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Hood and Gloves

All aquata suits are equipped with fixed hood, shoes and gloves, as they are considered being rescue and not work suits. Tests have shown that separate hood and gloves provider a poorer insulation since insufficient joints allow water ingress and a cold-bridge is created.

Some manufacturers use fixed latex gloves. They prevent direct water ingress but nevertheless do have a very poor insulation performance - even when using an additional thin neoprene glove. Moreover latex has the disadvantage that it disintegrates after being stored for a while - especially under the influence of high temperatures (storage near the machine compartment or under deck). In this case an expensive replacement would be necessary.

On a few competitors' suits the arms do have a conical shape which leads to a kind of seal at the wrist. Such a water-insulation only works, if the inside of the seal is coated with smoothskin material and furthermore the seal fits quite tightly. If the standard nylon coating is used on the inside and/or the seal does not fit tightly enough, the following problems may arise:

Water penetrates along the inside nylon lamination.

If the material of the seal has the same thickness as the arm material (around 5.0 mm upwards), its flexibility is reduced by roughly 40% compared to a standard 2.0 mm seal. This means that a universal application concerning the sizes is not given anymore since the seal has to be quite tight to also fit smaller persons (around 17 to 18 cm in diameter). If a larger person would enter the suit he or she would face problems entering the seal due to its limited flexibility. Even if the person managed to enter the seal it would be so tight that it would significantly reduce blood circulation and therefore would lead to an increased sensitivity for the temperature of the water.

Even if a thinner material (e.g. 2.0 mm) would be chosen for the seal, the problem of insufficient insulation and as a result the creation of a cold-bridge remains.

We only use fixed three-finger-gloves for our suits. Even writing, telephone use and other work is possible. Apart from the fact that water cannot enter the suit, the hand can easily withdrawn and clenched to a fist which further reduces heat transfer to the environment.

Competitors often use five-finger-gloves made of thin neoprene (usually only about 2.0 to 3.0 mm). These gloves possess a high surface due to their architecture. This leads to a higher warmth throughput than with the fixed three-finger-glove were the hand can be clenched to a fist.
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