Rip Curl added Rip Curl Flash lining to their 3/2 wetsuit and there has been a significant increase in warmth.
Imagine wearing fleece pajamas under your wetsuit and that is what you get with the Flash Bomb. The Flash lining does dry quickly but more importantly it adds a soft fuzzy lining that is really warm.
Comparable wetsuits to the Rip Curl Flash Bomb 3/2 are the Billabong Solution SG5 302
, the Patagonia R1
and the O'Neill Psycho 1 3/2
Flash Bomb Tech Specs:
• Back Zip
• Flash lining for quickest dry time
• E3 Super Stretch Neoprene
• Seamless Underarms and Shoulders
• Hand Taped Seams
What we like:
Having a suit that can dry out during your lunch break and be dry for the second session is something everyone can appreciate. The back zip makes this suit really easy to get in and out of.
What we don't like:
The Flash lining makes this suit stiffer and heavier than the E-Bomb.
Why you want the Flash Bomb:
The entire industry is copying Rip Curl this year and trying to come out with a new "flash style" lining to their suits. If you want the best, stick with the innovators.
Rip Curl's Description:
DRY IN 15 MINUTES
As well as being incredibly warm, this exclusive new weave technology allows the Flash Lining to be touch dry in around 15 minutes from hanging it up. No more pulling on a wet wetsuit.
Flash Dry is an exclusive new weave technology with 2 engineered layers – the first layer is designed so the water passes through it directly into the 2nd layer. The 2nd layer then funnels the water rapidly out of the suit once it is hung up. Dry Fast – Surf More! And, of course, as well as the rapid dry time the FlashDry lining is also one of the warmest, most comfortable linings available.
For the surfer who wants the best wetsuit possible - No compromises - Constructed with the most advanced neoprene and loaded with the latest ocean technology.
100% E3 Neoprene: The third generation of Elastomax Superstretch Neoprene. Lighter, Warmer, and More Flexible.
Stichless Technology: Having no stitching has 2 major benefits: 1. It allows the seam to stretch further and 2. it eliminates pin hole leaking – which means that a suit using Stitchless technology is both stretchier and warmer.
E3 Tape plus Aquaban Combo:Double taped to create the ultimate waterproof seal. New E3+ super stretch tape on the internal seams allows unrestricted stretch and is the most comfortable seam available. A new low profile aquaban liquid tape on external seams creates maximum durability and seal.
Aqualock Waterproof Zip: We have stepped up the zip technology on the Flash-Bomb suits with the addition of a new waterproof zip system to keep out the cold water.