The Patagonia R4 Hooded is as hot as lava.
The R4 Hooded is the hottest wetsuit on the market. The Merino wool lining is not a gimmick. It doesn't itch or stink like everyone thought it would. It just keeps you warm in the water. The craftsmanship of the R4 is top end and Patagonia backs it up with their Iron Clad Guarantee that will buy your suit back if you don't think it performs the way that it should.
Patagonia R4 Tech Specs:
• Chest Zip with connected hood
• Merino internal lining
• Super glued and blind stitched seams
• Ironclad Guarantee
What we like:
You will never be cold in the R4. Patagonia makes strong wetsuits that are built to last. You have to pay a bit more on the front end, but you get it back over time. Their Iron Clad Guarantee is unbelievable too since it gives you confidence to invest in a top end product like the R4. The Merino wool in the hood makes this wetsuit extra warm for cold duck dives.
What we didn't like:
The R4 is ultra warm but it can feel stiff after a couple hours in the water. The good news is that you will be completely hot when you get out even if it is snowing. The chest zipper can slide open if you don't check on it however there is a small loop there to keep this from happening, so make sure you use it.
Why you want the R4:
Patagonia spends the time, money and effort to make top quality products and it is no different with their wetsuits.
Patagonia wetsuits are decidedly warmer than standard nylon-lined suits. But that’s not all. They also wear longer, dry faster and are more environmentally conscious than other suits.
The R4 is best suited for water temps from 36-48° F / 3-8° C
Made for frigid water with 5mm neoprene (front and back torso, seat), 4mm (arms & legs), 3mm (underarms, external gasket, hood) lined with chlorine-free merino wool.
The new R4 has been redesigned with no smooth skin rubber. This adds to the durability and stretch of the ultimate cold weather wetsuit.
All Patagonia wetsuits are covered by the Patagonia Ironclad Guarantee.>