Ripcurl Flashbomb -not so "Flash dry"

Discussion in 'All Discussions' started by mushdoc, Mar 10, 2019.

  1. mushdoc

    mushdoc Well-Known Member

    Jan 30, 2013
    I got a half price deal on a 3/2 and have been surprised at how long it takes for these things to dry out. Yes,the fluffy inside dries in minutes. The rubber takes days in an environment that my other suits are dry in hours. Is this what others have found? Looked at reviews and most say they are completely dry pretty fast. I have tried with fluff on outside and rubber on outside. Just takes forever.
  2. MrBigglesworth

    MrBigglesworth Well-Known Member

    Jun 29, 2018
    Try playing the game - go to website or even call someone and get the defacto way it’s supposed to “flash dry” - then try it.
    I own a shyt load of wetsuits from O’Neil, Rip Curl, Hyperflex, BodyGlove... and they all take several days to dry out and all require being rotated inside out/outside in. Unless I’m moving air through them. If that’s how it’s done, it takes about four hours.

    And this is my 1500’th post - where’s my balloons and toaster?
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  3. BassMon2

    BassMon2 Well-Known Member

    Jan 27, 2015
    All i own are rip curls. Some flash bombs. Some E bombs. Mine always dry pretty fast. Surf. Hang suit outside. Dry or 98% dry by afternoon
  4. Mr.Belmar

    Mr.Belmar Well-Known Member

    Aug 19, 2010
    I had then flashbomb gloves when they first came out- and some friends had the suites - no one was ever really impressed. The gloves where pretty much garbage and didn’t really keep my hands warm and wore out quick.
    On another note- I remember them being advertised as they would dry quick enough so it’s not cold to put on again- but not completely dry...

    One thing I found that really helps any suite dry quicker is the HoStevie wetsuite hanger in amazon. It’s like 10 bucks answer it’s better for the suite shoulders
  5. Mr.Belmar

    Mr.Belmar Well-Known Member

    Aug 19, 2010
  6. Yankkee

    Yankkee Well-Known Member

    Nov 8, 2017
    Buy more suites


    Just sayin
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  7. mushdoc

    mushdoc Well-Known Member

    Jan 30, 2013
    I have 3 and I do...just wondering why this one is taking longer to dry. I think the 'flash lining' actually keeps the rubber from drying out.
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  8. La_Piedra

    La_Piedra Well-Known Member

    Oct 9, 2017
    My stuff never dries around here anyways, and I've got a couple of Rip Curl goods with the flash lining. I don't have a full-on Flashbomb with the head to toe lining though.

    The flash lining is bitchin though, I really dig how fast the flash lining dries and how warm it is. But yeah the outer neoprene doesn't dry any faster than any of my other suits. So I just turn the neoprene side out faster. The flash is kinda like wool, it wicks moisture to the outer layer.

    The only thing about Rip Curl to me is the price. They are warm, flexible and the most expensive. And for some, they don't last long. I don't like shelling out over $500 for a suit that might only last 2 surfing seasons. And we have to wear full rubber here 365 days.

    so as much as I'd like to pull the trigger on a 5/4 hooded Flashbomb, I'll be content with my Drylock which comes in a bit cheaper, keeps me sweaty and has lasted almost forever.

    oh yeah, and like Yank says: keep a rotation. I keep a high quality one, and a medium quality backup. I never step into a wet suite.
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  9. JayD

    JayD Well-Known Member

    Feb 6, 2012
    I dry mine inside out. Next day turn, and let rubber drying finish...
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  10. DawnPatrol321

    DawnPatrol321 Well-Known Member

    Mar 6, 2012
    I own an old 3/2 Dawn Patrol back zip Suite, a newer 3/2 O’Neill Superfreak chest zip, an old O’Neill Spring Suite, and a newer Xcel Short John Suite.

    The 3/2’s take a day and a half to dry 100%. All I do is take them off while showering, rinse them off and hang them on a thick hangar in the shower and let them drip dry.

    After 24hrs I will either move the suite to the outside of the shower or if nearly 100% dry will hang in the closet.

    My Spring and Short John Suites usually are dry within 24hrs. Just hang them on a thick hangar. If you have two suites you’ll always have a dry suite.
  11. BassMon2

    BassMon2 Well-Known Member

    Jan 27, 2015
    Whaaaaaaaat? A day and a half to dry a 3/2? You guys are doing something wrong.

    I do however have one of those hangers with a fan inside to finish the job but my suits are still dry in half a day just hanging them. Trick is to hang it in half. Im terrible at explaining things so bear with me. When "drip drying" you hang it from the waist. So the arms and legs are both even with each other and reaching towards to ground. That way it essentially drips from two shorter sides. Instead of having the moisture from the top drip/run down the whole suit keeping it wet.

    That's my theory at least. Not sure if it's correct but my suits, regardless of 3/2 or 5/4, dry within a day without having to turn out inside out and right side in.
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  12. DawnPatrol321

    DawnPatrol321 Well-Known Member

    Mar 6, 2012
    It’s dry enough after just 24 hours, but the lower legs / ankles will still be damp. Not an issue really but it takes a few more hours for that dampness to fully dry.
  13. BassMon2

    BassMon2 Well-Known Member

    Jan 27, 2015
    Try the hanging in half thing. In your climate it's probably less an issue but around here even a little damp sucks when it's cold. If it's just the lower legs and ankles thats exactly my theory! All that water has to drip past before being fully dry. Meaning lower half will see more water and be wet longer.
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  14. DawnPatrol321

    DawnPatrol321 Well-Known Member

    Mar 6, 2012
    You are probably right.
  15. LBCrew

    LBCrew Well-Known Member

    Aug 12, 2009
    This winter I started hanging my gear in the shower to drip as usual, then hanging it all from a ceiling fan overnight with the fan on high. It works really well... but, full disclosure, I wouldn't do it unless you're absolutely positive it won't pull your fan down. I put the fan in, so I'm confident it will hold.
  16. goofy footer

    goofy footer Well-Known Member

    Sep 23, 2010
    My set of Flash Bomb booties and gloves take 24 ++ hours to dry on a boot dryer so replaced them with O'Neil Technobutter.
  17. La_Piedra

    La_Piedra Well-Known Member

    Oct 9, 2017
    Dude it's like 150% humidity around here winter and summer
  18. BassMon2

    BassMon2 Well-Known Member

    Jan 27, 2015
    This makes sense. Over 24 hours for booties on a boot dryer does not.

    I did notice with a pair of excel gloves on the dryer, i had to fold the little seal up for them to dry. But with my rip curls i just throw them on. Usually already pretty much dry after being outside for a few hours. Gear dries easily quick outside in the winter. Few hours and your good
  19. Zeroevol

    Zeroevol Well-Known Member

    Jun 22, 2009
    Love my Flashbomb and my E-bomb! Mine dry pretty quick, but I also put a fan on it after I rinse and hang it. I made a boot/glove dryer and they are dry in about an hour or two. And, the fan is not strong.
  20. Barry Cuda

    Barry Cuda Well-Known Member

    Nov 19, 2018
    I have 6 or 7 pairs of boots, same for gloves, and have 15+ wetsuits, 4 for each season. Fashionista mentality!!
    I don't worry about drying issues........just hang it up, and use another set next swell.

    As an edit....a few of them wetsuits can be classified as "jurassic"...they need to go to el dumpo!!
    Last edited: Mar 18, 2019