A high-performance, neoprene-free wetsuit vest made of 85% Yulex™ natural rubber/15% synthetic rubber by polymer content, with 100% recycled polyester lining, the natural rubber is derived from sources that are Forest Stewardship Council® certified by the Rainforest Alliance. Suggested water temperatures: 65–75° F/18–23° C.
Providing supplemental warmth and sun protection, the neoprene-free R1® Lite Yulex™ Vest is made of 1.5mm 85% natural rubber/15% synthetic rubber by polymer content. Replacing a petroleum-based material with a plant-based one, it offers the same 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, Patagonia blend the natural rubber with chlorine-free synthetic rubber to increase ozone- and UV-resistance, and meet their rigorous standards for strength, stretch and durability. The interior lining is stretchy and fast-drying 100% recycled polyester, with clean princess seams at the front and back, the streamlined anatomical design holds the vest snug to the body through long sessions in powerful surf. Other features include a 6-inch chest zipper with back flap for soft comfort against the skin, a rolled hem with zigzag coverstitching at the neck and arm openings, and a low-profile, fused-edge hem at the waist. Seams are sewn with flatlock construction for next-to-skin comfort, the water-resistant exterior face fabric is made from 88% recycled polyester blended with 12% elastane for additional stretch. Suggested water temperatures: 65–75° F/18–23° C.
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