Yamamoto is a longtime creator of some of the world's best Limestone materials. Many brands knew this but did not understand how to integrate the materials into their offerings without greatly affecting expected margins. We understood before everyone that there was a growing population of surfers who were becoming more curious about the products they were using, and if you informed them about the added benefits of Yamamoto's Limestone rubber, they would be willing to pay the elevated price for an elevated product experience. (Shop Geoprene)
We choose Yamamoto because their materials last longer, aka they provide more insulation over time than any other material because of how it is made. There are more Nitrogen cells in our Yamamoto material and we have better distribution of Nitrogen throughout the sheets to provide consistent and equal warmth throughout. If you have a Matuse for over 4 years the suit is almost as warm as the day you bought it. We have seen suits come back from our customers that are over 8 years old, and sometimes over a decade old, still working and keeping you warm. Having products that last longer is important to us at Matuse because we believe longevity is sustainability.
In addition to excellent longevity and warmth, Yamamoto material is also incredibly light in the water due to the combination of rubber and Hydrasilk Nylon. The rubber absorbs little to no water, and we are very critical on the Nylons we use as they must naturally extrude water adsorption without the use of a DWR (durable water repellent) chemical. The most immediate experience our customers notice is how light Yamamoto Geoprene is when getting out of the water and how fast it dries. This is a great feature for the surfer who is in the water daily and does not want to put on a soaking wet wetsuit in the morning from the day before.
Now in our 17th year, we continue to design for longevity and performance with Yamamoto materials and we take this responsibility seriously. For each new product we create, we continually follow its evolution and interactions, how it succeeds or fails, and move forward with this information to improve the suit's performance without sacrificing durability. In the end, we want to create connections with our products, and this is done through time. The longer you have it, the more you’ll love it. Much #lovematuse