Performance without neoprene.
It took Patagonia years of research and design to solve surfing's dirtiest problem, which is the use of petroleum-based neoprene in traditional wetsuits. Patagonia's answer to creating a truly sustainable wetsuit lies within the Women's R1 Lite Yulex Long-Sleeve Top. This 1.5-millimeter wetsuit top is a great addition for cutting the chill of breezy conditions and early morning surf. It's constructed with Yulex natural rubber for high-performance capabilities and added warmth, but without the petroleum and harmful chemicals required for neoprene production.
Patagonia claims Yulex natural rubber reduces their wetsuit CO2 emissions by a whopping 80% over standard neoprene-based wetsuits. For greater insight into Yulex natural rubber, it's sourced from a Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified rubber plantation in the highlands of Guatemala. This gives Patagonia total oversight over the production process, maintaining the highest degree of environmental and social responsibility—all without deforesting sensitive ecosystems like many rubber plantations.
- Performance wetsuit top sourced from natural rubber
- Yulex natural rubber delivers sustainable warmth
- 1.5mm thickness is best for 65 to 75°F water temps
- Full-length front zipper for painless entry and exit
- Flatlock seams won't chafe or irritate your body
- Corrosion-proof Salmi zipper
- Easy-access key loop
- Q & A
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
- Fit: True to size
- Size Bought: 4
Rafting down in Moab with this thing is amazing. I run really cold so it's perfect for colder days. Also great just to have unzipped with bikini underneath! Fits nice and snug and hangs just after my hips. Arm mobility is also great.