Billabong has completely revamped the Foil line of wetsuits this year, and they did a really nice job for the price point! This top features 100% superstretch neoprene for excellent flexibility in the water. They beefed up the stretch by adding top of the line "Airlite" superflex to critical pivot points, and eliminating some unnecessary seam panels. Also features: Durable flatlock stitched seams, anti-chafe seams and collar, a short back zipper to ease entry/exit, and a boardshort fastner to minimize "ride ups."
Every Billabong wetsuit is made of the finest quality materials and workmanship. Proper care will insure many happy seasons of use. Please be sure to rinse your suit with fresh water and hang out to dry. A number of wetsuit care products can be found on our Wetsuit Accessories page. As always,try to avoid contact with sharp and/or abrasive objects. Billabong wetsuits come with a limited 12 month warranty on materials and workmanship.
Average Customer Review: 11 Reviews
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Good quality - Needed different size
Typical suit from Billabong, good quality, but my size was off.
The stitching looks really good for flatlock - firm and tight. Build quality seems good.
One complaint - which might be due to the size issue - is that the neoprene bunches slightly behind your shoulders. I'm guessing this was because my arm cuffs were WAY TOO TIGHT.
Pros: quality neoprene, super stretchy, was very comfortable even when tight.
Cons: slightly bunched seam under arms, comes down closer to elbows than a T-shirt - less than I would have liked but could be a good thing.
I ordered a Large and I am a XLS in Quicksilver.
The neck is spot on for about 15.75-16 inches, but I'm definitely a XLS because the chest is on the smaller side.
If you're going off the size chart, use the higher numbers for this top, not the lower ones.
I turned out being an XL and my numbers match the high end of L and low end of XL.
Great For Kiteboarding
Keeps me warm in the water after a wipeout and protects from the wind when riding. I like the board short loop. It helps keep the wetshirt from riding up and my shorts from falling down under my harness.
Have had a few of these, they wear out after a few years of daily four hour use in sea without proper wash-off all the time. Great and the 2mm is warmer than thinner wet-suit tops. Tend to chaff the skin sometimes around the inner arms so I rub petroleum jelly on the skin which takes care of that. However, wetsuit tops are problematic for many hour open water sea swim, chaffing sometimes, and, for example, when they're about, "sea lice" can get under the wetsuit and the itching proceeds, but that's not the wetsuit's fault.
My first wetsuit
My young daughter always wants to get in hotel swimming pools regardless of how cold they are. I hate swimming when the water is less than 85 degrees, so I always dreaded the pool. I decided to give this a try, and it works much better than I expected. Now, my daughter is ready to get out of the pool due to being cold while I'm still very comfortable. I can now hop in the pool with my kids even when other parents are driven out from the cold.
It does fit very tight, and it is a pain to get on/off, especially when wet, but that's what makes it work.
I've only worn it a half dozen times, but it does seem to be well made. I've found no defects in the stitching, and the material is thick but flexible.
Reviewer: Lee Newland
Used this top on a trip last week to Isla Mujeres. Good fit. Comfortable. Snorkeled twice a day for a week with no problems. Should serve well when the waters start cooling down.
I wanted a summer dawn patrol top for the mornings that are not cold but need some protection. This vest is exactly what I was thinking of when I purchased. It fits great and I don't feel as though I'm sliding around every stroke. It is easy in and out. All in all I am very pleased.
I live in Houston, Tx and went out to the beach in Galveston 2 days ago a little skeptical as to wether or not this would hold up to the 58 degree water. I was pretty surprised as to how well it worked. I felt very comfortable and warm despite the cold weather. I HIGHLY recommend this product to anyone.
Reviewer: Bryn Kaufman
First I would like to thank Wetsuit Warehouse for their great service. The phone and Email support is fast, as is the shipping.
Two things you should know about this jacket. One is like the other reviewer said it is probably sized a little small. I was a medium according to the size chart but one size up was a better fit.
The other thing to keep in mind is this jacket comes off over your head. I found it more difficult to get this off than my Spring Suit even with the zipper it has in back.
I hope this review is helpful and enjoy your time on the water!
I bought the jacket for jetskiing in NW Washington state early in the season. I was out last night, 70 deg air, 55 deg water, jumping wakes, getting wet, and stayed very comfortable. It seems sized small, bought based on weight and height. Would suggest being generous on the sizing.
Keeps you warm and still able to play water volleyball,
I am 69 years old and it works great.
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