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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Aug 2011
    chincoteague, va

    Wetsuit predicament.

    I didn't throw this on the wetsuit thread because the traffic on that seems slow. And this is somewhat of a specific question.

    So, for my birthday, I was offered a free suit. As excited as I am, I'm not sure if I want to 4/3 and later buy a hooded vest, or just get a 5/4 with a hood.

    The two suits I'm somewhat torn between are the Ripcurl Insulator 5/4 with a detachable hood, ( )

    OR the Ripcurl flash-bomb 4/3. ( )

    I have a 4/3, but it's too small this season after trying it on so now, I'm left with a 3/2 full and a 2mm short sleeve full.

    So to have a well-rounded year without having to buy another suit, do you think the 5/4 or the 4/3 are a better bet?
    If I do get the 4/3 does anyone wear hooded vests under them in the winter, and how well do they work for you?

    I think I explained that well enough.

  2. #2
    I say go with the 5 mil. I would get one with a hood, but not detachable, just a regular hooded 5 mil. You don't have to wear the hood, but eliminatea possibilty of flushing at the attachment. You may be a tad warm in it when your forced out of the 3-2 but warm is better than cold. My 2 cents

  3. #3
    go flashbomb or go home

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Nov 2009
    in the grace of the most holy FSM
    all other things being equal, i say the 5/4.

  5. #5
    gotta go with the 5 mil.. like someone else said, way better to be hot than cold (you can fix being hot pretty fast out in the water)

  6. #6
    I think with your location the 4/3 will get more use. I surf in OC and use my ripcurl fbomb year round. You can get a good hood. The 5/4 will be warmer but overall I see you using the 4/3 late November through the winter. The vest with a hood would make it more versatile.

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Eastern Shore
    The ripcurl fbomb 4/3 will hold the same heat as a 5/4. So i would go with the 5/4. I currently use a oneail heat 4/3 with a detached hood threw out the winter but on days when the air temp is below 35 and water temp 40s i can't take it so im getting a 5/4 this year.

    And get a attached hood. And ill see you out in the cold haha.
    Last edited by marknel83; Oct 15, 2011 at 12:50 AM.

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Atlantic Ocean
    I have 3 suits...a flatlock 3/2, a sealed/taped 3/2, and a hooded sealed/taped 5/4/3. its enough to make it through the entire jersey calendar year. No need for a 4/3...

    on those warm spring days I just flip back the hood and im good. Oneill Mutant is a good suit from what I hear (detachable hood), but I don't know firsthand.