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Hoods (other than dry hoods, with which I have no experience) do not add anything to the dryness of dry suits. And as has already been said, a properly fitted neck seal, latex or neoprene, will not leak very much, if at all, and usually only if you are really doing some stuff that requires you move your head around a lot.
I actually find that my hood does improve the water tightness of my neck seal as it slips in between the two pieces of neoprene and fits together perfectly. Without the hood on, I'll occasionally get a tiny bit of water in the neck if I move my head around too much, but never had a drop with the hood.
That said, if it's warm enough I'll still go hoodless and try to remember to not try to twist my head around.
Thanks for the replys so far. My Bare CD4 Pro compressed neoprene suit has a neoprene neck seal and I have to wear a hood with it or it leaks pretty good, although it is tired. I thought I would get a lot more use out of the drysuit. I could use it for the cenotes down south, warmer water up here and a back up for my Bare.
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