The entire AMP line was redesigned and is now called the AMP-3.
The new AMP-3 SURF Series suits have stepped up in every way: material, construction and warmth. The inside is 100% lined with AQ3 (grey stuff) and is really comfy and warm.
Hope this helps!
This video is for the AMP-3 WIND (our kitesurfing model) but is identical to the AMP-3 SURF except for the ADS ankle drain system and velcro strap.
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I have a 2010 Hyperflex Amp 5/4/3. I'm 5' 7" 165ish and my MS fits me perfect... nice and snug. It's super stretchy and very warm. I've worn it in 38 degree water with 7mm boots (o'neal) and 5mm drylock lobsta claws and been toasty. I've worn it maybe 14-20 days without issues.
I had a bad experience with Hyperflex boots (poorly made) and gloves (two pairs, just really bad fit, tried M and L). Not to say I wouldn't wear one of their suits, but haven't had the chance to try one on, and I've got Xcel dialed in and fitting perfect.
I have a 2009 5/4/3 with attached hood. At 6'3", 185lb and long arms I had a difficult time finding a suit that was long enough and tight enough in the body. The Amp is great, warm and has held up. My shop told me that the Hyperflex is a local (NJ) based company so any problems with the workmanship will be quick. I did send it back for some misgluing in the neck. It was repaired quick and free. That said I bought a long sleeve loose fit rash guard (XL) and I felt like a 10 year old wearing my Dad's clothes. The wetsuit wearhouse doesn't take exchanges but they cut me a deal on a 1.5mm rash guard. Size is the same but the sleeves are 2"-3" too short.
Moral of the story - Great product but try before you buy!
I've been using an AMP 6/5/4 for the past three seasons. Warm, flexible, an dhas been a solid suit. Seams aren't leaking, but they will soon. However, I'm going into winter 4, and the suit doesn't owe me anything at this point. I will replace it with another, but I'll probably get the flow, because it's basically the old AMP, and that works for me.
I bought this after wearing a Rip Curl 5/4/3 for a few winters. The Hyperflex was warmer (expected as it's thicker) and the sizing was pretty much the same. The fit and finish was better on the Rip Curl, but not worth the extra price tag at the time.
The Hyperflex boots I had were bad. Not warm, and not sized well. I used a few times and now only carry them as a backup pair.
All that said, I was told by a shop owner that carries Hyperflex, there was a period where they pushed out some bad suits. Apparantly they changed prodiuction or something, and for a short peirod of time there were suits that had issues....he cited they ripped easy! Hyperflex made good on them though, any issues they were replaced not repaired. I suspect some of these places that pump stuff out for "too good to be true" prices, may be pumping those bad suits out. Of course this is really hearsay, because it's just something a shop owner told me, so i can verify if it's accurate, but I believe it.
My advise, buy your suits from a shop, and as much as it sucks to do, try one on to get sizing correct. You'll pay a little more, but shops are much less likely to carry leftover, or bad rubber....and if they sell you a bad one, you can go through them and have the situation remedied, as their rep is on the line so they'll want to make good on it. Plus, it'
s always good to support a local shop.
Anyone have any experience sending suits back to HF? I want to send my suit back, will they repair or replace it? The chest panel and back panel are separating at the seams. It is still under warranty...
If you bought it through a shop, I would go through the shop for warranty repairs. If you end up going direct with hyperflex call them first. They'll probably assign a reference number you'll need to include and you may have to include a copy of re receipt.
You probably won't know whether they will replace or repair until they look at it and make an evaluation as to what makes more sense.