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Merino lined vs. lavacore vs. otter bay custom hood

Discussion in 'Exposure Suits' started by techapma, Apr 6, 2014.

  1. techapma

    techapma Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: michigan
    I need to purchase a hood to accompany my drysuit for cold water diving.

    Looking for comparison by someone who 's used multiple types.


    1. Warmth
    2. Fit
    3. Flexibility
    4. Buoyancy

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  2. Dan1219

    Dan1219 Angel Fish

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: Wheaton, Illinois, United States
    I dive Lake Michigan and I use a 12mm Otter Bay. Have had it to 34 degrees with great comfort. I have had no issue with fit or flexibility and it is by far the warmest hood I have ever used in the Lake. There is additional buoyancy. I have been so pleased with my Otter bay, that I have just ordered a new Otter Bay hood for my FFM. Also- cant say enough about Cricket and the others at Otter Bay, absolutely wonderful people. In fact, I returned from a dive last night (sat 8:30pm) and had a thought on the FFM hood. I e-mailed my thoughts to Cricket and had a reply this am (sun morning). And remember the Otter Bay is custom made to the measurements of your head. Final thoughts- I have a box full of hoods and the Otter Bay is by far the warmest and best quality and ideal for very cold water diving. Hope this helps. Dan
  3. mshahaf

    mshahaf Divemaster

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Chicago, USA
    I found Waterproof hoods to offer excellent warmth and comfort. Used quite a few other brands before setting on Waterproof.

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