This year we reformulated the Yulex® material in our spring suits, making them lighter, stretchier and more comfortable. Made of 85% natural rubber/15% synthetic rubber by polymer content that replaces a petroleum-based material with a plant-based one, they offer 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, we blend the natural rubber with chlorine-free synthetic rubber to increase ozone- and UV-resistance and meet our rigorous standards for strength, stretch and durability. Providing comfort, flexibility and sun protection with minimal weight, the neoprene-free R1® Lite Yulex® Long John is 2mm throughout, with a high-stretch, fast-drying 100% recycled polyester lining; the face fabric is 88% recycled polyester/12% spandex. The face fabric and lining are now solution-dyed—using 86% less water than conventional dyeing—and are laminated with water-based AquaA™ glue that’s free from harmful volatile organic compounds (VOCs). An open-arm design offers full freedom of motion for paddling, and the center-back zip allows simple entry and exit. Soft and durable Supratex kneepads flex easily and provide additional comfort against a board deck. All seams have flatlock construction for next-to-skin comfort and increased strength. Easy-access key loop included. Made in a Fair Trade Certified™ facility. Suggested water temperatures: 18–23° C.
Patagonia Men’s R1 Lite Yulex Long John Wetsuit
Offering comfort and sun protection for the core and legs while maintaining full freedom of movement for paddling, the stretchy, neoprene-free R1® Lite Yulex® Long John is made from 85% Yulex natural rubber/15% synthetic rubber by polymer content; interior lining is 100% recycled polyester. Suggested water temperatures: 18°–23° C. Fair Trade Certified™ sewn.