surf hoods

Discussion in 'Mid Atlantic' started by PatSayJack, Jan 11, 2011.

  1. PatSayJack

    PatSayJack Well-Known Member

    Aug 20, 2008
    getting a wetsuit hood...trying to get peoples opinions/reviews before I buy. never bought a hood by itself before ha.

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  2. offshore

    offshore Well-Known Member

    Sep 5, 2010
    I've got one if you want it? Size large and I'll post pics if your interested. I've used it once before and I'm not going to lie if you go down or duck dive it flushes.

  3. GnarActually

    GnarActually Well-Known Member

    Sep 30, 2007
    Buy a hood wiTh attached chest thermal lining
  4. slopman

    slopman Well-Known Member

    May 7, 2007
    I have a 3mil Xcel bamboo lined hood with drawstring and I love it. I have front-zip wetsuit and the hood had two layers, one to go under the neckpiece and then another layer to go on top of the neckpiece. Minimal flushing and very comfy. If you are surfing in the northeast then you might want a hood with a thermo layer attached to help keep ya warm!
  5. Conspiracyrider

    Conspiracyrider Well-Known Member

    Feb 4, 2009
    before i got my drylock with attached hood i used my 4/3 drylock with 2mm wetsuit hood with bill. It had thermobamboo heat retaining lining made with bamboo charcoal infused fibers. It kept me warm all winter long. If u dnt have a hooded wetsuit then this is good. If you want something that wont flush as bad and easier to use. I would get the Xcel polypro hooded vest.
  6. TheWizard

    TheWizard Well-Known Member

    Dec 17, 2010
    its all about them bibbed hoods yadayafeelme?
  7. PatSayJack

    PatSayJack Well-Known Member

    Aug 20, 2008
  8. mongoloid

    mongoloid Well-Known Member

    Nov 5, 2010
    thought you were going to talk about surfing in tha 'hood
  9. EastShoreRider2

    EastShoreRider2 Active Member

    Jan 14, 2009
    I would go with a hooded vest. I have the Xcel Polypro hooded vest; it provides extra body warmth and it's a great hood.
  10. wontonwonton

    wontonwonton Well-Known Member

    Mar 13, 2007
  11. PatSayJack

    PatSayJack Well-Known Member

    Aug 20, 2008
    is there really no chin fatigue? I used a hyperflex hood a few years back and it was choking me pretty hard in the chin area. It had a really short neck and it was real annoying. Did they fix the newer models?
  12. leethestud

    leethestud Well-Known Member

    Aug 12, 2010
    black wetsuit, black boots. Black gloves black hood. All black erey-thang! All black erey-thang!

    I've been using a 2mil xcel hooded vest. I dont like bibbed hoods because never fail ill be unzippping and re-situating out in the lineup. When its attached to a vest 1. its warm as hell 2. it aint goinz nowhere, dawg.
  13. PatSayJack

    PatSayJack Well-Known Member

    Aug 20, 2008
    how's the sizing on the xcel hooded vest? is it pretty true to size or should I size up or down? i'm 6 foot 170ish with a lot of hair on my head if that helps. I'm ordering online so I def. wanna order the right size and save myself the hassle of sending it back for a diff. one. :)
  14. leethestud

    leethestud Well-Known Member

    Aug 12, 2010
    Mine has a draw string around the face so I imagine there is some wiggle room for hair. Iv got about 15 lbs on you but the large fits me like a condom. Maybe try a medium?

  15. wallysurfr

    wallysurfr Well-Known Member

    Oct 23, 2007
    I'm surprised the companies haven't started to include new technology into hoods. They've done it with suits, boots and gloves. I think next they will focus on the hoods. I've already seen some differences in Quiksilvers hoods. They leave a flexible patch of neoprene straight down the front of the neck for the adams apple. Reduces feeling of choking out there... Also, the new optional chin cover... What's next? What would you want changed on your hood?
  16. Ray F.

    Ray F. Well-Known Member

    Sep 13, 2009
    That's appropriate.....but I digress.

    Jon, the hooded vest versions are the best. Billibong's SG5 is pretty nice. It's all neoprene and has a flap that goes over the collar to prevent flushing.

    I've never used the poly vests, but I'd be a little concerned about their fabric construction allowing it to draw flushed water down to your core. I'm sure some owners could comment on that, though.