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Is it crazy to wear a hood with a shorty?

Discussion in 'Exposure Suits' started by studiokpg, Oct 20, 2012.

  1. studiokpg

    studiokpg Registered

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    Hi, I'm just getting started in scuba, and looking at my first wetsuit. I'm thinking I want a 3mm long-sleeve shorty for tropical diving which I'll be doing. But for places where it is just a bit too cold for that, thought about adding a hood, since we lose most heat from the head. Am I going to be a dork if I wear a hood with a shorty? :dork2:
     
  2. tstormdiver

    tstormdiver Instructor, Scuba

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    Not if you want to keep your brain pan warm. Might look at something like a beanie type hood. Where I dive, protection of the ears from the blue gill fish (Kentucky Piranha) is a must.:D
     
  3. Gilldiver

    Gilldiver Contributor

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    The old saying is "If your feet are cold, put on your hat" fits this question. Other considerations are that a hood can keep long hair under control or protect your head if you don't have much on top (my problem).
     
  4. Mike2Fst

    Mike2Fst Solo Diver

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    I wear a hood with a shorty often, if the head is warm the rest of the body is happy, at least for me.
     
  5. spectrum

    spectrum Dive Bum Wannabe ScubaBoard Supporter

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    No problem at all it will be a big help.

    Be sure to realize that when on a dive intensive vacation you may be making 4-5 dves a day the shorty that is more than adequate on day one may leave you tired and skipping dives by the end of the week as silent hypothermia sets in. A shorty may not be your best first suit.

    Pete
     
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  6. Doc Harry

    Doc Harry Solo Diver

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    I wear a hood with a shorty.
     
  7. CT Sean

    CT Sean Contributor

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  8. cbm32

    cbm32 Contributor

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    Dive in what makes you comfortable. If anyone else doesnt like it, it is there problem.
     
  9. studiokpg

    studiokpg Registered

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    Thanks for the good inputs guys!
     
  10. Tortuga68

    Tortuga68 Divemaster

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    "If the experiment had been performed with people wearing only swimming trunks, they would have lost no more than 10% of their body heat through their head"

    Who wears swimming trunks and a hat (for warmth)? That's right, nobody. Scientists are the masters of stating the obvious

    This is the relevant part:

    "Because it was the only part of their bodies left uncovered, most of their heat was lost through their heads"

    The thread is about adding a hood to your existing exposure protection, not wearing a hood with budgie smugglers

    Per the report, if your head is the only part of your body not insulated (by your wet/dry suit) then that's where you will lose the most heat & therefore where you will get the most improvement in heat retention by adding insulation. QED and duh, thanks science

    Shorty, maybe you should consider a full suit as well but I'd rather have a warm head than lower legs/arms, I don't do too much thinking with them

    There's a reason why your body shuts down blood flow to extremities first
     
    Last edited: Oct 20, 2012

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