Patagonia wetsuit R2
“The beauty of having an amazing wetsuit is the fact that you can surf out of the way places that are colder, and actually stay out longer and get more waves. And that makes us all happier.”
Keith Malloy, Patagonia Surf Ambassador
Patagonia is know for one of the best adventure gear with environmental preoccupations, and this wetsuit is a proof of it. It is designed for surfers that are looking for a long lasting, warm and comfortable suit. It is one of the most innovative suits with it’s full merino wool design.
So what is so special about Patagonia wetsuit?
First of all Patagonia is an Eco Friendly company. They still don’t want to market their wetsuits as “green” but they use as many recycled elements as possible (recycled laminate exterior, chlorine-free merino wool sewn into a recycled polyester grid as our liner). Building a totally recyclable wetsuit is a big goal for Patagonia.
Secondly your Patagonia wetsuit is warm. It is the only one on the market that has an exclusive patented merino wool thermo barrier through entire suit. The R2 wetsuit, R2 stands for 2mm, we tested has wind resistant chest and back skin that runs to mid thigh. Special wrist and ankle cuts minimise water flow so it keeps you warm and comfortable during long surfing sessions. The design ensures that water doesn’t get in up your cuffs (reinforced with durable supratex to resist tearing). The new, high quality neoprene used in all the wetsuits reduces water entry and guarantees durability. Of course some water gets under the wetsuit but as soon as you start paddling and moving around it heats up significantly really fast.
Third, the R2 suit is super strong thanks to great reinforcement taped hi-stress areas. It has less seams and all seams all single needle blind stitched and tripled glued for extra durability and strength. This R2 has a super comfortable and effective 2 piece chest zip closure system. Some say that the 2 piece chest zip closure systems are old, but the truth is that they make getting in and out of your wetsuit so much easier.
Patagonia indicates that the R2 is made for cool water (12-18° C). The wetsuit did feel slightly less flexible in comparison to other suits we are used to but less flexible also means more durable. The Patagonia suit has also a very different feel due to wool liner. It takes some time to get used to it. One thing is sure, the merino wool efficiently keeps your body warm and dry quickly.
If you are looking for a high quality, warm and durable suit get a Patagonia R2. It’s not cheap, but if you can afford it, pay the price and you’ll have a suit that lasts for years to come.
This short testimonial sums it all up “I was looking forward to try out the Patagonia. I’ve read about the suit, the construction and the materials and I was stoked to see it. For sure it wasn’t a disappointment, it is a great suit that feels strong and durable. It took a little while to get used to the merino lining, it is so different to what I’m used to but in the end I felt really comfy and warm. Occasionally I used it in some days that I usually would take a 4/3 wetsuit. And only after 2 hours I started to feel cold. The R2 is warmer then most of the 3/2 wetsuits in the market. Last but not the least, I am a fan of simple design wetsuits and the look of Patagonia wetsuits are stunning. They are intemporal. I can’t pronounce about the durability of the wetsuit, I would need more sessions with it, but judging by the look and feel of the materials and construction I can say that it will be more durable than most of the wetsuits within the same price range. If you want to stand out from the crowd then this is the right choice. I am really stoked with the R2.”