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Billabong 403 B9 Chest Zip Wetsuit - 4mm (For Men)

Closeouts. Don't let cold water stop you. Billabong's 403 B9 chest zip wetsuit has a BOA chest-zip entry with internal barrier that's the driest entry available, and furnace lining that wicks moisture and retains heat to keep you toasty.

Average Rating based on 6 reviews 3.333333 0 5
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  • Reviewed by Doc from NH from New Hampshire on Saturday, March 16, 2013
    Went out surfing today for the first time in this wetsuit. It is mid-March and the water temp was 39 degrees in NH. Despite the cold, I was out about an hour and 15 min and would have stayed out longer had the waves cooperated. Very comfortable/flexible suit and paired very well with an Xcel hood (and gloves and booties). No flush at all but it was a small day...will have to see how it does in bigger surf. Regarding a previous post about something delaminating, I don't know what they were referring to. There appears to be no such material to delaminate nor was there any glue in my suit. The suit is well built and constructed of quality materials. I'm 5'6" and 150lbs and got the small (hoping to lose a few pounds) so I'm at the max end of a small. At first I couldn't get it on or off without help but after doing it half a dozen time I can now do so, albeit with considerable effort. I suspect it will get easier with time. For me the fit is perfect as I wanted to avoid any folds or pockets where cold water could settle. Over all I am extremely pleased with this wetsuit. For the price this was yet another incredible STP deal.
  • Verified Buyer Reviewed by JC from Nahant on Monday, October 29, 2012
    the suit is comfortable and warm, but it tore first time I wore it. price was right and STP did not have replacement in my size so I bought a tube of wetsuit repair gu and fixed a few tears.
    • Best Uses: Fall Spring Northeast
    • Cons: Not Durable
    • Describe Yourself: Intermediate
    • Pros: Flexible And Warm
    • Was this a gift?: No
  • Reviewed by PoopSurfer from San Francisco, CA on Tuesday, October 23, 2012
    I'm a Nor Cal surfer, surf 200+ days/year.


    Nothing wrong with the suit, no "peeling" or delam of materials (as other review suggested).

    Warm -not the warmest 4 I've had, but not the coolest

    Flexable -neoprene is high quality

    Easy in, easy out -chest zips can be tough to get in/out, if you dress with the intended technique it's ake, this is the easiest chestie I've had... even when dry!

    Not as water tight I'd expect, but I've only had one other wetsuit (pro-model "santa cruz brand") that was better at keeping out the flush.

    I look foreward to wearing this suit hundreds of times.
    • Describe Yourself: Professional
    • Was this a gift?: No
  • Reviewed by Iakona from Ventura, CA on Monday, October 15, 2012
    Great flexability for a 4/3 suit. Stayed warm during dawn patrol in 55 degree water. Internal lining dries pretty fast so you dont have to drop your nuggets into a cold, damp wetsuit.
    • Best Uses: Surfing
    • Describe Yourself: Advanced
    • Pros: Keeps Your Man Parts Warm, You Look Super Buff
    • Was this a gift?: No
  • Verified Buyer Reviewed by Pacific Northwest from Seattle on Saturday, October 6, 2012
    The proportions of this suit are off. I tried a smaller size and couldn't get it on or off. I am short, but athletic. I went up to an XL and it was way to long in the arms and legs, but still too small in the chest. If you are skinny and have a small chest, it would work, but anyone with a 42" chest and big shoulders would be better off looking at another brand. Even the XL is way to hard to get on and off.
    • Best Uses: Kite Boarding, Wind Surfing
    • Cons: Badly Proportioned, Hard To Put On Or Off
    • Describe Yourself: Advanced
    • Pros: Seems Well Made
    • Was this a gift?: No
  • Verified Buyer Reviewed by Jobo kiteboarder surfer from North Carolina on Saturday, April 14, 2012
    This product has glue all over the interior and the wicking fabric that makes it a more expensive suit was peeling away from the inside neoprene out of the box. I might have returned it had I not needed it immediately. I also thought it would be a bit warmer in 56-58 F ocean water but it was adequate and better than cheaper 4/3s i've used in the past. I used it for an entire week straight and problem areas don't seem to be getting worse so I gave it 2 stars. Getting in and out of a BOA chest entry was much harder than I anticipated and I would look again at back zipper entry. I'm 5'10 and 165lbs with big shoulders and purchased the large. The fit was very tight when dry and I don't think I could have gotten the medium on. But a Large short would have fit me better and probably reduced the water retention in the calf sections when kiteboarding. If my shoulders were a little smaller the medium would have been a better choice. Overall I was disapointed initially but the price was right for the suit and I would probably buy it again.
    • Cons: Could be warmer for 43, Fabric faulty Out of box, Glue all over interior
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