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Lavacore Women's Hooded Vest

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Just the xtra warmth needed!

By Robert B.

 -  Rogue River, OR, US

This vest is warm and fuzzy on the inside, the medium fit me perfectly. Easy to put on and take off, even though it isn't really stretchy. Just the added warmth I needed in the Philippines under my 3ml full wet suit. The hood was great because it didn't move around with the mask strap the way a separate hood would. By the 3rd dive of the day, I was very glad to have bought the vest!

 

Perfect extra layer

By L B.

 -  Naperville, IL, US

This is perfect - I wear it every time I dive - even tropical water as I find my ears feel better with my heard covered, especially on long dive trips when you are in the water 3-4 times a day.

Lavacore is a technically advanced fabric, constructed and engineered exclusively for water sports requiring the ultimate in thermal control and superior comfort. Thermal and neutral buoyancy properties create the ideal garment - under a neoprene wetsuit for added insulation and warmth or as a stand-alone exposure protection garment. The unique design of Lavacore materials eliminates constriction and allows for extreme movement and flexibility while regulating your core warmth.

Lavacore vests are made with an exclusive Polytherm Tri-Laminate. Ideal for use as a primary exposure vest in warmer waters or as a supplemental undergarment in colder waters. Windproof and breathable providing anti-wind chill properties while also drawing moisture away from the body on the surface, ensuring warmth in cold conditions. For the ultimate in warmth Lavacore's Merino Laminate lined garments are super soft yet durable. Moisture wicking and anti-bacterial, the Merino fleece inner minimizes odor and keeps you warm above and below the surface.

Vest is DWR: Durable Water Repellant has flat seam construction throughout for stretch and comfort. Lavacore is neutrally buoyant so you won't need to add weight to your weight system compromising your weight comfort zone. All seams are overlapped during flat-lock sewing to ensure maximum water integrity and strength. Lavacore provides SPF 50+ sun protection and is designed and developed with your guarantee of quality.

Women's hooded vest has extended material in the rear to keep vests and shirts from riding up the back. Vest has a drawstring and a toggle fitted to the base eliminating ride up and ensures thermal protection in the kidney and lower back areas. The garment is also hypoallergenic. Vest is black in color and is available in multiple sizes.

Warranty Information

This product has a limited warranty of 12 months.

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LavaCore Hooded Vest Features

  • Lavacore Women's Hooded Vest:
  • Technically Advance Fabric
  • Ultimate in Thermal Control and Superior Comfort
  • Constructed and Engineered Exclusively for Water Sports
  • Unique Synthetic Construction
  • Exclusive Polytherm Tri-Laminate
  • Merino Laminate Lined Garment
  • Water Resistant Outer Layer for Fast Water Run Off and Quick Drying
  • Windproof Middle Layer for Anti-Wind Chill and Superior Warmth
  • Breathable Middle Layer Allows Perspiration to Be Drawn Away in Hot Conditions
  • 4-Way Stretch for Ultimate Flexibility
  • Neutrally Buoyant
  • Worn by Itself in Warm Water or Under Exposure Suit for Added Warmth
  • Use for Thermal Layer and/or UV Protection
  • Overlapped Flatlock Seams for Extra Durability and Warmth
  • Sun Protection: SPF 50+
  • Hypoallergenic Fabric
  • Extended Material in Rear to Keep Vest from Riding Up Back
  • Waist Drawstring w/Barrel Lock to Prevent Vest Ride Up
  • DWR: Durable Water Repellant
  • Color: Black
  • Available in Multiple Sizes

Lavacore Women's Hooded Vest Customer Reviews

Review Summary

 
4.4

(based on 7 reviews)

86%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Just the xtra warmth needed!

This vest is warm and fuzzy on the inside, the medium fit me perfectly. Easy to put on and take off, even though it isn't really stretchy. Just the added warmth I needed in the Philippines under my 3ml full wet suit. The hood was great because it didn't move around with the mask strap the way a separate hood would. By the 3rd dive of the day, I was very glad to have bought the vest!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Not fitted for women and not very warm

This vest isn't fitted for women despite what it claims. It fits like a potato sack. It's also not very warm, even under a wetsuit that compresses it to fit.

Reviewed by 7 customers

 

Just the xtra warmth needed!

By Robert B.

from Rogue River, OR, US

This vest is warm and fuzzy on the inside, the medium fit me perfectly. Easy to put on and take off, even though it isn't really stretchy. Just the added warmth I needed in the Philippines under my 3ml full wet suit. The hood was great because it didn't move around with the mask strap the way a separate hood would. By the 3rd dive of the day, I was very glad to have bought the vest!

 

Perfect extra layer

By L B.

from Naperville, IL, US

This is perfect - I wear it every time I dive - even tropical water as I find my ears feel better with my heard covered, especially on long dive trips when you are in the water 3-4 times a day.

 

Great extra layer

By Jess H.

I always get cold in my wet suit when diving multiple times per day (even in 85F water!). This hooded vest is a great, comfortable second layer that I love to save for the third or fourth dive of the day. I love that it is non-constricting, and the drawstring at the bottom keeps it from riding up to my waist. I use it both with the hood up and the hood down, and I like it both ways. Fit is true to size in my opinion.

 

More warmth no bulk

By thewookie t.

from Chicago, IL, US

I am always cold, especially on the second dive of the day (or the third dive, fourth dive, and so on...). What a difference this makes! The hood is much more comfortable than a neoprene hood and you can hear better as well! It is also easy to clean.

 

Love this

By Sarah

This is a great improvement from the basic wetsuit. It's easy to put on, comfortable against the skin, and warm. Use it under my 3mm wetsuit for added warmth on colder dives. Great product. Just got it so I'm not certain of the life of the product at this point. Worked great my first few dives though.

 

Great piece for diving

By diverinpink

I used the hooded vest for the first time on a recent dive trip. It worked really well under my 3 ml wetsuit. By cinching the drawstring at the bottom it didn't ride up when I put on the wetsuit. The armholes are a little big for me - otherwise it fits great. Very happy with my purchase.

 

Not fitted for women and not very warm

By Amanda C.

This vest isn't fitted for women despite what it claims. It fits like a potato sack. It's also not very warm, even under a wetsuit that compresses it to fit.

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Questions about this item:

Shopper  Why Did You Choose This?
Linda P  I'm allergic to neoprene. i'm hoping it will work
CHRIS R  love teh brand
Shopper  Is this vest supposed to worn under or over a wetsuit? I have a 3mm/5mm wetsuit. I normally wear a size med. in tops, but found the size 12 in the vest to be so tight I could hardly get it on over my head.
JOHN L  The vest can be worn either way, but prefer wearing it under a wetsuit.
Rick J  Generally worn under a wetsuit, but it is all up to the individual's preference. Neck fit is important, but you need to remember that fit around the neck needs to be close enough to prevent water flow (but NOT blood flow!). In order to have a close fit around the neck and throat, that area of the hood will be stretching fairly tight going over the face and ears. Oh, the joy of wearing a hood!
Joe S  it is supposed to be worn under the suit.
PATRICIA F  It's to be worn under a wetsuit. You want the vest to be close fitting.
JAMES D  Can't answer about the size. However, the vest is made to be worn underneath a full wetsuit. The idea is twofold. First it adds thermal protection in and of itself. Secondly it is held very close to your body by the next layer, the full wetsuit, which minimizes even more the amount of water that gets near your skin on your torso. As an added bonus, the water that enters around your neck from your outer wetsuit does not now first hit the skin of your upper chest and back. It hits the vest. Really comfortable for multi-dive days.
ELIZABETH W  Under the wetsuit. I usually wear a 6 or 8, but the sizes run very small, so I bought the largest size and it works.
Brian H  The LAVACORE vests are meant as 1st layers. They should be worn under your wet suit. It should fit slightly snug but it should not be any tighter than a wet suit. It will really boost your core heat retention. BIGTIME! U have been diving for 28 years and only started using one in the last 2 years and wow! I can only use it when. The conditions at really chilly because otherwise I get overheated actually. They are very comfy too with the soft liner and hat feels goon on the boat instead of the higher friction wetsuit. You may need a size up if it doesn't let you breathe normally and if you can't get it on and off smoothly. Safe Diving!!! Brian Heil-- Pittsburgh, PA
HEATHER D  Hooded vests are intended to be worn under your wetsuit. I ordered this vest, but returned it, as I did not like the fit. I have had both Henderson Hyperstretch (which I don't think is made anymore; replaced by Thermoprene) and Waterproof brand hooded vests that I liked much better. They are a snug fit over your head, but once you get them on, they are fine.
CHERYL H  I wear it under my wet suit, as does everyone else I know.
ROSEMARY P  I wear it under my wetsuit. The hood is tight for sure by design.
L .  I wear mine under a 3mm wet suit it was very tight when I first got it but the more I wear it the easier it gets to put on and take off
Jacques L  My wife wears it under her wetsuit. Dont adjust your weights, it's neutral in the water.
REBECCA A  I would wear it over your wetsuit. I returned 3 of the vests due to all of them being to small. I found the sizes to be not standard and was tired of the hassle and returned all of them, with shipping expense out of my pocket. VERY disappointed in the product.
L .  does this have a zipper or allow the hood the be pulled back between dives?
Jess H  I have this exact vest and often pull the hood down between dives, without taking off the vest. There's enough stretch to do so. Getting the hood back on, with all my hair tucked away, is usually the bigger challenge.
HEATHER D  I ordered this, and several other hooded vests to compare against each other. I did end up returning this item, and keeping the one from another manufacturer (I apologize, I don't remember the exact reason that I did not choose this item, as it was a year ago that I purchased it). That said, I wear a hooded vest on most dives. The material around the face is usually flexible enough that you can pull the hood off when you are not in the water (without removing the entire vest, which I presume is what you're concerned about.). I have both the Henderson Titanium and the Waterproof brand vests, and they perform well for me. Happy diving!
SHARON A  There is no zipper but it is easy enough to pull the hood back between dives.
DEBORAH K  It doesn't have a zipper but you can pull the hood back between dives. fyi - I found the opening around the face tight compared to my other hooded vests.
Kasia W  This model does not come with a zipper. You can definitely pull the hood off between the dives.
ROSEMARY P  No zipper. I just pull the hood off my head between dives. Love it! Keeps me toasty!
Rick J  If I'm not mistaken, this model does NOT have a zipper. Generally, if a hood has a zipper the manufacturer is all about flaunting that feature as it does add considerably to their cost of production.
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