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Best Hood that doesn't squeeze my head like a ripe melon

Discussion in 'New Divers and Those Considering Diving' started by Viper12161, Aug 13, 2019.

  1. Viper12161

    Viper12161 Nassau Grouper

    # of Dives: 0 - 24
    Location: Rhode Island
    Hey all,

    Wore a hood on my first dive this past weekend. Water was a balmy 54 degree's. I was using a local shop provided hood, and the damn thing was extremely uncomfortable. Wasn't as bad once under water, but on the surface it hurt the back of my neck and head. It was an XL and I'm fairly confident it was the right size, just the type of hood was probably the issue. I looked for info online, and everything I found that recommended great hoods the post was over 5+ years old and the hood was discontinued. The one I found that was apparently the best was a Henderson, but again, disco'd. So looking for recommendations on a good comfortable hood that I can still actually buy. I live in New England, so will pretty much always be using a hood for most dives.

  2. Marie13

    Marie13 Great Lakes Mermaid ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Great Lakes
    Waterproof brand.
  3. Mr. Sunday

    Mr. Sunday Instructor, Scuba

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: Seattle-WA-USA
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  4. GrafCanuck

    GrafCanuck Barracuda

    # of Dives: 25 - 49
    Location: London, Ontario, Canada
    +1 Waterproof. I have an H1 5/7mm bought online from Leisure Pro.
    Products - Waterproof
    Easy to put on and easy to take off. I can't say that about a few other brands that I have tried over the past couple of years. So far so good.
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  5. BikerBecca

    BikerBecca Barracuda

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: San Francisco
    OMG!!! Cricket is the Goddess of wetsuits. Awesome recommendation! :clapping:
    Hoyden and Mr. Sunday like this.
  6. Caveeagle

    Caveeagle Rebreather Pilot

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: High Springs, FL
    Fourth Element Xerotherm
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  7. JackD342

    JackD342 Dive Shop

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Highland Park, IL
    Which Henderson? I might just have it on the shelf...
  8. Stoo

    Stoo NAUI Instructor

    # of Dives: 5,000 - ∞
    Location: Freelton & Tobermory, Ontario, Canada
    While the suggested brands are all lovely, there's no reason to expect them to fit any better than the one you had. Go to a shop... or two, or three... and try them all on. Every brand, every "model", every thickness will fit and feel different. Some will be ok, some won't and some will be perfect.

    Bear in mind that they need to be comfortably snug to work properly. A lose hood is useless...
    rjack321, maj2, GrafCanuck and 3 others like this.
  9. GreggS

    GreggS Manta Ray

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Thomasville, NC
    I have a Henderson Aqualock 5/3 and although I think I have a larger than normal head, I wear a large. It is very comfortable and warm and since it is fleece lined, it is easy to don and doff.

    But as syggested previously, go to an LDS and try them on. Find the one that fits YOU best.
  10. Bob DBF

    Bob DBF Solo Diver

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    Location: NorCal
    I'm with @Stoo, it's a matter of fit, so the only way to see if it fits comfortably is to try out as many as you can, or get one custom made.

    maj2 and Stoo like this.

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