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Typhoon Raptor Cold Water Dive Hood

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Brand: Typhoon / Sport: Scuba Diving

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      29.10.2010 19:21
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      A reasonably priced well performing dive hood

      I decided to buy a dive hood after having completed a dive course in the UK and experiencing difficulties in finding a hood with the club that fit me properly - I have a fairly large head so spent quite some time searching through all the tatty old hoods trying to find XL!

      {Cost and Availability}

      As I have said in previous reviews all dive sites tend to stock different equipment, at varying prices, so it is always worth having a good search to find the cheapest price for the equipment you want to buy. This hood came up on a few sites, and I have spotted it in a couple of shops at dive sites I have used in the UK. I paid just under £30 for mine, but I am sure if you keep an eye on prices you could probably find it cheaper if you are a stickler for getting the cheapest price.

      {Style}

      I'm not sure why I am even writing this section, anyone who has ever worn/seen anyone wearing a hood will know that no matter who you are and what you look like, everyone looks like an idiot wearing one of these things! This is however, a nice looking hood - at least while it is not on your head!

      {Use}

      As I have already said I have a fairly large head, so donning a hood can be a little traumatic for me. I have found this hood very easy to put on however, I roll the neck section up slightly to the outside of the hood and then pull on with both hands, rolling the neck section back down and then adjusting the whole hood to fit properly. Once on the hood fits nicely, and unlike some others it doesn't feel too tight around your neck.

      The hood has edging which covers a good portion of your face, however you have to make sure you have all of your mask seal under the hood to avoid any mask flooding.

      The hood forms a good seal with your wetsuit, and I don't generally notice a lot of flushing during a dive. It keeps your head nice and warm (with the 5/7mm thickness) which is very important during a cold dive!

      One issue I have had with this hood is that the chin tends to come up too far on my mouth, and I recently had to start tucking it under my chin during a dive to avoid it pushing on the bottom of my regulator which is slightly uncomfortable, but I don't particularly notice it during the dive. This isn't much of an issue in water at 13 degrees and above, but if you are diving in water as cold as around 6-9 degrees you might miss that extra bit of chin coverage! This also contributes to an interesting problem that my buddy and I call "cone head" whereby you clear your mask and all of the air expelled goes straight into hood - very attractive! This is mildly irratating and can mostly be avoided if you hold onto the top of your hood while you clear.

      Again this one issue is probably due to my disproportionately large head!

      {Conclusions}

      Overall I would highly recommend this hood for UK diving, it offers a good degree of protection from the cold, and avoids most flushing problems. It is reasonably priced, and having used it on around 15 dives now I have not had any significant problems at all.

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