We get a lot of questions about the differences between these two wetsuits. Being the top of the line suits from Rip Curl and O’Neill you might want to know what you’re getting when you’re dropping $500 or more. In this review I’ll be comparing the 4/3 Flash Bomb Plus, and the 4.5/3.5 PsychoFreak. I haven’t tried these out in the water, so some of this review is speculation, or based on customer feedback I have recieved, and all of this review is solely my opinion. Everyone has their personal preferences when it comes to wetsuits, so if you want to hear more opinions feel free to give us a call and talk to one of the wetsuit experts here at Cleanline Surf. Continue reading →
Jack O’Neill’s Surf Shop in Santa Cruz becomes historical point of interest.
During the event Jack O’Neill is interviewed about the early beginnings of the O’Neill brand. He couldn’t imagine in the beginning what O’Neill would become, and who could?! If I started a small surf shop in Santa Cruz I surely wouldn’t expect it to become a globally recognized surf brand. It’s a pretty amazing story, and one that still needs to have chapters revealed. How did O’Neill make the jump from a surf shop to what it is today? For now we’ll just have to rely on the Wikipedia Article. Check out the video interview of Jack O’Neill below during the event.
The Plaque reads:
O’Neill’s Surf Shop
In 1959 Jack O’Neill came with his family to Santa Cruz and opened his 500 square foot “Surf Shop” at his location just above Cowell Beach. The surf shop was O’Neill’s first retail store in Santa Cruz, offering custom built foam surfboards and “thermal barrier” suits, as wetsuits were known at the time.
O’Neill’s surf shop became a focal point for a tight-knit surf community. The business grew steadily, earning recognition as a pioneer and leader in the world of surfing. In 1996 O’Neill extended his vision by founding the O’Neill Sea Odyssey, an award-winning ocean education program for kids.
On May 31, 2012, the site of Jack O’Neill’s Santa Cruz Surf Shop was designated by the state of California as a point of historical interest. Recognizing the local origins of an innovative global business as well as a place where parents continue to bring children for a day at the beach.
“In the beginning the name of the business was just Surf Shop. We were the first to use the name, and later got it registered. Nobody in the world called themselves Surf Shop before us.”
The new Pyrotech 5.5/4mm Hooded Wetsuit is in. These are Fall 2013 wetsuits from the O’Neill line and Cleanline Surf is the first to have them. The Pyrotech wetsuit is the replacement to the O’Neill RG8 wetsuit series and this year it has been revamped with the new TechnoButter Neoprene exclusive to O’Neill’s wetsuit line. Basically this is my new favorite wetsuit. O’Neill took their RG8 series, which was already my favorite suit, and took out the poly-fleece lining, and replaced the neoprene with the lighter, and more flexible TechnoButter Neoprene.
How much lighter is it?
The Technobutter neoprene is boasted to be 20% lighter, and absorbs 30% less water. I’m not sure what neoprene they are comparing it too(they don’t say for some reason) hmmm, but that doesn’t really matter. When I pick the suit up it is noticeably lighter than the RG8 in the same thickness. That is without getting the suit wet. Once it’s wet I don’t have the personal experience to give an opinion yet, but from what I’ve heard the suit feels much lighter in the water also. Look for a full review from a staff member at Cleanline Surf in the near future.
O’Neill’s new Pyrotech Series Combines our exclusive Technobutter-Air Firewall insulation, Single Fluid Seam Weld and F.U.Z.E Closure System. Lighter, warmer, more insulating and quick drying with improved ease of entry. Pyrotech is the latest advancement in cold water wetsuit technology from the leaders in innovation for over 60 years.
Retail Price: $439.95
Pyrotech Wetsuit (Inside)
F.U.Z.E Front Upper Zip Entry with Code Red Zipper and Drain Holes
Single Fluid Seam Weld(Watertight Stitchless Technology) – Keeps water from entering at all seams and critical points.
Technobutter & Technobutter-Air Firewall Neoprene – The most advanced super stretch neoprene available on the market. 20% lighter, 30% less water absorption with quick dry properties.
Super Seal Cuffs – O’Neill’s new Super Seal Cuff is fused to create a very low profile at the cuff ending creating the best seal ever.
Krypto Knee Padzz
External Key Pocket with Loop
Plasma Wrist and Ankle Seals
LSD – Lumbar Seamless Design
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O’Neill’s exclusive TechnoButter Neoprene boasts a 20% lighter formula with a 30% less water absorption and quick dry properties that make this the most technical and buttery neoprene on the market. Available in the O’Neill Psychofreak, Psycho 3 and Psycho 1.
Technobutter is O’Neill’s new, exclusive, and most advanced neoprene ever. In the same spirit of innovation as previous O’Neill industry firsts, such as the patented Z.E.N. Zip closure, Double Fluid Seam Weld, Triple XDS-Air neoprene, and SuperSeam Weld technology, this new material boasts a 17% lighter formula with 30% less water absorption, and is the quikest drying neoprene on the market.
We are stoked to finally get our hands on the new Fall 2012 Winter 2013 O’Neill Wetsuits in with the latest innovation from O’Neill. The new Technobutter tech can be found in the new Psycho I 3/2 and 4/3 Wetsuits which are in stock now in select sizes. Stay tuned as we’ll be getting more in the weeks to come.