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Hood compatible with FFM?

Discussion in 'Public Safety Divers' started by paperdesk, Sep 10, 2018.

  1. runsongas

    runsongas Loggerhead Turtle

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    no gluing required for that combo seal, but the neck seal would only be redundant to the face seal. if you tear that at the neck, you still would have to replace the whole seal.
     
  2. paperdesk

    paperdesk Solo Diver

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    Location: Inchelium, WA
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    Sure. The only thing I would be really sad about is swapping out my silicone neck seal I'm currently using for a latex neck seal. I really like the silicone!
     
  3. shurite7

    shurite7 Dive Shop

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    We have no issues getting our Guardian FFM to seal over our hood up hear. It is not sealing over the entire edge of the hood. The hood around our chin is pulled back and the FFM seals to our face. The rest of the FFM fits over the hood. I have yet to trim back my hood. What learned about the Guardian is the really cinch it down with the two bottom straps, fairly tight with the side straps and barely even snug on the top strap. Tightening the top one gave me jaw fatigue and didn't always allow the FFM to seal around my chin.
     
  4. paperdesk

    paperdesk Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
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    Very interesting! Thanks for the great tips. I'll see if I can play around with it a bit more and try some of these ideas.
     
  5. Ditchdoc383

    Ditchdoc383 Angel Fish

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    Location: Indianapolis, Indiana
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    Latex hood with a beanie underneath. Works great for us and it gets damn icy where we are. They sell the ones that fasten with a chin strap underneath. Not too thick and oh so warm
     
  6. paperdesk

    paperdesk Solo Diver

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    Location: Inchelium, WA
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    Thanks, this is the option I'm going to try next!
     
  7. Peter Slater

    Peter Slater Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: Cleveland
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    I'll add my experience with a combination latex hood\seal. I used to install it in the sitech system but I had troubles with it pulling out during the dive and flooding the suit. I now just wear it like a normal hood with a silicone neck seal. I've had issues with it sealing around my face and have bought but not dived a full facemask for it.
     
  8. paperdesk

    paperdesk Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Inchelium, WA
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    That's odd. Never heard of a seal pulling out. Don't like the sound of that. Do you think it was defective?
     
  9. Peter Slater

    Peter Slater Solo Diver

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    Location: Cleveland
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    I don't think so. The thickness is the same as a late neck seal but since it was attached to my head, when I looked up it pulled out.

    I figured that it depends on how long your neck is and where the hood flange is placed in the ring. For me the hood was too short.

    Another benefit of having a separate hood is that I found it easier to get off and on, compared to when it was on the suit.
     
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  10. kylergoehle

    kylergoehle Public Safety Diver

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Massachusetts
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    I have the sea soft 6mm you referenced and it works great with my AGA.
     
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