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    Billabong FOIL wetsuit

    I need to get a wetsuit and I found a 3/2 Billabong FOIL online for 129. Just wondering if anyones ever used one, how are they and will it get me through the winter here in NC.

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    I don't know about the model, but you could "very uncomfortably" make it through the winter with a 3/2 and gloves and booties. Some days, you might miss if it's really cold and windy, but if you live in the area, I here Sweetwater Surf Shop has awesome deals on their Billabong Fullsuits, plus, you'll be able to try them on. But I haven't had experience with Billabong but if they have the same deal next year, I'm gonna get a 4/3. Right now I only have a 3/2 wetsuit. Like I said, you might not be able to surf in the dead of winter.

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    i have the billabong foil steamer fullsuit 4/3 and i love it. its very good for the money and it simply fits me the best out of any other suit out there so if i were you id go to sweetwater and pick up a 4/3 for like 140$ but they're having a sale were you get it for like 30% off with booties gloves and hoods totally worth it. also after you buy it from sweetwater you will be entered into a $500 shopping spree which is a raffle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rvroom78 View Post
    I need to get a wetsuit and I found a 3/2 Billabong FOIL online for 129. Just wondering if anyones ever used one, how are they and will it get me through the winter here in NC.
    The 3/2 Billabong FOIL is only rated down to 60 degree water. I don't know what your conditions are like, but here in MB it gets down to around 50 degrees (water temp) in the winter. I just bought a 4/3 Ripcurl E-Bomb. I can go down to around 45 degrees in this suit. Come January I should still be comfortable whereas with a 3/2 that is not taped (the FOIL is sealed, but not taped) your suit will flush at the zipper and seams and you won't be in the water for very long. The full zipper back and only 50% stretch will cause this suit to be rather stiff compared to more expensive suits. You always want more stretch and the least amount of zipper. I have a chest zip. However, if I had the money I would have bought an O'Neill Mutant that is zipperless with an integrated hood. In the end you buy what you can afford (that's why I don't have a Mutant), but you should know that you WILL be cold during the winter in an untaped 3/2. If you can afford something nicer I would suggest a 4/3 that is at least taped. The 3/2 will be fine for now, but in a few months you won't like it very much.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rvroom78 View Post
    I need to get a wetsuit and I found a 3/2 Billabong FOIL online for 129. Just wondering if anyones ever used one, how are they and will it get me through the winter here in NC.
    I've made it through the past two winters in a 3/2, (and a used one at that) and I was fine, I wasn't pulling 5 hour sessions or anything but I was okay for most of winter. I think with a new 3/2, boots and gloves you would be fine, and that you would be too hot with a 4-3, more than you would be cold with a 3-2. Ideally you could have both, but if you're low on cash you'll do fine in a 3-2.

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    Ya I have managed with a 3/2 the past 2 winters. It does start get wear on me and I'm glad there is a hot shower close to the beach. Just dont stay out for 4-5 hours and get hypothermia.

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    the foil steamer 4/3 is sealed ut with the silk touch interior jersey in the 3/2 and 4/3 you should be fine but if you want to be nice and warm id get the 4/3. but thats my taste i would rather be to hot than cold.

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    Ive got a 4/3 FOIL and i love it. Keeps me toasty all winter.

    Like everyone says, a 3/2 might be a bit chilly in February but you can tough it out if you need to.

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    Great Suit for the $

    I have a Foil 5/4/3 and it is great for the price. Never get cold. Movement is great and comfortable. I have no complaints about it.

  10. i've been debating on a new wetsuit, finally went with this one

    http://www.wetsuitwearhouse.com/Merc...le&cid=froogle

    this is the only website i could find the 5/4/3 and they are selling fast. yesterday they were only sold out of small now they are nearly out of all so take advantage, to me that looks like a heck of a deal and reviews are good, so i hope its niceeee