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    flash bomb

    is this thing really that good of a suit?

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    yes, literally dries completly inside out in about 1.5 hrs

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    yeah i got one. completely changes winter surfing. its flexible and ive never had a wet wetsuit

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    Quote Originally Posted by djg8374 View Post
    yes, literally dries completly inside out in about 1.5 hrs
    Bullsh!t... I own a 3/2 flash bomb and the only thing that is completely dry in 1.5hrs is the flash dry liner. The neoprene inside and out takes just as long as any other suit.

    It's a great suit with two issues. 1. don't believe the hype about having a dry suit. You will have a dry liner in a half hour that will make putting the suit back on easier, but you wont have a DRY suit. 2. The flash liner makes the suit a tad bit heavier than other suits with more typical liners. 3. Chest zip zips the wrong direction. Leave it to the Aussies to do it backwards.

    The pro's are 1. easier to put back on with the dry liner. 2. The flash dry liner is comfy and adds a touch of warmth vs typical liners. 3. The E3 neoprene is great stuff, super stretchy.

    If you are the type of person who spends all day the beach doing multiple sessions, or you surf before and after work and don't have a place to dry your suit, it's a great suit. Otherwise stick to an E-bomb or something else.

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    Agreed. The liner is the only thing that dries in about 1.5 hrs the actual neoprene doenst dry..the liner is what I meant...def a good suit if you are going to surf two sessions. I do think the suit is warmer than other suits so I say worth the money. I will say tho I also have a chest zip Excel Drylock and it is the best suit I've ever owned

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    Quote Originally Posted by foamdust View Post
    Bullsh!t... I own a 3/2 flash bomb and the only thing that is completely dry in 1.5hrs is the flash dry liner. The neoprene inside and out takes just as long as any other suit.

    It's a great suit with two issues. 1. don't believe the hype about having a dry suit. You will have a dry liner in a half hour that will make putting the suit back on easier, but you wont have a DRY suit. 2. The flash liner makes the suit a tad bit heavier than other suits with more typical liners. 3. Chest zip zips the wrong direction. Leave it to the Aussies to do it backwards.

    The pro's are 1. easier to put back on with the dry liner. 2. The flash dry liner is comfy and adds a touch of warmth vs typical liners. 3. The E3 neoprene is great stuff, super stretchy.

    If you are the type of person who spends all day the beach doing multiple sessions, or you surf before and after work and don't have a place to dry your suit, it's a great suit. Otherwise stick to an E-bomb or something else.
    Thank you for some actual information instead of marketing hype. I'm still trying to figure out the "completely changes winter surfing" comment. (Does the dry liner have a barrel magnet?) I'm pretty skeptical about the quick dry hype. I've got two xcel 4/3 wetsuits... one is two years old and the other is brand new with "quick dry fibers". I've been using both of them this fall, and can't tell any difference in how quickly they dry, and actually don't care that much as long as I'm warm in the water.

    I agree about the rip curl neoprene by the way...that stuff is from heaven.
    Last edited by mitchell; Dec 10, 2012 at 10:42 PM.

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    me and my friend paddled out and by the time i took my suit off his liner was already dry
    Quote Originally Posted by djg8374 View Post
    yes, literally dries completly inside out in about 1.5 hrs

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    I still have my Ripcurl E3 Dawn Patrol 3/2, had it a few years now, but may be looking into a new suit in the next year, is the Flashbomb a big jump up in quality or minimal difference? Been a while since i've done any shopping around...

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    love my flashbomb 4/3...would totally recommend it.

    & dawnpatrolsup, depending on which dawn patrol suit you have (flatlock or glued & blind-stitched), the flashbomb will either be a massive jump or a huge jump. either way, it'll be an improvement over what you're currently wearing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by njsurfer42 View Post
    love my flashbomb 4/3...would totally recommend it.

    & dawnpatrolsup, depending on which dawn patrol suit you have (flatlock or glued & blind-stitched), the flashbomb will either be a massive jump or a huge jump. either way, it'll be an improvement over what you're currently wearing.
    I got the DP Flatlock, keeping me pretty warm right now, but in Jan - March, there will be days where I wished I had a better suit with hood, so i'll be looking around soon or talking my wife into one for Xmas.