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Hoods and being choked to death

Discussion in 'Diving Into New Gear' started by iyakonboats, Sep 1, 2020.

  1. JahJahwarrior

    JahJahwarrior ScubaBoard Supporter Staff Member ScubaBoard Supporter

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    If there is anything to buy local, it's wetsuits and hoods.

    If the local shop doesn't have the brand you want to try on, time for a vacation! :)

    My K01 is the 5mm and only for dives where I'm not moving much, otherwise it is stifling hot. My Lavacore is great but provides no thermal protection at all, just bare minimum, but for swimming dives it is perfect. Both purchased in a store after trying on 2-3 sizes.
     
  2. jagfish

    jagfish The man behind the fish ScubaBoard Supporter

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    I almost suffocated myself in a fitting room one hot day...while I was pulling the (too small) hooded vest down over my head, when it stopped while covering my mouth and nose. Due to the sweat, it got stuck in place and I could not breathe. I struggled like mad for what felt like a (breathless) eternity. Things just started to get "sparkly" when I was finally able to dislodge the vest enough to grab a breath. No one expects to go out like that...
     
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  3. lamarpaulski

    lamarpaulski Solo Diver

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    I hate hoods too because of that chokey feeling. I find hooded vests are much much better and really keep you warm too. I can’t really explain why they don’t choke as much as hoods but they don’t. I keep thickness to a minimum for diving conditions.

    ymmv
     
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  4. FluffyRabbit

    FluffyRabbit Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 25 - 49
    Location: San Diego, CA
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    If I wear the hood by itself on land, it is not too bad. However, when I tuck it under my wetsuit, all the material scrunches up and that choking feeling is horrible, especially with neck flexion. Recently, I started wearing the hood outside of my wetsuit - it looks weird, but its almost just as warm underwater with much less constriction.
     
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  5. birdman27

    birdman27 Nassau Grouper

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Santa Rosa, CA
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    I too find hooded vests to be much more comfortable. Really changed my desire to dive locally once I figured that out (and I only figured it out by accident when I had a major suit malfunction on day 1 of a 3 day trip to the channel islands; one of the crew let me borrow his old hooded vest and the rest is history)
     
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  6. Caveeagle

    Caveeagle Rebreather Pilot

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
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    Fourth element makes a real nice hood. Only one I have found that doesn’t choke me out.
     
  7. Scraps

    Scraps ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    What a great post! Thanks for taking the time to share that history, Sam.
     
  8. Dark Wolf

    Dark Wolf Solo Diver

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    I also have long and thick hair. I went with the zip back and bought two sizes. The XL was very snug, and I dove it with the zipper unzipped for a few months until the neoprene stretched some. I also trimmed around the face. It now fits very well, but there was a time I was about to set it on fire.

    DW
     
  9. dewdropsonrosa

    dewdropsonrosa ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    I'm with @davehicks's wife and @Dark Wolf. If you have a lot of hair (when I started diving, mine was long enough to snap my neck if I sat on my ponytail), a zippered hood left unzipped/gusset coverage only is the way to go.
     
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  10. EireDiver606

    EireDiver606 Public Safety Diver

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    Did it not all begin in Italy during WW2? I suppose US, Italy, and France were developing scuba at the same time.
     

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