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    Yet another wetsuit question...hooded or not?

    I surf virginia beach almost exclusively and I'm about to make the plunge to get more sessions in. I'm really not sure how far my 3/2 will get me into the fall because I pretty much wrap it up once the time changes but starting this year I want to go into the winter. I'm looking at getting a 4/3 xcel dry lock but am struggling with hood or no hood. So what do the people of Hampton Roads do?

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    I say hood it. The water does get pretty cold here. If we are lucky the 3/2 goes through mid December. Plus after two or three cold waves on the head, doesn't feel good at 48degrees. Also I own a 5/4/3 dry lock and it is a very good suit. Head stays relatively warmer and no neck rush from being open. I use three mil gloves hands never get cold.

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    Thanks for the input. Just to be clear I'm talking about wetsuits with attached hoods vs not. If I got a wetsuit w/out an attached hood I would still buy a hood to wear or a vest with a hood.

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    id say go with attached hood.

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    I have gone as low as 44 degree water in a 4/3 without the hood and just a surf cap. 3mm gloves and boots. wasnt too cold.

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    Get it w/o the hood.. and get a hooded vest. You will have days when you don't want the hood... You will also have days when a 3/2 wit the hood is all you need.

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    Does trevolution only buy hoodless suits now that he's got that spit hood courtesy of the PD?

    Comfort and pain are all subjective to the individual. Mid-40's and I'm hoodless. But I wouldn't advise anyone else to do some/most of the things I do.

    Bi-stater had good points about days not wanting the hood and also the 3/2 plus hooded vest being more than adequate on others.

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    Take a look at the O'neill Mutant...

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    If you like hearing, and pain free ears, wear the hood in the colder months.

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    Hood ...........

    And get a 5 mil ......scratch the 4 mil. They're absolutely pointless for the mid-Atlantic region. You can wear a 5 mil until it's time to don the 3 mil. These guys who get too hot because it's 50 F in the air and 53 in the water have menopause or something. You can wear a 5 mil until 54-55 F. Plus it will give you that added warmth. It gets cold in Virginia, man.

    And wear earplugs during the cold months........just do it.