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  1. #21
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    Quote Originally Posted by cresto4 View Post
    funny. i was going to start a very similar thread today except i was looking at the r4 vs. hyperflex amp 6/4. the two price extremes of cold water suits. is patagonia really worth the extra cost? i know they make quality stuff and have a great warranty (though if they make really quality stuff, warranty shouldn't be an issue) but i could get 2 amps for the price of one patagonia and still have money left over. price is only an issue if i feel like i'm wasting $. seems like the wool lining in the r4 might be annoying, too.
    I have an R4. It is very very warm. This past winter, I was sweating most days. It is not the most flexible suit. I don't really have anything to compare it to as it is the only 5 mil suit I've owned, but no flushing issues and no issues with the wool lining. The lining is a little weird at first, but definitely keeps you toasty.

  2. #22
    Surfed all last winter with the Flash Bomb 5/4. Stayed warm for hours in every session, and that is unusual for me. Haven't tried the Patagonia, but can't imagine it being better. The F Bomb is light, warm, flexible, and dries quickly.

    On a second note, I bought a size too small, and am selling my F Bomb, size large. It was used 6 times. Let me know if you're interested in getting a "like-new suit" for a cheaper price. And as a testament to the F Bomb, I'll be buying a new one shortly, just as an XL Short.

  3. #23
    Can't go wrong with Flash or Excel in my opinion... Pats are super stiff rip off's. I love all their clothes. I could pend $50k on everything in the catalog (if $ wasn't an issue). But I sam not a fan of the suits. Which suprised my. I thought that they would be super stretchy and comfortable, but it was the worst suit I ever used.

    Plus it made me feel like I should be driving my new Range Rover to Ditch and paddle out on my brand new $5k SUP, get in everyones way because I don't know what I'm doing , almost kill everyone that gets close to me, then tell evryone how hard I ripped over Apple Martini's at the Surf Club (where all the real surfers chill)

  4. #24
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    Plus it made me feel like I should be driving my new Range Rover to Ditch and paddle out on my brand new $5k SUP, get in everyones way because I don't know what I'm doing , almost kill everyone that gets close to me, then tell evryone how hard I ripped over Apple Martini's at the Surf Club (where all the real surfers chill)
    Awesome. Makes me glad I got the RC.

  5. #25
    Quote Originally Posted by aka pumpmaster View Post
    Awesome. Makes me glad I got the RC.
    Sorry to bump this, but ironically enough, this thread was the first link when I googled "patagonia or flash bomb wetsuit." I've been going back and forth between a R3 and the E4 Flash for the last month. After reading this thread, I'm leaning towards the Flash Bomb. Any additional info would be greatly appreciated.

    How's the RC, pumpmaster? Are you glad you went with that instead of a Patagonia? Anything that you do not like? Best feature?

  6. #26
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    Well. I nursed the old suit through last winter and picked up an excel a few weeks ago....

  7. #27
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    Try on an O'Neil mutant before you pull the trigger. I loved my 5-4 f bomb but it often made me feel like the little bro from The Christmas Story, very little flex. Last year I got a 4-3 mutant with hood and it made my winter really fun and I was so happy with the flexibility compared to the flash bomb. Try it on

  8. #28
    Since Matt is no longer here, and I got a Hyperflex amp 5-4 as a result of his promoting them (and the price) I have to say, I've had the suit for three years ( I only get out 5-6 times a winter, fewer last year because of a new kid) but I love the suit. It was lighter, warmer and more flexible than my O'Neill Mutant 4-3, just an overall very nice suit at a budget price. Hyperflex seems to put a lot of stretchy material in their suits, definitely worth checking out.

  9. #29
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    I wanted the r4 but it didn't fit me because I'm a large man I had to go with the rip curl flash bomb and honestly it's pretty friggen Awesome. Dries fast too so that's a perk if your a double sesh in the winter type of guy. I think the rip curl was 100 bucks less. I've been told tho that the Patagonia is still warmer tho. I believe it. Patagonia knows cold.

  10. #30
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    Go for the rip-curl! Got some Patagonia claw gloves and they are too warm! I sweat like crazy in them, and then when I take them off I feel like my sweat freezes. I know it sounds weird but I think it is bad to be too warm in cold environments. Once your body temp decreases, your sweat will work against you