VAIKOBI'S SUSTAINABILITY INITIATIVES //

The natural world is our playground. As professional paddlers, sailors, and ocean performance athletes, we are in awe of the beauty around us from the second we hit the water. Protecting and preserving the environments we are lucky enough to enjoy is integral to our personal and business values. In maintaining this pride as a sustainable brand, we’ve implemented the following initiatives to lessen our industrial impact on the planet.
We promote innovative design and careful fabrication

Our products are crafted thoughtfully to ensure longevity and durability. We use high-quality materials, deliberate construction techniques, and abrasion-resistant textiles to create lasting gear. Our design practices aim to maximise and extend product life cycles to stop preventable waste from ending up in landfill. 

Vaikobi constructs lightweight gear with less material for heightened comfort and performance, without the added environmental impact of excess bulk.

We believe that innovation plays a critical role in harnessing new ways to mitigate resource usage. For example, our FlexForce wetsuits have a thin reflective layer of metallic element. This innovation returns more body heat to the wearer resulting in a thinner, lighter suit with less material for the same warm-keeping effect.

We recycle with the Zero Waste Box System™ from TerraCycle® (Australia)

Obtaining and processing new resources from the planet to make products from scratch is an energy-intense process. Neoprene is a synthetic rubber with flexible, water-resistant, and insulating properties, making it the most suitable material for creating wetsuit products. In its most basic form, it is made from the polymerization of chloroprene derived from petroleum or limestone. Recycling neoprene helps to reduce the exploits on climate in the initial extraction process by reusing existing materials.   

In recognizing the importance of recycling neoprene, Vaikobi has installed a TerraCycle® drop-off box at our Warriewood Headquarters on Sydney’s northern beaches. We invite our customers to drop off their old Vaikobi gear and unwanted wetsuit products in this designated carton, where it is then collected, sorted, and recycled. Customers who use the TerraCycle® box will receive a 10% discount on a new purchase. The Zero Waste Box System™ is an all-inclusive recycling solution that manages waste that your traditional household recycling services don’t accept. purchase. The Zero Waste Box System™ is an all-inclusive recycling solution that manages waste that your traditional household recycling services don’t accept. 

Want to know what we can and cannot recycle at Vaikobi? Click here to find out more.

We use responsible packaging and disposing of packaging

We have seen the impact of plastic waste polluting our streets, rivers and beaches. One hundred percent of our online shopping orders are shipped using bags made from 100% plastic pollution, and no virgin plastic. The packaging brand ‘Pollastic’ works with coastal communities that are impacted by the compounding effects of pollution and poverty, to remove plastic pollution from their beaches and riverways before it reaches the ocean. It is then recycled into packaging. Pollastic is also 200% carbon offset and traceable to source. 

For Vaikobi’s custom, team, and event orders, products are consolidated into larger cartons with only one Polybag liner. This liner eliminates the need for individual poly bags used to wrap separate garments when ordered in large numbers by athletes and retailers. 

All product packaging waste is recycled through our local commercial waste partners. 

We use REACH compliant neoprene

Vaikobi adheres to REACH compliant standards in our neoprene products. REACH stands for the Registration, Evaluation, Authorization, and restriction of Chemicals that regulates product quality. Our wetsuits, base layers, and boots use only materials that don’t rely on harmful chemical additives to retain water-repellent qualities; instead, we rely on the inherent and natural properties of our yarns and fabrics.  

As neoprene is a composite material that uses chemical treatment in its production, knowing your product is safe to wear and dispose of is a critical consideration that REACH compliance satisfies, giving peace of mind to our ocean sports community when selecting products that do right by consumers and the planet. 

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We engage a sustainability consultant

To help us play our part in a more sustainable future, Vaikobi has engaged a sustainability consultant. Regular consultations ensure we strive for best practices and continue to innovate across all areas of our business. For more information about sustainability at Vaikobi, please contact  sales@vaikobi.com

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UNISEX / MENS - METRIC SIZES

Size HEIGHT (CM) WEIGHT (KG) CHEST (CM) WAIST (CM) HIPS (CM)
XXS   161 167  54 58 76 81 62 66 78 82
XS   165 172  56 63 82 87 66 70 82 89
S   169  176  61 68 88 96 71 76 90 96
M   174 181  66 73 97 104 77 85 97 102
L   178  185  76 85 106 114 86 95 103 108
XL   183  190  86 95 116 122 96 105 109 115
XXL   187  194  96 105 124 132 106 114 116 122

UNISEX / MENS - IMPERIAL SIZES

Size HEIGHT (Feet + Inches) WEIGHT (Pounds) CHEST (Inches) WAIST (Inches) HIPS (Inches)
XXS   5'3"  5'6"  119 128 30 32 24.5 26 30.5 32.5
XS   5'5"  5'8"  123 139 32 34.5 26 27.5 32.5 35
S   5'7"  5'9"  135 150 34.5 38 28 30 35.5 38
M   5'9"  5'11"  146 161 38 41 30 33.5 38 40
L 5'10"  6'8"  168 187 41.5 45 34 37.5 40.5 42.5
XL 6'  6'3"  190 209 45.5 48 38 41.5 43 45.5
XXL 6'2"  6'4"  121 232 49 52 41.5 55 45.5 48

YOUTH - METRIC SIZES

Size

HEIGHT (CM)

WEIGHT (KG) CHEST (CM) WAIST (CM)     HIPS     (CM)
Y-S 132 139 30 34 60 65 56 61 68 72
Y-M 140 148  33 39 65 71 61 68 72 78
Y-L 147 155  40 47 70 76 67 73 77 84
Y-XL 152 162 47 54 75 82 72 79 83 89

 

YOUTH - IMPERIAL SIZES

Size

HEIGHT (IN)

WEIGHT (LB) CHEST (IN)

WAIST (IN)

    HIPS     (IN)
Y-S 4'3" 4'8" 66 75 24 26 24 26 27 28
Y-M

4'5"

4'8"  73 86 26 28 26 28 28 31
Y-L

4'8"

5'  88 104 28 30 28 30 30 33
Y-XL 5' 5'4" 104 119 30 32 30 32 33 35

Fit Tips

If one of your body measurements is in between two sizes, order the smaller size for a tighter fit or the larger size for a looser fit. If your body measurements for hips and waist correspond to two different suggested sizes, order the one indicated by your hip measurement.

How To Measure

WAIST: Measure around the narrowest part (typically where your body bends side to side), keeping the tape horizontal.
HIPS: Measure around the widest part of your hips, keeping the tape horizontal.
CHEST: Measure the fullest area of your chest. Stand up straight and breath normally.

 

 

Vaikobi size guide