Patagonia is a company that has as far back as I can remember put the environment high on the list of their priorities and has become kind of a synonym for an environmentally aware company. They have been that way long before that was “the cool thing to do” (like it is today), and they stayed on the frontline of the eco movement until today. For instance – Patagonia was one of the “1% For the Planet” founders. 1% for the planet is an alliance of companies that commit at least 1% of their total sales to the environment. Patagonia gives 1% of their total sales or 10% of the profits, whichever is more. And Patagonia wetsuits are as environmentally friendly as they can be.
Patagonia was founded by Yvon Chouinard in 1972 and is based in Ventura, California. They are not strictly a wetsuit company, they started as a clothing company which mainly focused on outdoor clothing. From there they have spread to other fields including wetsuits.
Their wetsuits are basically made for surfing but can of course be used in other sports. Where is the “green” in Patagoina wetsuits? Patagoina started using limestone based neoprene from Japan (instead of neoprene based on oil), they use neoprene lining that blends merino wool with recycled polyester, they claim that the result is a wetsuit that is warmer than any other on the market and therefore they can use less neoprene and further save the environment etc…
How warm are Patagonia wetsuits?
According to their website you can wear Patagonia wetsuits:
- a wetsuit made out of 2 mm unlined neoprene wetsuit in 65-75° F / 18-23 C water,
- a wetsuit made out of 2mm neoprene lined with chlorine-free merino wool in 55-65° F / 12-18 C water,
- a wetsuit made out of 3mm neoprene lined with chlorine-free merino wool in 48-55° F / 8-12 C water and
- a wetsuit that has chest/back 5mm, legs/arms 4mm, hood 3mm neoprene lined with chlorine-free merino wool in 38-48° F / 3-8 C water.
So far I did not have the chance to try one of the Patagonia wetsuits and test their water temperature and wetsuit thickness chart. If I come across a Patagonia wetsuit I’ll post a review in the wetsuit reviews section.
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