|Wetsuit hood | Neoprene hood guide|
I can’t remember from the top of my head how much heat does your body loose through the head but it’s a lot in comparison with the size of the head and the size of the rest of the body*. Unless if you have a really large head :). A wetsuit hood will act as insulation for your head and it will prevent your body from cooling down. Plus, in really cold water you can get ice cream headaches when your head is submerged (like when you wipeout, duckdive etc…) under the water. Wetsuit hood acts as protection against cold water and possible winds. It is made out of neoprene that covers your head and neck and leaves your face exposed.
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Should you tuck your wetsuit hood into the wetsuit or not?
Good question. If you tuck it in it is definitely warmer. But by putting it under the wetsuit you risk directing any water that gets into the hood straight into your wetsuit. Since the “seal” between your hood and your face is often not that good this can happen. It also depends on the design of the wetsuit hood. So it’s a matter of choice, not something that is right or wrong. Most of the time if you put the wetsuit hood inside your wetsuit you will be just fine. If you see that you get flushed then take it out.
Do you have troubles breathing while wearing a wetsuit hood?
As long as you breathe through your nose you are fine, but as soon as you need more air and you want to breathe through your mouth wetsuit hood can cause you problems if it puts too much pressure on your chin. Depending on the design of the hood you can slide it lower (under your chin) and breathing will be easier.
*I checked: Between 7 percent and 55 percent of total body heat can be lost through the head