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Rip Curls H-Bomb Heating Things Up

Up until now, the only heaters we have had in wetsuits have been the natural type that are dependent upon the amount of coffee or water slammed down before paddling out to each session. Rip Curl and their soon to be released H-Bomb wetsuit are looking to drastically change that. The suit is the first of its kind and is slated to be made available by Fall of this year.

This has been a product in the makings for a long time by Rip Curl. They have pushed the release date back after it was scheduled to be available in the Fall of last year and it appears they have it dialed now as evidenced of their video of surfers charging Arctic conditions while sporting the H-Bomb. The wetsuit will have three different temperature settings that can be adjusted with a button located on its outer surface. The H-Bomb is the world’s first power heated wetsuit, designed to keep a surfer super-warm (despite the chilly temperature of the water they’re surfing in) by positioning two fiber-heating elements, which conduct electricity that generate heat and warm the blood.

The only draw-back is Rip Curls projected price tag of $600-700 for the suit. At first glance that seems a little steep, however with the ability to adjust the temperature it may just eliminate the needed to own multiple suits of different thickness. Until more information on the suit is released it is difficult to make a conclusion on the impact this will have on the industry. So for now it looks like the best we can do is throw down a few more glasses of liquid before heading out for those chilly winter sessions

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Posted by Cameron on Tuesday, January 29th, 2008 in Brands.

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