Made for frigid water: 38-49º F/3-9º C.
White peaks in the distance and winter lefts wrapping onto an empty Alaskan point. Providing unparalleled performance in frigid conditions, the new R4® Front-Zip Hooded Full Suit is made with anatomical patterning and high-quality neoprene that meets Patagonia’s rigorous standards for stretch, durability and warmth. The torso and thighs are lined with midweight chlorine-free merino wool; a hydrophobic recycled polyester micro-grid thermal lining in the arms, legs and hood dries fast, minimizes weight and offers excellent flex. The floating front-zip provides ease of entry and maximizes freedom of movement through the shoulders and chest. 100% external seam sealing eliminates leaks. Other features include a durable, water-resistant recycled polyester outer lining, hidden key loop and long-lasting Supratex kneepads. All seams are triple glued, blindstitched and internally taped at high stress areas.
– Made with high-quality neoprene that meets our rigorous standards for strength, durability and warmth
– Torso/thighs lined with midweight chlorine-free merino wool
– Hydrophobic micro-grid recycled polyester thermal lining in arms, legs and hood improves flexibility and dry time
– 100% external seam sealing; all seams are triple glued, blindstitched and internally taped on high stress areas
– Outer lining is durable, water-resistant recycled polyester jersey
– Detachable front-zip entry for maximum performance and ease of entry
– Anatomically engineered Supratex kneepads; key loop
– 5.5mm neoprene (torso/thighs) lined with midweight chlorine-free merino wool; 4.5mm (hood/arms/legs) lined with hydrophobic micro-grid recycled polyester
– 1905 g (67.2 oz)
– Made in Thailand.
Reinventing the suit:
When we build a product we want to build the best. When it came to wetsuits, we wanted something warmer, more flexible, better fitting and tough enough to withstand extended use. We started with a combination of limestone neoprene, polyester and nylon, like all the other brands, but then pushed further, unsatisfied with just tweaking the status quo. First we tried lining a suit with the Regulator insulation we use in our alpine clothing, but the polyester absorbed water and turned heavy and cold. So we looked to what divers, sailors and fishermen had been using all these years to stay warm in and on the ocean. Wool. Wanting the finest, we chose merino.
the merino lining that gives our wetsuits their added warmth without added rubber. But our patented merino wool grid (U.S. Patent No. 7395553) is just one part of the successful equation. The neoprene we use has a high-density nitrogen cell structure for maximum warmth and durability, the post consumer recycled polyester jersey increases durability while minimizing
environmental impact, and the quality craftsmanship and attention to little details ensures a great performing, well-made wetsuit.
Patagonia wetsuits are decidedly warmer than standard nylon-lined suits. But that’s not all. They also wear longer, dry faster and utilize environmentally conscious fabrics like recycled polyester and chlorine-free wool whenever possible. We make them in four styles R1, R2, R3, and R4 for all water temperatures, and in several cuts for men and women.
It’s really tough to make an environmentally sensitive wetsuit from existing materials. Neoprene rubber is made from petroleum (or limestone) and chlorine. Polyester and nylon fabrics also are made from petroleum. Wetsuit knee pads are often PVC. And the glues used to hold these things together contain hazardous solvents. Some other wetsuit makers use bio-basedfi fabrics derived from bamboo and corn to build their suits, but we’ve looked at these and they are not without their environmental shortcomings. Processing bamboo into fiber requires the use of nasty solvents that can pollute both air and water. The corn used to produce polylactic acid (PLA) fiber is grown from genetically modified seeds, fertilized with petrochemicals and treated with pesticides that pollute the soil and run off into our streams and oceans.We know these things because we’ve studied them and are trying to improve the technology for better functionality and environmental sensitivity. This is where we are to date:
We haven’t found a satisfactory replacement for neoprene rubber, but we’ve managed to reduce the thickness of the neoprene sponge in our suits by lining them with wool, which adds warmth without rubber. Less rubber means less petroleum/ limestone/chlorine, and greater flexibility.
We selected wool for our wetsuit lining because it stays warm when wet. Our fine-micron merino is treated for shrink- resistance and softness using a chlorine-free process to avoid chlorinated byproducts and other harmful dioxins that can pollute the soil and water.
We use post-consumer recycled polyester, which reduces discards, as well as post-industrial recycled polyester, which reduces factory waste. Neither is bio-based because of the environmental harm caused by producing those fabrics. By using recycled materials we reduce the need for petroleum as a raw material.
We do not use PVC in our suits because it contains plasticizers and additives, like phthalates that are now banned in many countries because they are believed toxic to humans and other animals. We have something better…a more durable, less harmful product called Supratexa which is a bomber-knit nylon fabric pad. We also use PVC-free inks when we print our logo and care info onto our suits.
We haven’t been able to find a solvent-free adhesive that is strong enough to allow you to surf session after session with- out your wetsuit falling apart. But we are looking hard into finding less harmful alternatives.
This is a big one. If you can build a wetsuit that lasts longer, you use fewer materials and produce less waste. Take proper care of our wetsuits and they will outlast anything out there. If for any reason they fail, we will repair them.