Wetsuit hoods and caps are designed to stop that ice cream head freeze feeling and allow you to surf longer even during the coldest winter months. A good wetsuit hood is designed to keep your head and ears warm. Neoprene hoods come in two thicknesses of either two or three millimetres and can be full balaclava hoods to allow integration into your wet suit or under the chin cap style, for more manoeuvrability but less warmth. Neoprene wetsuit hoods are popular amongst surfers and water sports users because they trap in heat. A good wetsuit hood will make duck diving that chilling wave ever so slightly more comfortable which is vital when you are jumping into those freezing waters to start with. Wearing a wetsuit hood does improve warmth however there are some compromises, it will restrict neck movement slightly and also reduces your ability to hear. These small issues are definitely outweighed by the positives neoprene hoods provide.
When participating in any sport keeping body heat regulated is very important, it helps concentration and most importantly keeps you warm. The head holds around 15% of the bodys blood and around 30% of heat can be lost through the head. The latest wetsuit hoods from the top brands now feature advanced materials like the smooth skin neoprene which improves wind resistance, drawstring cords to reduce hood flush and an internal manifold to help improve the seal between the wetsuit hood and wetsuit neck seal. The neoprene hoods at Boardshop.co.uk have all be used by the team here, we ride our Wittering waves throughout January and February when the sea is at its coldest. Our results speak for themselves we are still surfing it wetsuit hoods so we know they work. If you need help choosing a hood or are not sure what will work best with your wetsuit, please get in touch via email or phone. read more