • 1,565 g (55.2 oz)
  • Made in a Fair Trade Certified facility
  • Made in Thailand


Patagonia R3 Yulex 4.5/3.5 Hooded Chest Zip Wetsuit Terrific productReview by Scott M Scott M
I want to preface this review with how much I appreciate cleanlinesurf shop. The folks that work at the shop and or owners have they BEST customer service. Thank you guys for being around.

As for the suit I love it. Lets start off with the one con and one semi con/pro.
It’s not the lightest suit you’ll ever wear. Not even close to a deal breaker but have to be honest. They other piece is. It’s super warm for a 4/3. Like SF OB springtime conditions ain’t fading this suit. Take that for what you will. I needed warmer and I got it.

Pros- Bomb proof. It is durable. The inner lining material is a tad rough but I’m not mad at it. I am so impressed with the fact that it’s from an alternative source rather than polyurethane. The suit is flexible, easy to get in and out of after they first wear. Zips up easy. Fit is true to size.I love this thing and I can only imagine them getting better.

These suits are expensive but bottom line is it’s simple demand and supply. More people pay a few more bucks the more the supply goes up and the price in theory will lower. We as surfers(for the most part) care about the water we are swimming in,no skin off my back to shell out a little more coin to show that.
(Posted on 5/19/2020) 2020-05-19
Patagonia R3 Yulex 4.5/3.5 Hooded Chest Zip Wetsuit good suit (great in terms of planet)Review by Ceejay Ceejay
Got this suit in spring 2019 but after a month or so realized I was getting cold water to the crotch and discovered the exterior seam sealing was cracked. Got a warranty suit and great so far. Gotta love FSC-certified rubber... every purchase we make has to count... the planet is in rough shape, and you can't beat Patagonia for all that they're doing! This version of the suit is an improvement on previous years' versions that I've had: the hood entry is from the side and this keeps more water out. My only complaint other than some anxiety about whether the exterior seam sealing going again (I'm told there was a bad batch of suits) is that when kiteboarding the ankles love to accept water in but not let it out, but this is common in wetsuits. Seems like this version of the rubber is less stretchy than my previous one (from 2016?) that I sold because it had stretched out a bit and was flushing too much, but I paddle surfed my first one (the one that got warrantied) and it felt great in terms of stretchiness.
(Posted on 8/22/2019) 2019-08-22
Patagonia R3 Yulex 4.5/3.5 Hooded Chest Zip Wetsuit Worth every pennyReview by Pablo Punta de Lobos Pablo Punta de Lobos
I'm a weekend warrior. Been using ONeill for about 10 years and have gone thru 4 Mutants 5/4. So was a bit skeptical about changing brands, specially since Patagonia is more expensive and a bit thinner. But now I've used my R3 about 10 times and I'm very happy with my choice. Even though it's initially tougher to get in/out, I feel it fits better, have more flexibility for surfing and SUP, Less water gets in even at 10 feet wipeouts. I was very happy with my Mutants but the 1% for the planet and sustainable wetsuit fabrication tilted the balance towards Patagonia.
(Posted on 4/22/2019) 2019-04-22
Patagonia R3 Yulex 4.5/3.5 Hooded Chest Zip Wetsuit Excellent wetsuitReview by B-ri B-ri
I find this wetsuit is a bit heavier and slightly more difficult to get in and out of, but the warmth, stretchiness, and build quality are excellent. By far the warmest suit I've ever had.
(Posted on 4/8/2019) 2019-04-08

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Size Chart

Patagonia Men's Wetsuits — Size Chart

The staff at Cleanline Surf specialize in sizing Patagonia wetsuits. If you have never worn a Patagonia wetsuit before we strongly urge you to call us for expert advice on sizing. 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.

XS5′6″-5′8″120-140 lbs34.5-36.5″28.5-30.5″33.5-35.5″14.5″26-28″
S5′8″-5′10″135-155 lbs36.5-38.5″29-31″34-36″15″27-29″
MS5′6.5″-5′8.5″140-160 lbs38.5-40.5″30.5-32.5″35.5-37.5″15.5″27-29″
M5′9″-5′11″150-170 lbs38.5-40.5″30.5-32.5″35.5-37.5″15.5″28-30″
MT6′1″-6′3″160-180 lbs38.5-40.5″30.5-32.5″35.5-37.5″15.5″30-32″
LS5′7.5″-5′9.5″160-180 lbs40.5-42.5″32.5-34.5″37.5-39.5″16″28-30″
L5′10″-6′0″170-190 lbs40.5-42.5″32.5-34.5″37.5-39.5″16″30-32″
LT6′2″-6′4″180-200 lbs40.5-42.5″32.5-34.5″37.5-39.5″16″31-33″
XLS5′8.5″-5′10.5″180-200 lbs42.5-44.5″34.5-36.5″39.5-41.5″16.5″30-32″
XL5′11″-6′1″190-210 lbs42.5-44.5″34.5-36.5″39.5-41.5″16.5″31-33″
XLT6′4″-6′5″200-220 lbs42.5-44.5″34.5-36.5″39.5-41.5″16.5″32-34″
XXL6′2′-6′4″210-230 lbs42.5-46.5″36.5-38.5″41.5-43.5″17″31-33″
XXXL6′3″-6′5″230-250 lbs44.5-48.5″38.5-40.5″43.5-45.5″17.5″31-33″

Full Patagonia Wetsuit Sizing Chart


Patagonia Ironclad Guarantee

We stand behind everything we make, including our wetsuits. But wetsuits require care if they are going to perform and wear the way they were intended. Patagonia is not responsible for wetsuits that are abused or show normal wear and tear over time. Scratches and fading are inevitable, as are tears from the occasional close call with a fin.

Wetsuit Care Guideline:

  • Rinse your wetsuit with fresh water after every use.
  • After rinsing, fold in half at waist and hang dry.
  • Do not store it wet, or in direct sunlight.
  • Suit up carefully. We've selected high-stretch materials for their comfort and function. Avoid overstretching fabric and seams. Do not step on one leg to pull the other leg out.
  • If possible, change in a plastic tub or on a mat

Our wetsuit warranty does not cover upgrading your older Patagonia wetsuit to a current model. We are continuously improving our designs and materials, but that doesn't make your existing wetsuit unsatisfactory. It just means that the next one you buy will be even better than the last.


Returns are easy! We understand that in some situations returns or exchanges may be necessary. We also want you to be stoked on your purchase. 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. Items must be in new condition with original tags and packaging.

Please make sure your wetsuit fits before taking it in the water. We are not able to take returns or exchanges on used wetsuits.

Please reference our full Return Policy.

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