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Heated wetsuits being tested in the Arctic
« on: February 27, 2008, 09:29:57 AM »
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  • but what if the battery freezes up on you?

    http://www.gizmag.com/ripcurl-testing-h-bomb-wetsuit/8878/

    February 27, 2008 Sorry, we couldn't resist that headline. Rip Curl has been testing its highly-anticipated H-Bomb heated wetsuit in the freezing waters of the North Atlantic, resulting in this incredible photograph.
    The Hawaii/So-Cal surf lifestyle is very attractive to folk all over the world - even those who live in far less temperate areas. And while a regular neoprene wetsuit can do an excellent job in cool water, there's still a point at which the temperature calls time - but when Rip Curl finally releases its heated H-Bomb wetsuit, it seems that die-hard surfers will be able to brave even a sub-zero arctic chill to chase the perfect set.
    Featuring two fibre-heating elements and a mobile phone-style lithium-ion batery pack, the H-Bomb offers two levels of heating. Switch it on and the wetsuit warms a nicely spread out area, which the flow of water through the suit then distributes around the body.
    During the Arctic test sessions at which this photo was taken, surfers Adam Wickwire from Florida and Elise Garrigue from Hawaii spent eight days hunting waves in the freezing North Atlantic and Arctic Circle. "It’s kind of hard to explain how crazy the trip was," said Wickwire, "It was so cold that when we went surfing we couldn’t even get changed into our wetsuits outside – we’d have to get changed in the car and then sit there until the H-Bomb started to heat up. Once the rubber heated up it was easy to get into the water with our hood, booties and gloves though.”
    But the new suit made a big difference: “The cold wasn’t even a factor when we were surfing, because the wetsuits are that good. The only time you felt the water is when you got flushed and that actually helped because the water circulated around the wetsuit and helped distribute the heat. It was just like surfing in normal water.”
    Rip Curl has taken down its H-Bomb minisite in the last week or so, so we're expecting news very soon about when it will be released, along with pricing details. In the meantime, there's always the Hotsuits heated kidney belt, which you can use with just about any wetsuit. The Hotsuit belt was launched in the USA in January.
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    Re: Heated wetsuits being tested in the Arctic
    « Reply #1 on: February 27, 2008, 09:39:10 AM »
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  • I saw a vid a lil while back & it was cool to see them in the cold Ice filled water & getting shacked. they were killing it BUT! they said the water temps were only 40 something degrees. This year we had 35 degree waters. They should just come here & let us test em. ;) Heck Ive been in a 5/4/3 a since the end of January & before that a 4/3 Rip curl.

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    Re: Heated wetsuits being tested in the Arctic
    « Reply #2 on: February 27, 2008, 09:44:35 AM »
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  • I'm still wearing my 4/3, but I haven't been out here in about a month.  I just can't bring myself to put on my winter suit.  I hate it so much.  A heated suit looks interesting...
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    Re: Heated wetsuits being tested in the Arctic
    « Reply #3 on: February 27, 2008, 09:46:43 AM »
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  • Do it Do it!!! I need more girls who can surf on video!!! ;D it got colder in the month youve been out of the water. Im in my 5/4/3 now & its fine. I was out from about 8am till about 4 or 4:30pm & I was fine on Saturday. You should be ok especialy if its a nice sunny day.

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    Re: Heated wetsuits being tested in the Arctic
    « Reply #4 on: February 27, 2008, 10:03:02 AM »
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  • Dude! NO WAY was that water only 40 degrees....They are up towards the artic!  Are you kidding?  that water is frigid.  THey did this Rip Curl testing last year...we havent heard anything since...?? I am skepitical that it will come out this year if it does at all....anyone want to prove me wrong?

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    Re: Heated wetsuits being tested in the Arctic
    « Reply #5 on: February 27, 2008, 10:33:05 AM »
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  • yeah what is the deal already...............Hype meter has been scaling for some time and somebody needs to set the record straight!

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    Re: Heated wetsuits being tested in the Arctic
    « Reply #6 on: February 27, 2008, 10:44:41 AM »
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  • eff heated wetsuits.

    if you're not hallucinating, and cant talk....and your skin isnt still tingling four days later, its not winter surfing.
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    Re: Heated wetsuits being tested in the Arctic
    « Reply #7 on: February 27, 2008, 10:53:45 AM »
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  • I've been waiting for this for a long time. As the article says, there is no mention of the suit on rip curl's website. As a matter of fact, there are no suits on rip curl's website right now. This will definitely be my next wetsuit purchase. I've been holding out all season for this one.
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    Re: Heated wetsuits being tested in the Arctic
    « Reply #8 on: February 27, 2008, 11:20:58 AM »
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  • You skinny assed pansies.  All you need is some body fat to insulate you and a regular suit.  If that were true I could skin it all winter.  :'( :'(  When do these thing go an sale again?
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    Re: Heated wetsuits being tested in the Arctic
    « Reply #9 on: February 27, 2008, 11:24:34 AM »
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  • eff heated wetsuits.

    if you're not hallucinating, and cant talk....and your skin isnt still tingling four days later, its not winter surfing.

    I'm with Milly on this one.

    In other news, Ripcurl announced that official "H-Bomb World Release" party will be held Saturday, July 5 in Cancun, Mexico.  ;)
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    Re: Heated wetsuits being tested in the Arctic
    « Reply #10 on: February 27, 2008, 11:26:19 AM »
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  • Maybe theyre hyping but the R&D is finding troubles. I mean they are mixing heat with neoprene. theres got to be some efects from that & how long will it last? Heat applyed to a material that will easily contract & expand constantly while even wearing the suit is sure to dry it out, Crack, come apart or who knows what. So unless they've developed something that will maintain the suits integrity for more then 1 winter would def be a challenge for sure and Ive worked for companies who have hyped a product in the past only to scrap it later due to quality issues.

    P.s. Imagine the thing shorts out, sparks & the Neoprene goes up in flames while your in it walking to the boardwalk.  :o that would be a mess for sure. I'll wait till they have a few on the market 1rst. ;)
    « Last Edit: February 27, 2008, 11:28:38 AM by Sigh Co. »

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    Re: Heated wetsuits being tested in the Arctic
    « Reply #11 on: February 27, 2008, 11:30:41 AM »
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  • if anyone hears an update on these, please let me know. I've been trying the body fat angle for a few years now and its just not cutting it.
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    Re: Heated wetsuits being tested in the Arctic
    « Reply #12 on: February 27, 2008, 11:59:17 AM »
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  • I water up there is colder than ours but  only by a few degrees. Mind you thoe degreees must make a difference, but unless the suit is MUCH thinner/flexible it seems unnecessary. Hw thick are the prototypes. If theyre any thicker than 5/4 it seems retarded.

     Wetsuit technology improves radically every 3-5 yrs these days and I guarantee you that there will be thinner/stretchier suits that'll pull that off w out the energizer bunny.

    I'd like to try the belt thing to see how the idea holds up. Probably pretty well if you keep it near a big old artery or something. Still unecessary unless it means you can wear a 4/3 in Feb.
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    Re: Heated wetsuits being tested in the Arctic
    « Reply #13 on: February 27, 2008, 12:03:09 PM »
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  • Maybe theyre hyping but the R&D is finding troubles. I mean they are mixing heat with neoprene. theres got to be some efects from that & how long will it last? Heat applyed to a material that will easily contract & expand constantly while even wearing the suit is sure to dry it out, Crack, come apart or who knows what. So unless they've developed something that will maintain the suits integrity for more then 1 winter would def be a challenge for sure and Ive worked for companies who have hyped a product in the past only to scrap it later due to quality issues.

    P.s. Imagine the thing shorts out, sparks & the Neoprene goes up in flames while your in it walking to the boardwalk.  :o that would be a mess for sure. I'll wait till they have a few on the market 1rst. ;)

    How will it short out? I never heard of a cell phone battery "shorting out" thats essentially what this is....A lithium battery.

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    Re: Heated wetsuits being tested in the Arctic
    « Reply #14 on: February 27, 2008, 12:23:07 PM »
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  • I heard that RipCurl is working out some issues, and that it will be released in a year or two.  But this is like 3rd hand knowledge.  :P

    I really want to check out a Patagonia suit, but they're a bit $$.  Heard they're great though.
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