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Ws R4® Yulex® Front-Zip Hooded Full Suit

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March 10, 2023

Pretty flexible honestly!! SO WARM

I'm obsessed, this thing will not wear out, I've had 2 the past 4 years and they feel brand new every time I wear them. The people who have a hard time getting in probably got the wrong size. Any wetty is going to be a challenge the first few times you surf it. This suit is solid - I can't surf in anything else. It's the only br... Read Moreand that legitimately keeps me warm in cold Central to Northern CA winters and springs.

December 30, 2022


Love my new suit, just worn it once but it is very cosy with the textured grid pattern inside. I bought Finisterre's womens suit at the same time and it doesnt feel as cosy and the arms are very tight. The R4 however is comfy from the outset. I'm usually between a 10 and 12, I returned a 12 for a 10 but I think I could have even gone fo... Read Morer an 8. This is until I try to take it off though, where I'm thankful I stuck with 10. I'm 171cm tall (5'6) and it feels slightly long. It has much freer movement around the arms which is great for paddling. This means it does push my boobs in a weird way sideways but that is no biggie. I wore the hood down for a session and now I have some spicy wetsuit kisses on my neck but thats to be expected with a winter suit. I'll just lube up next time. Heyo!

October 16, 2022

Love it

I absolutely love the wetsuit and the quality. The only thing I would point out is that I find it runs a bit small. I’m generally in between size 6 and 8. I ordered the 8 but find it a bit tight around the head/ neck and getting out is a bit of an act ( but then again it’s a 5 mm wetsuit) :)

September 26, 2022

Super Small fit

I normally wear a size 3 in women's clothing, but had to squeeze into a size 8 wetsuit, the legs are good for women, but the arms are super tight. Size 10 fit better in the upper body but the torso was too long. Most of the women I know who surf are usually pretty buffed in the upper body, have a lower center of gravity (short) and arms that m... Read Moreatch the men. I love the warmth, but want a short torsoed size 10.

June 5, 2022

Great suit but could use some more engineering

I live in the PNW and enjoy paddleboarding in the 40F water. I am 5'7" and weigh 165 pounds and am a pear shape and the size 10 suit works great for me. I have enough length in arms and legs and room through hips. My suit stretched after several uses and became easier to remove. I love the comfort of the suit and I swim in the cold salt w... Read Moreater like a seal it is so warm. After 6 uses, the interior collar in the suit designed to keep water leaking into the interior started ripping away from the suit. Some better suit engineering to make this collar more robust would be desired. Otherwise, I love my suit.

Response from Patagonia
June 8, 2022

Hi Rebecca, thank you for submitting this review. The kind of detail you've provided is especially helpful to other customers. We're so sorry to hear about the collar damage! That shouldn't be happening. Please feel free to contact our Customer Service Team at (800) 638-6464, or via LiveChat on our website for assistance.

June 2, 2022

I wanted to love this, but I did not

I wanted to love this suit, but I did not. I love the idea that its mostly made from renewable sustainable materials, and the material in person is super soft on the skin, and I bet would be really warm in the water. But the problem is I couldn't even get the thing all the way on. There is only one tiny zipper in the front at the neck and its ... Read Moreonly there so you can take the hood off. The suit itself does not have a zipper so you have to squeeze your whole self in through a small neck hole. I was successful in getting my legs in and with some struggle got it over my hips, but when I got the bust/shoulder area I had to stop and take it off. It seemed impossible to get my arms in and get the neck piece over my head. I might have been able to manage it, but was afraid I would rip the suit or not be able to get out of it again. And I am a slim, 5'8.5" tall person. The legs and hips fit perfectly, so I assume the top would have fit well too (e.g. I had the right size), but the design is poor. To make this a practical suit to wear, it needs another zipper at the top to allow easier entry and exit. I had to return it.

Response from Patagonia
June 6, 2022

We are sorry to hear about your experience with our Women's R4 Yulex Front-Zip Hooded Full Suit. Sadly, we do not have the R4 available in a back zip option as that style is more prone to flushing when diving under waves which can be problematic in temperatures that cold. We have gone ahead and passed your feedback over to our Design Crew. If you have any questions regarding your return, please feel free to reach out to us [here](https://help.patagonia.com/s/). Thank you so much for your feedback.

February 5, 2022

Too short for tall women

I have an R1 wetsuit, which I love but is barely long enough. The R3 and R4 wetsuits are made for short women (under 5'9") and don't stretch enough for taller people. I'd like to purchase a warmer suit for colder water, but the sizing doesn't work for me. Please make wetsuits for taller women!

Response from Patagonia
February 7, 2022

Thank you for your feedback on the Patagonia Women's R4® Yulex® Front-Zip Hooded Full Wetsuit We are of course sorry to hear that it did not work out for you. You are always more than welcome to [return](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html) any item that does not work out for you.

December 2, 2021

Holy grail fit for a slim build

I surf 6 days a week, would likely take this suit out in 39-50 degree water. I've had and used this suit for the past 12 days or so. Fit This is the first suit I've had that doesn't gap at the midsection, which is huge for me. Like a glove. Holy grail fit. I will likely stick to this suit specifically because a good fit is hard to ... Read Morefind. I'm 115, 32-22-34, with broad shoulders and some narrow wrists (the wrists are actually flush tight, which I love and rarely find in suits). The neck is a little tight at the collar, and has not eased with wear, but the hood is the right height and doesn't squish me when it's up. Love the stretchy material around the ankles that really speeds up suiting up/down. Appreciate the little collar bib that prevents the suit from flushing when I duck dive without the hood. Great detail. Warmth It's a new, thick suit so it's really warm right now. I have noted that the wind doesn't cut through it at all. Winds were strong a few days ago and several others were shivering, even in relatively new suits, but I felt good in this, even with the hood down in brain-freeze-cold water. Super toasty, holds paddle heat almost too well sometimes, I find I sweat in it a little if I've got an especially long paddle, and it can be hard to flush the suit to cool off. These are great features in my warmest suit, but means it's super important to rinse it well because of the stink potential with something so non-porous. Durability/material In my experience, the average suit even with good care will start to really show wear after ~200 surfs -- this suit is still really new, but I have noticed that the glue at the seams by the crotch seems to be deteriorating a bit already which is a bit of disappointment. I'm really careful and patient with suiting up, so this was a surprise. I think it'll hold up for a good while, but if I had to bet, I think that seams/glue will be the component to fail first, as opposed to friction holes, thinning, zipper issues etc Overall, strong first impression, favorite suit I own so far. It's a delight to take out, and took about three 2-3 hour sessions to break in.

November 23, 2021

No Inclusive Sizing

I am 5'2" and my low hip measurement is 43" - your sizing doesn't come close to accommodating my size. So not only do your wet suits not come in plus size, but they don't even accommodate the 'industry standard' for 'regular' sizing. Also, if I were to get your biggest size offered (40.5" hip), I wo... Read Moreuld also need to grow 5 inches. Do people usually gain height as their hips get bigger? I love Patagonia as a brand, but please don't fall into the Skinny People Only athletic wear trap. Encouraging movement while discriminating against anyone with hips is really disappointing.

Response from Patagonia
November 30, 2021

Hi Zoe, thank you very much for taking the time to write this review and we are sorry the R4 Yulex didn't work out for you. We resonate with your frustration and please know we take this feedback seriously. We have no doubts that people of all shapes and sizes get outdoors and can benefit from our products. Over the past several years, we've begun to broaden our sizes and it is our goal to continue this to make our clothing more accessible. When making the decision to create more sizes, one main factor we've considered is the environment from a demand standpoint. It has taken some time to quantify the demand and ensure we are making environmentally responsible orders when it comes to production. Feedback like this is so helpful during this process so we can understand the demand, and we thank you again for that. Please note, all of our items are covered under our Ironclad Guarantee, so you are welcome to [return](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html) this at any time.

June 1, 2021

Great fit and material but why no R5?

I've tested out the suit a few times now and wanted to report back for everyone who is thinking about it. I really like the suit - the ethical credentials of Patagonia and this suit are what drew me to buy it and I would recommend it. I read reviews online before I bought it and was scared that the neck would be far too tight. I'm happy t... Read Moreo report that while the neck is tight, it's not detrimental, and does keep out the water! I'm hoping it will loosen off over the next few months. Honestly, getting in and out of the suit involves a bit of a dance but the size 8 suit fits me like a glove (pear-shaped, 59kg and 163cm) and it doesn't feel restrictive. My major query is why there is not a women's R5 suit, when there is a men's? I would love to know. Thank you and big love.

April 26, 2021

Fit is off

I was so excited to get this suit, the water temperature in my town has been hovering in the upper 40s to low 50s all spring. Im 58, 135 lbs, with a thin athletic surfers build. I purchased a size 8. Im feeling really disappointed with the fit. Some of it is manageable but some it was a deal breaker for me. Im desperate for a warm suit though (and... Read More trying to avoid neoprene) so I ended up taking my suit to a local seamstress to get it adjusted. I havent gotten it back yet so hopefully itll work out. The manageable part of the fit: the hood is really tight but the suit felt leaps and bounds warmer than my 5mm suit I have from another company Im not sure how much Ill use it, I may try to stretch it like another reviewer. The shoulders also were a bit tight but it seemed okay when I tried it in the water. The legs feel fine. The unmanageable part: the midsection! There was so much extra material in the middle I found it hard to move like I normally do when I surf, I went in on my first wave because I couldnt stand it when I tried the suit. For the reasons above on shoulders I dont think I couldve gone any smaller. When I took this to the seamstress, she estimated taking about 2 1/2 inches out of the length of the torso on the front, 1 1/2 inches out of the length of the back and the sides. Im so disappointed its so hard to find a high quality suit for women that fit. I surf nearly every day in cold water and have overall been disappointed with most wetsuit companies with their quality. I really would like to see an improvement in fit especially for the price since there are so many good things about this suit that matter to me (the material, quality, environmental impact).

March 5, 2021

Ditto to the previous reviews

Disclaimer: I have only TRIED this suit on one time and not actually used it. I am 5ft. 6 in., 155 lbs with broad shoulders. The size chart and reviews pointed me to a size 12 for the mere fact that I have broad shoulders and I was scared about the neck being tight and being able to remove this. I was able to get into the suit easily and it feels ... Read Morepretty good until I put the hood on. My neck certainly isn't large by any means and the seam is across the neck in a way that there is pressure making it really tight. I was able to remove the hood myself and thought that I would be able to get out of this on my own but I couldn't. I tried so hard, I was determined to get the suit off my shoulders. I thought the zip design would work and it was pretty easy to get into. I was sweating and came out defeated, I couldn't get out. I also have some extra wetsuit material that is too loose in my midsection and pelvic area because the 12 is a tad too big here but a little tight in the shoulders. I am not going to return this obviously because that would be disgusting after my sweating episode. I really hope that after some use it loosens up and that I can tolerate the neck tightness. I currently am putting a little stretch on the neck hoping that I can at least wear this swimming in the water a bit enough to stretch it out so I can still breathe and that I am comfortable enough breathing when doing water sports!

January 5, 2021

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!)

Response from Patagonia
February 11, 2021

Thanks for the detailed feedback. We'll let our surf team know your suggestions for the pull tabs and the fit.

December 7, 2020

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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