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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. Graeme Fraser

    Graeme Fraser Tech Instructor

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Narnia
    +1 for Waterproof H1. Best hood I've ever used by far.
  2. Zef

    Zef Divemaster

    Also, hoods can be custom made...look up custom made/made to measure drysuits...often they take head and neck measurements to have a hood made to accompany the suits they build. Contact one of these places and see if they can make you something custom to your head size and shape.

  3. JohnnyC

    JohnnyC PADI Pro

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: United States
    Like a mask, “best” is a function of fit. Someone saying one brand is best is worth exactly what you paid for it. Find the right fitting hood and that is the best. For me, the Aqualung 3mm with a couple holes burned in it, and the K01 are the best.
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  4. Ministryofgiraffes

    Ministryofgiraffes Manta Ray

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Toronto
    +1 for fourth element..it’s to only non ‘waterproof’ item I have. I swear by waterproof but prefer the fourth element exotherm over my waterproof 5mm and 7mm

    All are excellent but I found the waterproof took longer to break in and were a little more ‘squeezy’ on my melon.
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  5. Stoo

    Stoo NAUI Instructor

    # of Dives: 5,000 - ∞
    Location: Freelton & Tobermory, Ontario, Canada
  6. scubadada

    scubadada Diver Staff Member ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Philadelphia and Boynton Beach
    Hi @Viper12161

    I quit wearing a hood many years ago and switched to hooded vests. I found that if I needed the extra warmth from a hood, I got significantly more from the hooded vest, added several degrees of extra comfort. Personally, I found the hooded vest at least as comfortable, or more comfortable to wear. I have had several over the years. I currently dive a 5/3 mm Henderson Thermoprene Pro. I only dive in water down to the low 50s, they also make a 7/5 mm model. They are moderate in price. I take my hooded vest with me on every dive, add it if I need something over the full suit I picked out for the day.

    Something different to think about
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  7. Viper12161

    Viper12161 Nassau Grouper

    # of Dives: 0 - 24
    Location: Rhode Island
    As always, thanks for all the suggestions everyone!!
  8. NorCalDM

    NorCalDM Barracuda

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Vacaville California
    I also believe a hooded vest is better but I personally dive a wetsuit that has the hood attached. I just feel they are a more comfortable wetsuit and if I'm wearing a 7 or 8mm wetsuit I will be needing a hood anyway.
  9. PfcAJ

    PfcAJ Orca

    # of Dives: 5,000 - ∞
    Location: St Petersburg, Fl
    K01 hoods are pretty comfortable. 5mm and 8mm.
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  10. Neilwood

    Neilwood Loggerhead Turtle

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: Scotland
    Waterproof hood - it is tight enough to keep my noggin warm but not too tight as to give too much pressure. I have found that too tight a hood exerts pressure on my windpipe making me susceptible to gagging if I move the wrong way - not pleasant in the least.

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