Billabong Furnace Absolute X 5/4mm Hooded Wetsuit Review

One of the best wetsuits under $300 and an ever-popular choice amongst value-conscious surfers, the Billabong Furnace Absolute X packs a wide array of features for the price. We’re always getting questions about this wetsuit and decided to do an in-depth review that highlights its features, some of which you wouldn’t be able to pick up on from a spec list alone. 
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The 6 Best Spring Suits for 2019 Reviewed

The 6 Best Spring Suits For 2019 Reviewed

There comes a point when wearing only board shorts won’t keep you warm enough in the water, but you don’t quite need all the rubber of a full wetsuit. This is where the middle child of the wetsuit family comes in, the spring suit. For those fortunate enough to be surfing waters around the low 70’s, we rounded up all of our spring suits and came up with a list of what we think are the six best spring wetsuits.
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2019’s Best 4/3 Hooded Wetsuits

2019s Best Hooded 4/3 WetsuitsWith wetsuits getting warmer every year, surfers are looking to the lighter and more flexible 4/3 Hooded Wetsuits to replace their heavier 5/4’s. We now have the luxury to choose from a wide range of 4/3 wetsuits with hoods, so which one should you get? We spend a lot of time in the water testing wetsuits, and a good 4/3 with a hood can work well in the Northwest where water temps often hover around 50 degrees. That said, here’s our rundown on a few staff and customer favorites.
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Billabong Furnace Carbon Wetsuit Review

When it comes to high-end hooded wetsuits, Billabong might not be the first name that comes to mind. Brands like O’Neill, Rip Curl, and Patagonia have cornered the high-end hooded wetsuit market and have been our three best selling suits year after year. In fact, the only Billabong suit to crack our list of Best Selling Wetsuits of 2018 was the affordable Furnace Absolute X Hooded Chest Zip. I can say with certainty this is going to change for 2019.

My eyes were first opened to Billabong’s new Furnace Carbon line of wetsuits back in September when I was invited to partake in Billabong and Surfline’s Wetsuit Field Testing. Scott Boot, Billabong’s global director of wetsuits, and his team of mad scientists have been working tirelessly behind the scenes to develop a high-end wetsuit that rivals top brands by combining the desirable attributes of each; warmth, flexibility, comfort, dry time, and durability.  Billabong’s new Furnace Carbon line of wetsuits not only addresses each of these, but the attention to detail within each specific feature is remarkable.

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The Best Selling Wetsuits Of 2018

The Best Selling Wetsuits of 2018Another year, another wetsuit roundup, and this time we look back on the best-selling wetsuits of 2018. This year, we saw a lot of welcome upgrades from wetsuit companies, including some important improvements by Billabong and Patagonia. The old favorites still fill out much of this list, however there’s some newcomers like the Furnace Absolute, which despite being out for only a couple months, has held its own here. Now that the new year has passed, we’ve looked back and reviewed the numbers to find the most popular suits of 2018.

*For this list we’re including less common thicknesses like a straight 3mm or a 3.5mm in the most similar category. In this example, the 3/2mm section.

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