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It's a long haul to New Zealand, but a pumping day at Raglan makes the pricey ticket more than worthwhile. With anatomical patterning and high-quality neoprene that meets Patagonia's rigorous standards for stretch, durability and warmth, the R2(R) Front-Zip is a high-performance full suit that provides unparalleled freedom of movement when you're wrapping turns on long left-hand walls. The torso and thighs have a hydrophobic, 67% recycled polyester microgrid thermal lining that dries fast and minimizes weight; high-stretch, 100% recycled polyester lining in the arms and legs maximizes freedom of motion. The floating front-zip offers excellent flex, and 100% exterior seam sealing eliminates leaks. Other features include a durable, water-resistant 88% recycled polyester/12% spandex exterior face fabric, hidden key loop and long-lasting Supratex kneepads. All seams are triple glued, blindstitched and internally taped at high-stress areas.
- Patagonia.com refers to the men's version
Since some of the best surf happens when cooler temps prevail, Patagonia made Men's R2 Full-Zip Full Wetsuit. Whether you celebrate New Year's Day by riding waves off the coast of California or carving along the shores of the Canary Islands, this pliant wetsuit won't get in your way as you paddle out and ride a long hollow in. The front-zip entry makes getting into and out of this second-skin suit easy. A scant 2mm of neoprene, with a little help from a glorious grid laminate, keeps you comfortably warm in 55F-65F water. Wetsuits are just that--wet. A thin layer of wet slips inside to rest between you and the wetsuit. Your hot bod heats the water, and you stay warm. Neoprene consists of a lot of super-tiny air cells, and those air cells prevent warmth from leaving while preventing cold from getting in. On its own, the neoprene on the R2 Wetsuit wouldn't suffice in cool waters. However, the designers at Patagonia added a grid backing to the neoprene for extra warmth without sacrificing any flexibility or mobility. The recycled polyester chlorine-free merino wool backing increases the air barrier that stands stalwart against cold. Internal and external neck gaskets prevent a deluge in your suit. Internal silicon bar tacks offer reinforcements in the cuffs and ankles, and blindstitched, glued, and taped seams hold the panels together. While the upper end of the 55-65 temp range won't tank your tootsies or freeze your fingers, once the water nears the lower range (55F), you may want to consider booties, gloves, and a hood (sold separately).
- Backcountry.com refers to the men's version