Visit Yamamoto Wetsuit Material Factory Part I

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Visit Yamamoto Wetsuit Material Factory Part I

Posted Feb 13, 2017


Yamamoto Wetsuit Materials Part I

 

At 7TILL8 Custom Wetsuits, we are constantly researching and learning about new materials to use in our custom fit wetsuits. For quality, Yamamoto sits at the top with their limestone-based neoprene. We want to learn more about this magical neoprene and so we're heading out to Japan to check out their production.

 

 Yamamoto Materials and Design

 

Yamamoto Limestone Neoprene Wetsuits

 

Late last year, Tommy Yamamoto (President and CEO) of Yamamoto Corp. visited our studio in Los Angeles and shared with us two new innovative materials to offer in our line of custom wetsuits. The first sample was the titanium alpha II neoprene, a titanium lined neoprene with PU coating he claimed to be proprietary. This process prevents corrosion and leaking of the metal alloys from neoprene. Tommy explained that the ocean is extremely corrosive and the special coating is needed to keep titanium adhered to neoprene. Yamamoto claims that the titanium lining on the neoprene increases blood flow and also acts as reflective material that insulates warmth far better than typical neoprene. So far the titanium alpha 2 material has worked out nicely in our custom prototype. More details on that wetsuit soon to come in march.

The second material offered was an infrared material that increases blood circulation and pushes out lactic acid build up. Tommy quickly explained to us the two different muscles in our body. Red muscles and white muscles. These two muscles have different functions in our body and white muscles pass lactic acid quickly promoting fast recovery. The material is supposed to help transfer lactic acid from red muscles into white muscles. Yamamoto has supplied only a small amount of the infrared material and testing has been challenging. We'll be grabbing more of this material to test properly when we're out in Japan.

 

Yamamoto Wetsuit Testing

 

Yamamoto has always provided detailed information about their wetsuit materials but as custom craftsmen, we'd like to find out how this magical neoprene gets created. 

We want to hear from you as well. Tell us what you would be interested in learning about Yamamoto. We will take down your questions and follow up with answers in our part II article after we visit the Yamamoto factory.

Leave your question in the comment field below or email us at info@7till8.com

7 comments

  • 7TILL8 : February 15, 2017

    Hey Ron Beck, we actually do tape our seams internally with a flexible neoprene tape in all of our Yamamoto SAFA line of custom wetsuits and also our DEEP scuba diving custom wetsuit. We totally agree that not taping will create pinholes and that is why we made sure to include the hand taping in all of our surf wetsuits and the DEEP Dive suit.

    Check out the SAFA line here:
    https://7till8.com/collections/yamamoto-custom-line

    Thanks for bringing that problem up and feel free to share more concerns!

  • Jakes: February 15, 2017

    What is the weight difference between traditional petroleum based neoprene wetsuits and yamamoto when wet? Surfing extremely cold water, weight is a huge issue when wearing lots of rubber.

  • Ron Beck: February 14, 2017

    Why aren’t you using a flexible tape to seal the wetsuits? Gluing and blind stitching always leaks. In a high end wetsuit, I expect it to have double taped or liquid neoprene sealed seams.

  • Stan Asato: February 14, 2017

    Are they considering other alternatives to neoprene such as the Yulex that Patagoina is offering?

  • H. Blayer: February 14, 2017

    What are they doing to bring us a more environment friendly material?

  • tom ellis: February 14, 2017

    I’m specifically interested in boots and gloves. When are you guys going to get with Yamamoto to produce a warm, soft boot that doesn’t have a hard sole, but allows for more “feel” when surfing? And what about gloves? Five fingers or mittens?

  • Ellis: February 13, 2017

    What other new Yamamoto materials are on offer?

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