Patagonia’s R2 wetsuit

Patagonia’s steps toward manufacturing a greener neoprene include incorporating limestone instead of oil as a base for its wetsuit fabric. The company touts suits like the Men’s R2 Short-Sleeved to be warmer as well as more environmentally conscious: A high closed-cell ratio adds dead air space to increase warmth.

Additional eco touches include PVC-free kneepads and a chlorine-free wool suit liner. Patagonia Men’s R2 Short-Sleeved Full Suit costs $510.

—Stephen Regenold

This product is a part of a series of “Green Gear” highlighted on Gear Junkie and an accompanying article on ESPN this week. See all the featured products below.

Stephen Regenold

Stephen Regenold is Founder of GearJunkie, which he launched as a nationally-syndicated newspaper column in 2002. As a journalist and writer, Regenold has covered the outdoors industry for two decades, including as a correspondent for the New York Times. A father of five, Regenold and his wife live in Minneapolis.