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Neoprene Hoods

When surfing, sailing, dinghy sailing, catamaran sailing, kite-surfing, windsurfing, jet-skiing and other water sports, it is important to protect yourself from the cold. This concerns above all the head, which is the part of the body most affected by heat loss and which transmits the sensation of cold to the rest of the body: it is therefore important to protect your head when sailing or practising in cold waters such as surfing out of season. The other parts to protect from the cold with a neoprene hood are the ears and in particular the inside of them.

To surf in winter or do any water activity in cold water, use the balaclava in addition to a neoprene wetsuit, neoprene boots and neoprene gloves. Neoprene hoods are generally 2 mm thick, which effectively protects the head against the cold of the water and air. When choosing the size, it is important that the hood is well fitted to limit water ingress and above all to limit neck irritation, especially as it will relax when wet.


The basic insulating material is neoprene, a synthetic rubber that is not 100 % waterproof but keeps the body parts warm. Neoprene is also a soft and comfortable material to wear. It is light and water-repellent, does not absorb water and dries very quickly.


Among the products available on Picksea, you will find neoprene hoods from the best brands on the market, such as Zhik, Magic Marine or Prolimit, which are the market leaders. We can find either removable hoods, which leaves the choice to the practitioner to use or not the hood with his suit.

Otherwise, full face hoods can be worn with any suit, even those of another brand.

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