2014 Billabong Foil Wetsuit Review

Billabong Foil Wetsuit ReviewThe Billabong Foil Wetsuit for Fall 2013 and Winter 2014 is in, and this year there are a couple of added features that make the suit an even better value than ever. For those of you who are unfamiliar with this suit, it is the entry level wetsuit from Billabong and comes in under $200 in all thickness, making it one of the best entry level wetsuits on the market to date. In the past Billabong included a detachable hood with this suit in the 5/4/3 thickness. This year they have added a new 5/4mm wetsuit to the line and upgraded it with a fully integrated hood and chest zip, adding warmth by reducing the likelihood of the suit flushing. If you are in a cold water region like the Pacific Northwest where the water temperature is generally in the mid 50’s, then there really isn’t a suit that will beat this new 5/4mm Foil Wetsuit with an attached hood. At least not at such a low price. The Foil is also made in a 3/2, 4/3, both in back zip and chest zip. All Foil wetsuits are the same except their thickness, and zipper type with the exception of the Foil 3/2 Flatlock which is a steal for only $120 due to the lack of GBS seams.

Winter 2014 Billabong Foil Wetsuit Features

- Horizontal Dislocating Chest Zip Entry -

On all Billabong Foil Chest Zips the zipper completely detaches, putting as little stress as possible on the zipper itself and making the entry have more stretch. This makes the entry much bigger and easier to get in and out of, as well as gives your arms more flexibility because the entire back panel stretches more when it isn’t impeded by a zipper.

- FURNACE THERMAL LINING -

This new thermal lining adds an extra barrier of warmth and comfort. Most suits in this price range leave out thermal lining completely so this is a really nice feature for the price. Another bonus about the thermal lining is that it makes the suit a bit easier to slide on and off.

- AX2 AIRLITE SUPERFLEX NEOPRENE -

Billabong uses their Premium light weight foam core with a high end, silk touch and velcro resistant outer stretch jersey. This isn’t their highest end neoprene by any means but it is a flexible, light weight and comfortable neoprene that will keep you warm.

- IWSS – Welded Seams -

Durable Impact welded seam sealling internatlly on critical stress areas for a water tight seal and extra durability. Honestly this is just a fancy term for GBS or Glued and Blind Stitched. Either way, it is a good seam construction, though not as durable as some higher end wetsuits.

- Smooth Skin Chest and Back Panel -

Smooth skin adds wind resistance and thus warmth. It also gives you grip for when you are paddling on your surfboard. This is a standard feature in almost all wetsuits.

REINFORCED KNEE PADS

Also a standard feature in most wetsuits, but something that is important to note. Without these reinforced knee pads you will wear through your suit in a few sessions if you have bony knees especially.

Drain Holes

This suit features drain holes in the front and back around the hood. This funnels any water that may get in around the open face of the hood out of the suit before it has a chance make contact with your skin.

Final Thoughts

For the hooded version of this suit I really think it is the best hooded wetsuit for the price on the market right now. In fact it is the only 5mm hooded chest zip out there under $200. Other suits that you could compare to this suit would be the 5/3 Dawn Patrol(which is a great suit that we use in our rental fleet), and the 5/4 Epic which are both solid, but do not come with attached hoods. You can however buy a detachable hood for them which can be nice, and some might even prefer it. For all other versions of this suit, be it the 3/2 or 4/3 I think it is an excellent choice if you are someone who is on a budget or you don’t plan on using your suit a lot. These wetsuits are great for surfing, wakeboarding, kayaking, stand up paddling, kiteboarding, and more. Maybe it is your first wetsuit and your not sure, so you don’t want to spend $300+ right away. The Foil is the suit for you.

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Matt is our chief blogger here at Cleanline Surf. He has an extensive knowledge of wetsuits, surfboards, and other surf gear and rides the products he writes about. When he isn't blogging he's answering your questions on the phone, packing up your brand new suit, or out in the water testing new gear.

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  1. Didn’t know where else to leave a wetsuit review so I thought I’d leave one here. Just recently, I bought the new Billabong Foil Wetsuit at Cleanline Surf Shop in Seaside. I’ve been surfing for over a year now and this was my first chest zip wetsuit I’d ever gotten. So far I’ve l0ved it! After taking it for a couple sessions I’ve fallen in love with this suit. It’s warmth and flexibility are unrivaled by any of my previous suits and my friend who has used it, liked it more than his $250 USED xcel wetsuit. Compared to my previous back-zip, the flexibility in the shoulders makes it much more easy to put on, and the build in hood prevents water from gushing down the back. Unlike other suits I’ve tried on, the seams inside the suit are clean and non-irritating. For such a great price, I’m amazed by the quality of the suit. I’ve done some googling and on for suggested retail price, the suit would cost close to $400! You can tell by the prices and attitude of the owner that his main goal is to see people getting in the water. His prices are the cheapest in the Northwest simply because he wants people to come in. He wants as many people to be able to enjoy surfing as possible. As well as helping me find a wetsuit, he gave many tips on how to put it on/wear it so that it would be more comfortable. Overall, I’m very impressed with the quality of the suit, price, store, and owner.

    • Hey Nicholas,

      Thanks for your feedback and kind words. Definitely one of the best cold water wetsuits out there for the price, especially if you’re in Washington or Oregon, or a similar climate.

      – Matt

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