Rip Curl Flash Bomb 5.5/4 Hooded Chest Zip Wetsuit - 2015

Rip Curl Flash Bomb 5.5/4 Hooded Chest Zip Wetsuit - 2015 4.85 5 7
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Cleanline Staff Member Paavo Cleanline Staff

Paavo Says:

"The SIMA award winning Flash Bomb is made in the 5.5/4 Hooded version for those extra cold climates like we have here in the Northwest, as well as those East Coast surfers, and lastly let's not forget the guys and gals braving the surf on the great lakes! Packing a lot of features into Rip Curl's top of the line suit, the Flash Bomb has everything from a super quick dry lining to interior and exterior seam reinforcement. E4 Neoprene is light, stretchy, the suit overall is really durable. Rip Curl did a good job on this one for sure."


Continuing its rein as Rip Curl's flagship hooded suit, the Flash Bomb 5.5/4 Hooded Chest Zip Wetsuit is made with top of the line materials and is packed with features to keep you warm and comfortable in the water. Constructed with stretchy E4 Neoprene and soft E4 Flash Lining, the hooded Flash Bomb is not only flexible, allowing a full range of motion, but the Flash Lining is warm and feels incredibly good against your body. It traps the warmth in, not the water, and after your surf, it drys to the touch in 15 minutes when hung in the sun.

Tried and true, the three-time SIMA Award-winning Flash Bomb has become a staple in the surfing wetsuit world. Available in three thickness with back zip or chest zip options, there is sure to be a Flash Bomb right for you.


Thickness: 5.5/4mm

Neoprene: 100% E4 NEOPRENE

Seams: Internal E4+ Tape and External Aquaban Plus Seam Seal

Zipper: Chest Zip

Hood: Attached

Model Year: 2015/2016

Manufactures Part Number: WSU5OF


Product Features

  • 100% E4 Neoprene - The lightest, most flexible and warmest neoprene ever.
  • E4 Flash Dry Lining - No more pulling on a wet, cold wetsuit! Flash Lining is constructed of 2 engineered layers that funnel the water rapidly out of the suit once it is hung up. Also one of the warmest and most comfortable linings available. Dry fast - Surf More!
  • Aquaban Plus Liquid Tape - External seams are sealed with improved Aquaban Plus liquid tape with slimline bead and more stretch allowing unrestricted comfort.
  • E4+ Tape - Internal seams are taped in critical areas with E4+ Super Stretch Tape, reinforcing high stress areas and allowing unrestricted stretch.
  • Stitchless Seam Technology - No pinhole leaks and more stretch for unrestricted flexibility and maximum movement.
  • Chest Zip Entry - A front closure system with a lightweight, durable zipper that provides the freedom of a zip free suit with the easy access of a back zip.
  • E4 Action Panels - The action panel is the massive panel that runs through the arms, back and around the knees with 30% more stretch.
  • 4 Way Back Stretch - Rip Curl understands the importance of stretch across the back for both paddling and body torque during turns. By breaking the straight seam line across the back it allows the E4 Neoprene to do its job without the seam restriction.
  • Adjustable Lock Slide Shock Cord - A shock cord closure system built into the chest zip suits allows the user to adjust according to their specific needs.
  • Key Pocket - External stash pocket with key loop.
  • Drainage System - A 3 hole drainage system allows excess water to drain freely.
  • Contour Legs - Pre-bent leg panels for maximum comfort.
  • S-Flex Knees - Tough and cushy knee pads.
  • Mesh Skin Panels - Heat absorbing thermal panels on the chest and back that provides protection from the wind.
  • Seamless Underarms - No seams in paddle zones for an unrestricted paddle motion.


Rip Curl Flash Bomb 5.5/4 Hooded Chest Zip Wetsuit - 2015 Too hotReview by Grom Grom
Had to remove hood and flush with water mid session. It's too hot, I'm wearing my old ebomb with holes until the ground turns to ice again. Rip curls the best
(Posted on 7/3/2016) 2016-07-03
Rip Curl Flash Bomb 5.5/4 Hooded Chest Zip Wetsuit - 2015 Best suit for surfing in the PNWReview by Eric Eric
I've been surfing up here in the PNW for 20 years or so and this is by far the best suit I have ever worn!
Flexible, warm, sealed, cozy and it fits great.
Buy one, you won't regret it.
(Posted on 6/6/2016) 2016-06-06
Rip Curl Flash Bomb 5.5/4 Hooded Chest Zip Wetsuit - 2015 Best Winter Suit Ever!Review by MZ MZ
I love this suit. It's warm, flexible, and dries fast. I'm 6'4", 200 lbs and chose XL. Arm and leg length fit perfectly and sleeves don't slip off my gloves. Perfect suit for a cold New England winter!
(Posted on 1/26/2016) 2016-01-26
Rip Curl Flash Bomb 5.5/4 Hooded Chest Zip Wetsuit - 2015 Incredible suit!Review by DaveG DaveG
You hardly lose any flexibility! So warm and comfortable. My favorite suit.
(Posted on 12/18/2015) 2015-12-18
Rip Curl Flash Bomb 5.5/4 Hooded Chest Zip Wetsuit - 2015 The squeezerReview by Gudntight Gudntight
This suit is warm and comfortable, but just a bit tight, I am 175lbs. and would not want be at the top end of the weight curve for this suit at 190lbs. it definitively would have been sent back for a larger size.... Long as I stay thin, it will work fine :)
(Posted on 12/16/2015) 2015-12-16
Rip Curl Flash Bomb 5.5/4 Hooded Chest Zip Wetsuit - 2015 Best Cold Water Suit ever for ocean swimming in AlaskaReview by F/V Rambler F/V Rambler
The neck seal and fit of this suit are outstanding! It is vastly superior to my Patagonia suit that cost $200 more. The suit is stretchy enough for distance swimming in the ocean in Sitka Alaska, and warm enough to make this possible in the winter. The suit is probably warmer and certainly more durable than my original H-bomb suit that cost over twice as much. The neoprene is obviously better as are the seals. The flashbulb lining makes the suit less fragile. I highly recommend this suit and find it to be just as warm or warmer than the 6/4/3 that had been using. The neck seal is the real secret to staying warm. It keeps cold water out even when you are really moving.
(Posted on 11/12/2015) 2015-11-12
Rip Curl Flash Bomb 5.5/4 Hooded Chest Zip Wetsuit - 2015 Super stretchy and warmer than everReview by CG CG
This is my 4th 5/4 flashbomb and it's warmer than ever. Seam seal has been reduced for more stretch and it feels great. The warmest stretchiest suit I've owned and drys in minutes when you hang it up. Crucial for cold days when you want a second session.
(Posted on 9/25/2015) 2015-09-25

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Size Chart

At Cleanline Surf we specialize in sizing Rip Curl Wetsuits. Every brand fits a bit different so if you have any doubt about what size wetsuit to get, we strongly urge you to call and speak with one of our wetsuit experts. Getting the right size is extremely important and in the end it will save you both time and money by avoiding a return.

XS5′6″-5′8″120-140 lbs34-36″28-30″21″26″
S5′7″-5′8″135-155 lbs36-38″29-31″21.25″26.75″
ST5′9″-5′11″140-160 lbs36-38″29-31″22″28″
MS5′7″-5′9″150-170 lbs38-40″30-32″21.25″26.75″
M5′9″-5′11″150-170 lbs38-40″30-32″22″28″
MT5′11″-6′1″160-180 lbs38-40″30-32″22.25″29″
LS5′9″-5′11″170-190 lbs40-42″32-34″22″28″
L5′11″-6′1″170-190 lbs40-42″32-34″22.25″29″
LT6′1″-6′3″180-200 lbs40-42″32-34″23″30″
XLS5′11″-6′1″190-210 lbs42-44″34-36″22.25″29″
XL6′1″-6′3″190-210 lbs42-44″34-36″23″30″
XLT6′3″-6′5″200-220 lbs42-44″34-36″23.25″32″
XXL6′2″-6′4″210-230 lbs44-46″36-38″23.25″31″
XXXL6′2″-6′4″230-250 lbs46-48″38-42″23.25″31″

Full Rip Curl Wetsuit Size Chart



  • 3 year warranty on all stitching for wetsuits
  • 12 month warranty on materials for wetsuits
  • Wetsuit Accessories (such as boots, gloves, hoods) carry a 3-month warranty from date of purchase


  • Damage caused by anything other than defects in materials or workmanship.
  • Use in commercial, rental, teaching or instructional programs or activities.
  • Damage caused by extended or excessive exposure to sunlight, improper handling or storage, or failure to follow instruction provided with this product.
  • This product when classified as being 2nd hand or it is being sold as a 2nd (it is being sold as a product with existing defects).
  • Normal wear and tear, including scratches and fading.
  • Wetsuits repaired by other repair service.

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Ph: 714-422-3600


We understand that when purchasing gifts, returns and exchanges can be necessary, which is why for the Holidays we are extending our Return Policy so that anything purchased as a gift this Holiday Season is eligible to be returned by the end of January. If you are not 100% satisfied with your product you may return it for a full refund, or exchange by the end of the month of January 2018.

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