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The Dive Hood, Your Head and Heat Loss

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After reading last month's article about a dive hood on the head as being the best way to prevent hypothermia, subscriber Harvey Cohen (New York, NY) wrote to suggest that we should get our heads examined for stating that. "If you leave significant body surface area exposed, that's where you'll lose heat. For equivalent area, heat loss is about the same, whether it's your head, your thighs, etc. Of course, divers are more likely to expose their heads than other areas, but a full wetsuit and bare head doesn't lose more heat than a shorty wetsuit and hood."...


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