Patagonia's, neoprene-free Yulex wetsuits are made of 85% natural rubber/15% synthetic rubber. 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.
Yulex: a responsibly-sourced and high-performance material
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 while meeting their rigorous standards for strength, stretch and durability.
Anatomically-designed for a blend of warmth and flex
With an anatomical, performance-focused design that maximizes comfort and flexibility while minimizing weight, the R3 Yulex Front-Zip Full Suit is 4.5mm in the torso and thighs, 3.5mm in the arms and legs. The torso is lined with a high-stretch, fast-drying 51% recycled polyester inverted microgrid, while the arms and legs are lined with high-stretch, fast-drying 100% recycled polyester jersey. The suit's face fabric is 85% recycled polyester.
Easy to get in and out of with a huge range of movement
The Yulex R3 women's wetsuit uses a floating front-zip, featuring 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.
A durable construction that's built to last
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 ideal water temperatures of 48 to 55°F or 9 to 13°C.
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