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  • Fourth Element Thermocline Hood - Unisex

Fourth Element Thermocline Hood - Unisex

$64.00  $61.00
Save: $3.00 (5%)

  • Model: TLH
  • Brand: Fourth Element

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Product Description

The lightweight Fourth Element Thermocline Hood is the answer for all the people that don't want the claustrophobic feeling of a neoprene hood but are keen for a little extra warmth in temperate waters. It's remarkably comfortable and warm as well as being very easy to don and remove. The material is quick drying, neutrally buoyant and provides thermal protection equivalent of 2 to 3 mm thick neoprene.

Thermocline is Neutrally Buoyant:
The Thermocline neutrally buoyant system represents an evolution in thermal protection, using state of the art materials to maximise performance without compromising on comfort.

Thermocline is Machine Washable
Machine wash cold. Line dry. Do not use bleach. Do not iron. Do not tumble dry. Can be dry cleaned. Avoid use of fabric softeners.

Thermocline Protection Layers

Fourth Element Thermocline is a genuine trilaminate fabric. The unique semi-permeable breathable membrane is bonded to a high graded nylon/ lycra to create the face, and a brushed polyester fleece to provide a soft and luxurious inner, which also traps water next to the skin when submerged. The membrane provides wind and water proofing from the elements, although of course water ingress will occur at the seams and apertures. The flexibility and lightweight fabric provides considerable freedom of movement and a neutrally buoyant, breathable barrier when immersed or on the surface.

Thermocline Protection Layers
  1. Water and wind from outside.
  2. The nylon outer layer of the suit repels water and enables fast water run-off and easy drying.
  3. The breathable and waterproof membrane layer is bonded to the nylon and fleece to form a protective barrier.
  4. The fleece layer draws moisture away from the skin and wicks through the breathable membrane where it evaporates off the nylon surface.
  5. The hydrophilic inner fleece traps a thin layer of water next to your skin to keep you warm throughout your dive.

Thermocline vs Neoprene Skin Allergy

Fourth Element Thermocline garments have been very successful in helping people with neoprene skin allergy to continue to enjoy their diving. The lightweight neutrally buoyant wetsuit system can be used instead of a traditional neoprene wetsuit for warm water diving, or it can be used underneath a neoprene suit to provide an effective barrier to skin contact.

Allergic reaction to neoprene is generally ascribed to the accelerants used to manufacture the man-made rubber (i.e. thiurams, carbamates, thioureas, thiazoles). While not life-threatening, if left mismanaged or untreated, these reactions can cause permanent damage to the patient/user's skin. Therefore, an accurate and complete diagnosis is essential and if it occurs, a doctor should be consulted.

Please note that in some cases the allergy may be so severe that thermocline may not be 100% effective. It is impossible for us to know this without detailed assessment from a doctor, and results for individuals do vary. However, most people have found that using thermocline alleviates if not eliminates their symptoms.

The Thermocline range does not involve any of these accelerants and many neoprene skin allergy sufferers have been helped by using Thermocline.

Fourth Element Thermocline Hood Features

  • Thermal performance of 2-3mm neoprene
  • Neutrally buoyant, breathable, lightweight and hypoallergenic
  • Increased thermal protection
  • Requires no extra lead
  • Fully machine washable

Fourth Element Dive Hood Size Charts

Use the table below as a guide to help select which size Hood best suits you. If you require any further assistance/advice please don't hesitate to contact us.

Head Circumference Inches CM
XS 19-20" 48-51
S 20-21" 51-53
M 21-22" 53-56
L 22-23" 56-59
XL 23-24" 59-61
XXL 24-25" 61-64

What We Think...

  • Neutrally buoyant meaning less lead required — lovely!
  • Equivalent warmth of a 2-3mm wetsuit
  • Solution for people with neoprene allergies.
  • An alternative to the Sharkskin, Lavacore and Enth Degree products.

(07/17 LRB)

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