Patagonia R2 Front-Zip Full Suit
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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).
From perfect points to frightening slabs, New South Wales holds plenty of potential for a full-on, month-long surf mission. With ultra-flexible neoprene and a super comfortable merino wool and recycled polyester lining, the handmade, high performance R2(R) Front-Zip Full Suit keeps you warm through the Aussie winter, offering unparalleled freedom of movement when you're arcing into turns or pigdogging into a backside barrel. Wetsuit features include overlapped front yoke, recycled polyester on the outside of seat and legs for increased durability, and neoprene underarm panels with nylon jersey on both sides (instead of wool) for maximum stretch. Anatomically engineered Supratex kneepads are flexible, durable and PVC-free. All critical seams and stress areas are secured with glue dots, 1cm bartacks and Melco(R) reinforcements.