Patagonia´s new, neoprene-free Yulex® wetsuits are made of 85 % natural rubber and 15 % synthetic rubber by polymer content.
Replacing a petroleum-based material with a plant-based one, they offer the same warmth and 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 blends the natural rubber with chlorine-free synthetic rubber to increase ozone and UV resistance, and meet their rigorous standards for strength, stretch and durability.
With an anatomical, performance-focused design that maximizes comfort and flexibility while minimizing weight, the R3® Yulex Front-Zip Full Suit is 4.5 mm in the torso and thighs, lined with high-stretch, fast-drying 51 % recycled polyester, 44 % polyester and 5 % spandex inverted microgrid, 3.5 mm in the arms and legs, lined with high-stretch, fast-drying 100 % recycled polyester jersey, the face fabric is 85 % recycled polyester and 15 % spandex. The floating front-zip features a corrosion-proof zipper and asymmetrical flap for better seal, stretch and range of motion through the chest and shoulders, unlike other designs, the Salmi® zipper is fully replaceable to extend the suit’s lifespan. Supratex kneepads and ankle cuffs provide excellent abrasion resistance and increased durability. 100 % external seam sealing, all seams are triple glued, blindstitched and internally taped. Easy-access key loop included.
Suggested water temperatures: 48–55° F/9–13° C.
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