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Wishing there was a women's R5 wetsuit!
Thank you for constantly improving your gear Patagonia! Glad for a chance to provide input and so here goes.... While the material is soft and comfortable and the wetsuit does the job and keeps me warm while surfing in windy New England conditions -- I do go out all year round and would have preferred an R5. I am not alone in being a woman who surf... Read Mores (or dives) in the winter and this begs the question, "Why isn't Patagonia making an R5 for women?" The other factor that keeps this wetsuit from getting 5-stars is the suit's narrow shoulders and tight arms. Man, is it hard to peel off after a session!! The first time I wore it I was nearly in tears trying to get out of the suit after leaving the water. It has stretched a little after about a dozen wears, but without a rash guard underneath, I find it super challenging to get out of this suit. Broader shoulders and/or strategically placed pull tabs would make this wetsuit a winner all around! (Pull tabs on the wrists to pull the sleeves over gloves would also be an amazing addition for mittened winter surfers!)
Thanks for the detailed feedback. We'll let our surf team know your suggestions for the pull tabs and the fit.
Love Patagonia, but not this suit
I was super stoked to try this suit, as I'm very supportive of Patagonia and how they operate as a company . Much as I wanted the sustainability this suit provides, it just doesn't fit well on me. I normally wear an O'Neill size 10, which fits perfectly. This size 10 fit well up to the bust (I'm a 38" DD, American size), b... Read Moreut was so tight over the chest it required a fair bit of a valiant effort to pull up. It was then, of course, too tight across the shoulders, as well. The hood was the worst, 'tho. The neck is tight. Really tight. Aggressively choking you tight. Pulling the hood down, which is how I surf 95% of the time, actually makes it worse. After having my roomie help me escape from the suit I sent it back and tried a size 12. The 12 was too big up to the bust, better over the bust and shoulders, but still hostile to the idea of breathing. I should also mention that when the hood is up, the chin part fits so high and tightly that it pushed my bottom lip up almost under my top lip. I'm not confident I could open my mouth enough to get that big gasp of air that sees one through the occasional a*-handing. That being said, the non-choky parts of the suit were super cozy and definitely felt like they would have been warm enough in PNW waters. If you know already that Patagonia suits fit you well, or you'd just like a highly entertaining fitting session, I actually would recommend giving this suit a go. It just wasn't for me. Know what doesn't choke you? A mask. Stay healthy, everyone! :)
Warm and comfy!
Bought 3 Patagonia R4 wetsuits for self, husband and daughter. Wow! We all love them. Northern Washington Strait of Juan de Fuca water is no match for this wetsuit. We've worn them surfing and SUPing and wow. Comfortable and warm. My daughter and I do need help getting the hood off - it's really difficult - but it's getting easier wi... Read Moreth time. We used the size chart and my 5'8" 140 lb husband got the small and my daughter and I are both 5'4" / 5'6" and 117 lbs and the size 6 is perfect. Yay. We purchased them from a Patagonia dealer in Oregon. Couldn't be happier!
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