Rip Curl Flash Bomb E6 Review (short sleeve 2/2mm zip free men’s wetsuit)
Reviewed by: Duncan
Wetsuit Materials: E6 Thermoplex neoprene
What we like: Comfort and super quick drying
What we don’t: Hasn’t held up well
What does Rip Curl say?:
The E Bomb Zip Free 2/2 Short Arm Full is built with our E6 neoprene, the highest stretch neoprene that we have ever offered. This is the highest performance short arm fullsuit that we make. E-Bomb wetsuits are designed for maximum flexibility and lightweight performance with the best material available. The new pattern for this season makes entry and exit even easier. A Summer favorite for Southern California surfers.
- All New 100% High Stretch E6 Neoprene
- Zip Free Entry
- Glued and Blind Stitched with Stress Point Tape
- Magnet Key Pocket
|Entry System||Zip Free|
|Material||High Stretch E6 Neoprene|
|Features||Stress Point Taping, Water Tension Cuffs, E6 Stress Point Taped, Key Pocket|
Zipper-less entry means nothing fouling your chest.
Super easy to pull on and off.
Nice flexible suit, good arm length and snug fitting elasticated sleeves.
E6 E-Bomb Pro Neoprene is super quick to dry, can get a morning session in and then surf the evening in the same suit as it’s completely dry again.
How Warm is It?
It’s good for late spring, early autumn and summer, I surf with it mainly as sun protection on the gold coast, doesn’t overheat because its super light weight and saves throwing on heaps of sunscreen. I prefer the feel of wetsuit over a wet t-shirt and boardies.
Comfort / Flexibility and sizing?
Due to nature of 2/2 suit it’s quite flexible the E6 has a fair bit of Flex in it but is still traditional wet suit material. Comfort wise its a nice close fit, all the stitches are smooth/taped so no unwanted rubbing, feeling like one continuous piece.
Size Used (Small) 180cm 73kg (In Retrospect would go Size M) However did stretch out to suit.
What do you think of its construction quality?
Solid construction, the lining feels very plush on your skin. All stiches are overlocked and taped internally, had no issues with fraying. Arm bands are solid seal which is a real highlight , logos are nicely placed and don’t disappear with age.
How has it held up over time?
Owned for about 2 seasons, however hasn’t held up super well over the seasons, bit of break down in neoprene on the shoulder due to the UV and had to restitch part of the neck sheath as it is under a lot of tension when not over your head. Still getting regular use however but reckon it will last about 2.5 seasons before needing to be replaced, without performance of suit being compromised too much.
Your thoughts on the price and value of the Rip Curl Flash Bomb E6 SS?
Was on the expensive end of the market for a suit, performance wise it meets expectation however durability wise probably leaves a little to be desired for the cost.
Final Thoughts and Rating
For comparable suits, SS Steamers the Rip Curl Flash Bomb E6 is the comfiest one I’ve owned due to the flexibility of the suit and smooth nature of the internal materials, versus Hurley and Needseessentials.
Overall I would rate it 6.5/10 – Good performing suit, however, comes at a cost and not the most hard-wearing plus limited temperature range, ideal for Early Autumn, late Spring. Good transitioning season suit.
Hope you enjoyed our Rip Curl Flash Bomb E6 Review. Do you have one yourself? We’d love to hear your feedback.
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