Billabong Furnace Absolute X 5/4mm Hooded Wetsuit Review

The Furnace Absolute X has been one of the most popular entry-level wetsuits at the shop for years. Packing in some quality features at an affordable price, the Furnace Absolute X is well worth checking out for any surfer on a budget or just looking to get the most value for their cash. The new 2020 version of this model has some notable changes to it. The spec sheet and product photos alone don’t really do it justice, so we’ve gone ahead and created this in-depth review.
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The Six Best Women’s Hooded Wetsuits For 2020

A good wetsuit can change your surfing experience, and you really do get what you pay for. If you surf a lot, or hate being cold, it’s worth investing in something high-quality. A good wetsuit allows you to stay out for longer sessions, your surfing improves, and you can catch more sunsets. With that said, here’s our roundup of the best women’s hooded wetsuits for 2020.

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Top Picks: 4 Quality & Affordable Wetsuits Under $270

Top Picks: 4 Quality & Affordable Wetsuits Under $270Today, wetsuit manufacturers have been endlessly experimenting with new materials in order to make their suits the warmest, most flexible, and/or fastest drying on the market. Whether it’s Patagonia switching over to Yulex, a more sustainable alternative to neoprene, Rip Curl using a quick-drying “flash” lining or the exceptional elasticity of O’Neill’s Technobutter neoprene; it seems every brand has developed some unique trait to distinguish themselves from their competitors. However, with these technical advancements comes a steady increase in price. It’s to the point that if you’re looking at purchasing a company’s high-end 5/4mm wetsuit you should be prepared to shell out $450-$600.

We realize that not everyone is looking for these top tier wetsuits. In fact, more times than not, we’re on a budget and looking for an inexpensive suit that will get the job done without breaking the bank. Whether you’re a weekend warrior, a flat-water SUP user, a novice surfer who is tired of renting, or you’re just trying to save a little money; these are our picks for the best wetsuits you can buy for under $270.

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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 Comp Hooded 5/4mm Wetsuit Review

Billabong Furnace Comp Hooded 5/4mm Wetsuit ReviewThe Billabong Furnace Comp was one of our favorite 3/2mm and 4/3mm suits of 2018. The middle child of Billabong’s line, The Furnace Carbon Comp packed a lot of value into a surprisingly low price tag and was exceptionally high performance. We were so impressed by the suit, we asked Billabong to make a thicker version for cold water. Billabong was into the idea and from that conversation, the new 5/4mm Hooded Furnace Carbon Comp was born. 
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