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Thursday, July 13, 2017


M's R1® Lite Yulex® Front-Zip Long-Sleeved Spring Suit, Black (BLK)Patagonia: With Ventura-based Patagonia, you get what you pay for.  What you pay is a lot.  What you get is exactly what you want.  Patagonia’s gear and clothing looks great, it works perfectly, and it is manufactured as ethically and sustainably as reasonably possible.  Patagonia’s wetsuits are made from natural rubber, instead of from less-environmentally friendly neoprene.  I do not yet own a Patagonia wetsuit.  But I do own a broad cross-section Patagonia clothing and gear, all of which may very well last me forever.  

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Body Glove: Redondo Beach-based Body Glove claims that its founders used insulation from the back of a refrigerator to invent "the first practical wetsuit."  I have no idea whether that's true.  But I do know that the Body Glove logo makes me stop, smile, and reminisce.  Their surfing (or, in my case, boogie boarding) wetsuits brought much affordable joy to my Central Coast surf-town childhood, and that Body Glove's diving wetsuits were there for me when I learned to scuba. 
Volcom: Orange County-based Volcom is a one-stop shop for skater/surfer/snowboarder fashion, from jeans to board shorts to two-piece suits.  Oddly, they do not make full-body wetsuits, just wetsuit tops and rash guards. 

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