Looking into both environmental and social responsibility, Patagonia, as it stands now, is the only wetsuit manufacturer that is Fair Trade Certified and neoprene-free.
The Yulex line is predominantly (85%) made from natural rubber that’s tapped from hevea trees, which can produce for about thirty years, at the end of which they’re mostly felled and made into furniture.
The 49-degree Fahrenheit water felt so balmy in the Patagonia Yulex wetsuit that I left the zipper (front, chest) unzipped while I was in the surf for over two hours
Patagonia’s newest line of Yulex suits, I might add, is also exceptionally well-sealed, and, as a result, toasty as can be, which is exactly what you want in a full suit when you’re heading into 49-degree-Fahrenheit surf like I did this past weekend.
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