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When the waiting pays off: Dan Ross in deep on the last wave of the day. Northern Europe. AL MACKINNON

Yulex® Natural Rubber
Our neoprene-free Yulex® wetsuits feature 85% natural rubber by polymer content, replacing a petroleum-based material with a plant-based one for significantly reduced CO2 emissions in the manufacturing process. We blend it with 15% synthetic rubber polymer for increased ozone and UV resistance to meet our rigorous demands for durability and strength.

The Yulex emulsion removes over 99% of impurities and delivers a stronger, non-sensitizing natural material.
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On reclaimed farmland in Guatemala, this hevea plantation is where our new natural rubber wetsuits begin. TIM DAVIS

We grow our own.
(And we don’t cut down rainforests to do it.)

FSC®/Rainforest Alliance Certified
Certified to Forest Stewardship Council standards by the Rainforest Alliance, our Yulex® natural rubber sources are compliant with strict social and environmental guidelines for responsible forest management. Plant sources are irrigated by ambient rainfall and a recycled water supply is used in manufacturing.
(Left) Rubber tapping is skilled labor that requires a sure and well-trained hand. TIM DAVIS (Right) To protect against infection, a blue fungicide is painted onto recently exposed areas of the trunks. TIM DAVIS

Lower CO2 Emissions
Using natural rubber in place of nonrenewable, energy-intensive neoprene means up to ~80% less climate-altering CO2 is emitted in the polymer manufacturing process.
Belinda Baggs hangs five toes over on an Australian winter morning. JARRAH LYNCH

Ironclad Guarantee
Unique in the surf industry, we stand behind every wetsuit we sell. If it doesn’t perform to your satisfaction, we’ll take it back for replacement, refund or repair.

See patagonia.com/wetsuitwarranty for full details.
TIM DAVIS

The Future of Wetsuits

Yulex® Wetsuits