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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The Six Best Women’s Hooded Wetsuits For 2019

A good wetsuit can change your surfing experience, and you really do get what you pay for. If you use your wetsuit regularly or hate being cold, it’s worth investing a little for something high-quality. When you can stay out for longer sessions, your surfing improves, and you can catch more sunsets and not worry about the temperature dropping. No suit is perfect, and most of them (like most of us) are outstanding in some categories and average in others. With that said, here’s our roundup of the Best Women’s Hooded Wetsuits for 2019.

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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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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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