Patagonia Men's R1® Padded Big Wave Vest

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With flexible foam panels for supplemental flotation and impact protection, the formfitting R1® Padded Big Wave Vest is made with 1mm and 1.5mm neoprene laminated to high-stretch 88% recycled polyester/12% spandex jersey. Suggested water temperatures: 65–75° F/18–23° C.

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Giant Tahiti or grinding outer reefs, the R1® Padded Big Wave Vest offers critical protection in heavy and hazardous surf. Built from durable 1mm and 1.5mm neoprene laminated to high-stretch 88% recycled polyester/12% spandex jersey, the formfitting design includes 11 ergonomically patterned 22mm EVA foam panels for upper-body padding and supplemental flotation in high-impact situations. Foam edges around the armholes are skived at 45 degrees for maximum range of motion; flatlock and zigzag sewing construction offers excellent strength and durability; spandex bindings along the neck, armholes and bottom hem provide a secure and comfortable fit. Nylon reinforcements at the center-front, back and side provide board-short tie-in compatibility.
  • 1mm and 1.5mm neoprene laminated with high-stretch 88% recycled polyester jersey/12% spandex
  • Flatlock/zigzag sewing construction with Tristar 40W and 60W nylon-bonded thread
  • Laser-cut 420D nylon reinforcements for board-short tie compatibility (one in center front, two on back and side)
  • Custom-shaped, ergonomically patterned 22mm EVA foam panels (11 total) for padded protection during high-impact activity
  • Foam edges around armholes are strategically skived at 45 degrees to optimize range of motion
  • 3.8mm folded spandex bindings secured with double-needle coverstitching at neck, armholes and bottom hem increase comfort and quality
  • 1mm and 1.5mm neoprene laminated with high-stretch 88% recycled polyester jersey/12% spandex
  • 549 g (19.4 oz)
  • Made in Thailand.

Recycled Polyester

In 1993, we adopted fleece into our product line made from post consumer recycled (PCR) plastic soda bottles. We were the first outdoor clothing manufacturer to do so. PCR® clothing was a positive step towards a more sustainable system – one that uses fewer resources, discards less and better protects people’s health.

Today, we’re able to utilize more sources for recycled polyester and offer it on more garments such as Capilene® baselayers, shell jackets, board shorts, and fleece. We now recycle used soda bottles, unusable manufacturing waste, and worn out garments (including our own) into polyester fibers to produce many of our clothes.

Using recycled polyester lessens our dependence on petroleum as a raw material source, curbs discards and reduces toxic emissions from incinerators.

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Men's Padded Big Wave Vest is rated 4.0 out of 5 by 3.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Purchase ever Surfing the outer reefs of Oahu, this vest gives me the extra confidence that I need to paddle in and over the ledge. Its comfortable, not overly bulky were it inhibits your paddling and enough floatation to get you to the surface on those extra long hold down. This vest can and will save your life. Best to be worn one size up under Patagonia R1 spring suite.
Date published: 2014-12-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Big Wave Vest I want to tell you how happy I am with the R1 Padded Big Wave Vest. I’m about to get blasted in the attached photo. I'm wearing a regular PFD. The problem with regular PFDs is that they are sometimes ripped from your body in really big surf, as was the case on this particular wave, creating a different set of problems. A friend sent me a link to the Patagonia site, featuring the R1. I bought it and the first thing I noticed were the size and placement of the cells. This vest offered much better rib protection than the Body Glove vest I was wearing at the time. The cells are also bigger, which gives you more buoyancy. Because I ride big, stand up paddleboards, duck-diving is not really an option. And because I'm on a SUP, I sit in places away from the pack, which often lead to situations like this. I don't like air-tanks or things that require CO2 cartridges. So, if I'm taking it on the head, I want floatation and this vest gives you a lot of it. Great product…I will recommend to all. Wade Lawson
Date published: 2013-11-15
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Great protection/weak stitching I took the Big Wave Vest out one time last season and it came in very handy while entering and exiting the water. There was a pretty heavy shore pound on to some very large rocks. The vest made getting in and out very much less stressful and kind of fun. This vest provided great protection but after one use the right side pouch ripped open. The pouches are all single stitched which seems like a design oversight. This vest should be able to handle just about any pounding without the pouches ripping. I think double or triple stitching the pouches will make the vest much more durable and really make it into a great product.
Date published: 2013-11-05
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