My new all season wetsuit for Northern California surf
Just put in a few sessions with the Ms R3 Yulex Front-Zip full suit and really really really like the new design. I was using an R3 from Patagonia's full suit before the Yulex product. I still have it 5 years later with only one re-seaming. The new design definitely is an evolution forward. Love the new internal materials, it dries way way way... Read More faster, holds less water, flushes less often and has a better cut. Overall very sold on the Yulex design.
Chest Fairly Narrow
I ordered a medium. I'm 6'0'', 172 pounds and have a 32'' waist. While most of the wetsuit fits, it's very tight in the chest and digs into my arm pits. If I surf several days in a row, it creates a sore in the front of my arm pit that eventually turns open/raw. I have to use a different wet suit as a result.
I have used this wetsuit for river surfing in about 45-50 degree water this fall. It has been a game changer and kept me warm. I upgraded to the R3 wetsuit after using an R2 suit for the past 3 years. My R2 suit has been used hard and wasn't keeping me warm enough anymore. I have done some repairs myself to fix seams and minor holes from wear ... Read Moreand tear over the past 3 years on the R2 suit. The R3 has extended my surf sessions and added to my enjoyment in cold river water. The wetsuit is made with typical Patagonia high quality. I have also noticed that my new R3 wetsuit dries out more quickly than my old R2 wetsuit. I highly recommend this wetsuit. I will keep using my old R2 suit for warmer summer conditions in the river.
It's great ...but
I love the suit and it meets all of the criteria for an amazing wetsuit. My only beef and the reason for 4 stars is that the Yulex material isn't as stretchy as the competitions premium suits, that said I get at least an extra season out of mine if not more so the durability is amazing. It's a trade-off and I'd rather error on not de... Read Morestroying the planet and having a little (really, it's negligible) less flexibility. That said, I'm happy with the suit and will likely replace with the same when the time comes.
Durable & Comfortable
On my third season with the R3. Fits great - snug but flexible. Been using it for kitesurfing in Baja and it's warm enough for the Pacific side, but not too warm for the Sea of Cortez in the winter. The seam tape is starting to separate on the inside near the ankles, but it's an easy fix. I'm 5'9" and 155 lbs.
Warm and good stretch
Hi, I am from France, 6'4 for 83 kilos, i bought the LT R3 front zip without hood. This suit is very warm (did not feel the cold at all in a 11 degres water, comfortable, not hard to pull out. I was a bit concerned about the paddling but this is all good. As I am 1.92cm, I still wish there would be an extra 2 cm of neoprene in the legs to be ... Read Moreperfect, and it is the same for the other brands, so there is a gap to fill for the LT size to definitely convince all tall guys interested :-). Out of that this is a 5 stars wetsuit, Great job!! Great improvment!! A pleasure to wear!
Perfect for winter in Oregon. Very comfortable, grid fleece is great. I don't feel a single seam, really well put together. Actually paddles as well as neoprene suits of comprable thickness that I've used. It sounds like they've worked on the fit in the shoulders and improved the stretch. The more durable material in the knees is a g... Read Moreood idea. The stretchy ankle and wrist cuffs are easy to roll up to admit glove and bootie gauntlets, but still tight enough to keep water sealed out. For cold days (48 degrees is as cold as it gets here) I often will use a Water Heater Hooded Vest underneath, but this certainly isn't necessary. For use without a hood, the neck is well designed, tight but doesn't press on the throat at all. Has good seams and a burly zipper. Hope it lasts forever. At 5'10" and 160lb the medium is perfect, easy enough to put on/take-off, but still tight, almost never flushes in a wipeout. And they're sourcing natural rubber, so it's a no-brainer.
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