Surf all day.
If you're tired of feeling like a popsicle while harvesting big winter swell, but you don't want to sacrifice flexibility for warmth, look no further than the Billabong Men's 403 Furnace Carbon Comp Chest Zip Wetsuit. The 4/3mm thickness provides solid insulation all the way down to 50F, so it's good to go at Steamers mid-January. And thanks to the lightweight engineered dry stretch, the insulation absorbs 60% less water and won't slow you down. So when it's combined with the Furnace Carbon Lining and the Airlite foam core, the suit offers a good blend of heat-trapping insulation and mobility. Plus, the Drymax chest-zip entry makes it easier to get in and out of the suit, while the internal neck membrane prevents cool water from robbing you of your well-earned warmth.
- A wetsuit for shoulder season ocean and river surfing
- 4/3mm neoprene good in water conditions down to 50F
- Furnace Carbon lining maximizes warmth and reduces weight
- Drymax chest-zip entry has membrane to stop water leakage
- Dry top layer is quick drying and sheds water in seconds
- Airlite foam core increases heat retention and range of movement
- Stitchless sealed seams increase durability and warmth of suit
- Seams engineered to reduce chafing and increase comfort
- Q & A
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
- Fit: True to size
- Size Bought: MT
This wetsuit is pretty rad! I like wetsuits that aren't just black, so I got the graphite color and I think it looks pretty cool. I've used it 4 times now and have not once had any water go down my neck. It really is air-tight. My chest remains toasty and warm for hours. That part is thoroughly impressive. It really keeps your core very warm.
The material is very lightweight, stretchy, and comfortable. So, overall, it's really a great suit.
The only thing that kept it from getting a 5 star review, considering it's normal price is over $300, is that there does seem to be some water that seeps in through the seams at the knees. I know that it's not supposed to be a dry suit, so maybe this is part of the design. It lets a little bit of water in. It's nothing much, so maybe it's intentional. The rest of the suit is so warm, that it could just be the difference in the part that doesn't have the thermal lining and the rest of the suit that does.
I'm very happy with this wetsuit, overall. It's warm, flexible, and lightweight.
Billabong is known for running a bit big, but I marked that the product fit "true to size" because it's not THAT much bigger than other manufacturers. I wear an MT in O'Neill, Quiksilver, and Billabong. They all fit differently, and Billabong is a touch bigger than all of those, but not enough to require me to get a size smaller or anything like that...