Ridge Wetsuits | Custom Surf Wetsuits

Material

Ridge Wetsuits uses the best Yamamoto neoprene from Japan.This material is derived from Limestone containing up to 99.7% calcium carbonate, not petrochemicals. Yamamoto neoprene uses nitrogen infused closed cells that are packed together at an extremely high density. Each individual cell is filled with nitrogen gas to prevent water penetration and increase heat retention. The nitrogen closed cell content is over 94% which is 30% higher than most petroleum based materials. With virtually no water absorption the weight of this rubber remains nearly identical whether wet or dry , ensuring greater warmth despite being 1mm thinner than the competition.
Yamamoto's rubber is both soft and has elastic memory which means our wetsuits mold to your body shape and doesn't get loose over time. It has an elongation of 480-580%. Because of this micro-cell structure, limestone neoprene provides several serious distinct advantages to the functionality of wetsuits compared to the traditional oil-based neoprene: •
  • It is more impermeable • •
  • It is lighter in weight • •
  • It is warmer • •
  • It is more durable • •
  • It is super stretchy
  • Titanium Alpha

    The entire wetsuit is lined with a super thin titanium heat retaining film. It reflects your body heat and also keeps out the cold.
    Your thermal heat is reflected back to you—increasing heat retention by an amazing 40%.

    Optional Zirconium lining

    Some of our models use Aero Zirconium lining. It is a plush-lined (fluffy) material that is extremely warm and fast-drying.
    Its yarn reflects the body's infrared light, doubling warmth efficiency. As a result, the wetsuit feels dry, even when completely submerged in water.

    Yamamoto's Neoprene is Greener

    Like any oil-based neoprene, the production of limestone neoprene is an energy-intensive process. However, Yamamoto, the main producer of limestone neoprene, argues that its production process uses one-tenth of the heat used in refining petroleum. This heat is made from burning used tires and using hydroelectric power sourced from several local dams, and any waste heat is then reused to power a local eel nursery. The fact that Yamamoto's neoprene is considerably warmer due to its high micro-cell structure also means that less neoprene is needed in the production of a wetsuit. In other words, 2mm limestone neoprene is as warm as a typical 3mm sheet of neoprene made from oil, which means there is less neoprene needed and less of an environmental impact.
    Because of the durability of limestone neoprene, wetsuits made from it tend to last 2 to 3 times longer than wetsuits made from oil-based neoprene. Lasting suits reducing the 'turnover' rate of wetsuits, which means less wetsuits will end up as landfill if constructed from limestone neoprene, as opposed to oil-based neoprene. In this regard limestone is definitely more sustainable than other neoprene.

    So...Yes, limestone neoprene is arguably more eco-friendly than oil based neoprene, but there's a long way to go before neoprene can be truly green!