can this suit be used with out the hood ,and would you recommend using it
canoeing in cold water?
the hood cannot be detached. It can be worn off (hanging) but would probably damage the suit or the zipper might get you during activity. This suit is great for anything cold water. I use it for activities in water between 40 and 45 degrees. Works because of the limb, zipper and face seals. Hope this helps
For scuba you cannot really use it w/out hood. Also for anything above water ( ie canoeing even in cold water) I really don't think the suit would work. The suit is VERY WARM. I was warm in water down to about 50 degrees in it. Above water I think you will be way too warm.
The hood is an integral part of the suit so would have to be cut off. This would turn the suit into a wet suit (as opposed to a semi-dry). I wouldn’t do it.
You could use it with out the hood, it might be a little tight around the neck. But if your tolerence is ok with that. Mine(womens) is a little tight and I don't like it when I have the hood off. My husbands is ok with his off. We love these semi drys. It's been one of the best buys for scuba diving so far. I think they would be great for canoeing, but you might get pretty warm in them . When we are on the boat (Arizona) waiting between dives we get pretty warm and take the hoods off and unzip them (but the lake water is cold enough to need them.)
The hood is attached and if not worn it will impede your head motion. Secondly as a kayaker the 8mm neoprene is too bulky to maneuver paddles etc.
Personally I would not use this suit for canoeing.
the hood is attached and is a bit bulky. Additionally for canoeing the suit itself woudl be restrictive but doable.......i woudl look at more of a kyak type suit for this application however....i do like the suit a lot for cold water diving though....hope this helps
The hood is attached and cannot be removed. It's pretty uncomfortable around the neck with the hood down for long periods of time. No, I wouldn't recommend it. The suit is for scuba diving not canoeing where you need movement throughout.
DAVID M M
I would not recommend this for canoeing. The hood is attached. The neoprene is too thick and restricts movement. If you are going to wear a wetsuit (which I don't think is appropriate for canoeing, then I would recommend a 5 mm Henderson hyperstretch. Wetsuits are not windproof or waterproof and will make you sweat. Also consider a trilaminate dry suit. Good luck. David Miller
TThe hood is attached and unavoidable. You could push it past your face, but its a lot of neoprene to have bunched up behind your head. I would NOT recommend this for surface water sports like canoeing. You want a dry suit for canoers, not the variety made for diving. You can layer up nicely under one of them. It might be more expensive but this suit will deteriorate a lot quicker on the surface due to uv exposure.
no, the hood is attached and can't be removed. I'm sure it would be warm enough for most water sports in cold water.
The hood is attached to the suit but you can flip it back and stick your head out of the face opening (it has alot of stretch to it). It may be too tight on your neck to breathe easily if you wear it like that though. I tried walking around like that and found it uncomfortable.
As for canoeing; I have not tried using it for that yet, but I am sure it would work well if you are in cold water.
No, The hood is not detachable. Once the zipper goes up to your chest you pretty much need to move the hood over your head or you may break the zipper.
I'm not sure about canoeing, but I think this may be too warm to wear outside of the water. You might want to get a regular wet suit and not a semi dry one for that purpose.