No offense to anyone who loves Rip's suits but I hate them. Talk about short shelf life...
Anyway my number 1 suit right now is Hotline. Made in the USA, last forever, worm as hell with useing less rubber, stretchy, price is about right. Check them out great suits. I for one want to try one of those Matuse suits thought just to expensive right now.
I cannot comment or review those..but why wouldn't you just go with a brand that is known for their wetsuits such as Xcel, West, Quiksilver etc.
I think Matuse pretty much only makes wetsuits. never tried one, what i've read is that they have mind blowing flexibililty, comfort, each is custom fit for each customer (you send them like 20 measurements, then they build the wetsuit) the trade off for such light materials is they lack durabililty and have to be taken care of meticulously. Out of my price range for sure.
just so you know the h-bomb is trully a 3/2 but it has different heating levels 1st one is like bieng in a 3/2 next is like being in 4/3 and finally the next level is like warmer than a 5/4/3 since it was tested in the arctice circle. thats what i learned from the rip curl website.
The site states that "As a general rule, you should be able to wear a H-Bomb wetsuit that is 1mm thinner than your conventional non-heated wetsuit(and feel toasty warm at the same time)."
There are 3 different settings for the battery, but it more relates to how long you're going to be surfing. i.e. 1½ hrs, 2 hrs or 2½ hrs.
do you honestly like the suits??there nice and flexible.??..i mean at 99 bucks for a 5 4whats the catch?
I actually only used to use Rip Curl and Excell, I also have a few O'niels. A few guys from CA where crazy about the Hotline suits. I like to try a lot of different things when it comes to equipment and I never heard of Hotline.
Ever since I started using the Hotlines I never looked back. I am still using the same 3/2 from 3 years ago durability is probably the best I have ever had. Flex is on par with any suit out there. The difference I notice in them is that in a 3/2 it is as warmer my 4/3 Rip Curl so i am able to rock a 3/2 later into winter before I start thinking about busting out the 5mil.
The deal with the 99 bucks for the 5/4 is because it is clearance, check out the prices for the normal line. They are around $300 - $500. Hotline usually does a huge weekly sale during holiday season and prices are cut massively but this is not the sale.
maybe they are just lower tech suits from last year or the year before, so that is why they are marked down so much and are in the "clearance" section.
No matter what you can't beat 99 bucks for a 5/4 when I saw that price my jaw dropped.
I work at a shop in oc and we are the only ones getting them in town. K coast is a dealer also but I do not believe they are getting any in. The 3/2 is going to retail for $1000 and the 4/3 is $1100. We had a demo tour come in and show us all the gear, cool idea but it needs to be refined before its giong to catch on