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    new wetsuit

    I'm about to buy a new wetsuit, was thinking about the Rip Curl E Bomb pro. I can find reviews of the wetsuit, but they are all from retailers selling the wetsuit. I want to hear from the people who have worn them, not some sales pitch.

    I'm looking for a 3.2mm wetsuit to take to Portugal and use here in the UK at summer time.

    Any comments would be welcome

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    i've had the e-bomb pro, & it was a great suit. i prefer the regular e-bomb, though. i think it's a bit warmer of a suit; you lose a bit of flexibility & stretch b/c the seams are taped inside & has a liquid coating outside, whereas the pro is only interior taped. both are glued & blind stitched, but that extra sealing on the regular e-bomb makes it a touch warmer...the e-bomb pro is really designed to be a competition suit (hence the "pro" moniker) that's super flexible & stretchy & solid enough to keep you warm for the duration of a heat (20-30min, give or take). if you're gonna be doing long or marathon style sessions, 3+ hours, then i'd get something other than the pro...flashbomb is a good option, as is the aforementioned e-bomb (not pro).

    just my 2 cents.

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    Thanks for the reply, was looking at the flash bomb, but as i'm using it for a summer suit i thought all the lining and stuff wasn't needed. Maybe if i were using it as a winter wetsuit.

    Also i thought that Rip Curl dont make regular ebombs in the chest zip, that's what i was told by a shop?

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    just found this review

    Seems to suggest it wont keep you warm? Makes me wonder if i should choose something else? Any suggestions there?

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    they absolutely do make the e-bomb 3/2 in a chest zip, at least in the states...it's available on their website. the guy at the shop, most likely, either didn't know or didn't want you to go elsewhere.

    http://shop.ripcurl.com/us/shop/cate...wetsuits/guys/

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    Quote Originally Posted by paddywaddy View Post
    just found this review

    Seems to suggest it wont keep you warm? Makes me wonder if i should choose something else? Any suggestions there?
    it sounds to me like he's talking about the pro model, not the regular e-bomb. e-bomb 3/2s have kept me plenty warm here in nj into november when the water dips down into the lower 50's, though i'll usually switch to a 4/3 if it's lower than 55.

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    Quote Originally Posted by njsurfer42 View Post
    they absolutely do make the e-bomb 3/2 in a chest zip, at least in the states...it's available on their website. the guy at the shop, most likely, either didn't know or didn't want you to go elsewhere.

    http://shop.ripcurl.com/us/shop/cate...wetsuits/guys/
    I see now. i will have a look at buying the normal version then. Does the normal e bomb have the fleece lining?

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    nope, just the extra sealing/reinforcement of the seams

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    I wonder if that would add any further warmth though? Maybe a flash bomb? This one is a good price rc flash bomb

    Have you owned one of these?

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    i think the extra sealing on the seams, esp. lower body, keeps a lot of cold water out & warmed up water in...it basically helps prevent water from cycling through the suit, keeping warm water against your body. i felt a big difference in warmth between the pro & regular suits when i tried them. i can't really personally comment too much on the flashbomb b/c the one i have is a 4/3 & i've only worn it once. to me, it felt somewhat stiff & restrictive compared to my older e-bomb 4/3, but loads warmer. hopefully in a few weeks i'll be able to put aside the 5/4 & give it a more thorough testing. i know a bunch of guys who have & love the flashbomb 5/4, though.