The lightweight Fourth Element Thermocline Hood is the answer for all the people that don't want the claustrophobic feeling of a neoprene hood but are keen for a little extra warmth in temperate waters. It's remarkably comfortable and warm as well as being very easy to don and remove. The material is quick-drying, neutrally buoyant and provides thermal protection equivalent of 2 mm thick neoprene.
Next Generation Oceanwear
The original neutrally buoyant wetsuit system, Thermocline is lightweight, machine washable and equivalent to a 2mm neoprene wetsuit, without the wetsuit, making it perfect for those allergic to neoprene. Now, made using recycled 'Ghost' fishing nets, Thermocline is part of the Fourth Element OceanPositive collection.
- Neoprene free
- Outer contains 78% recycled Nylon
- Wind and waterproof fabric
- Neutrally buoyant
- Machine washable
- Equivalent of 2mm neoprene
Thermocline is Machine Washable
Machine wash at 30°C. Line dry. Do not use bleach. Do not iron. Do not tumble dry. Can be dry cleaned. Avoid the use of fabric softeners.
Thermocline provides a solution for many people who suffer from neoprene allergies either by replacing the traditional wetsuit entirely or acting as a barrier, reducing contact between the skin and the wetsuit itself.
Perfect for all surface water sports as well as warm water scuba, this is revolutionary thermal protection. Lightweight, neutrally buoyant, machine washable, breathable and hypo-allergenic, the Thermocline full suit combines our experience with high technology fabrics with our passion for life in, on and under the water, to produce a truly versatile lightweight wetsuit system. The fabric ensures that the wearer is more comfortable when out of the water, during surface sports, or when kitting up for a dive.
The inner fleece layer draws moisture away from the skin and wicks through the breathable membrane where it evaporates off the nylon surface. In the water, the membrane traps a thin layer next to the skin and prevents colder water from flowing over the body, perfect for surfers, freedivers and scuba divers.
Thermocline dries rapidly, often within an hour or between dives — a quick rinse and a squeeze to get rid of excess water before hanging it up inside out should ensure it is ready for your next adventure.
No more smelly neoprene suits — this wetsuit can be machine washed (we recommend using our SUB30 environmentally friendly washing liquid). Store it safely with other garments and when packing for vacation there's no need to worry about potentially damaging the fabric – it can be squeezed into that last remaining space in your luggage without any worries.
It is our experience that skin allergies to neoprene, whilst rare, are also not caused by a single compound and therefore it is difficult to be certain of preventing a problem. Thermocline has been used with a great deal of success by neoprene allergy sufferers, but it is important to consult with a doctor about any symptoms and possible alternatives.
Utilising a unique fabric made using ECONYL® recycled nylon from 'ghost' fishing nets, laminated with a waterproof membrane and thermal fleece, Thermocline revolutionises the notion that being environmentally responsible means sacrificing performance or aesthetics. The next generation Thermocline fabric is the highest performing fabric we have ever made for this application and it feels as good as it looks. Its outer layer is 78% recycled nylon, from 'ghost' fishing nets and other post-consumer waste; this truly is good for the ocean.
Fabric is 33% Econyl® Recycled Nylon / 57% Polyester / 10% Elastane.
Fourth Element Thermocline 2 Hood Features
- Thermal performance of 2mm neoprene
- Neutrally buoyant, breathable, lightweight and hypoallergenic
- Increased thermal protection
- Requires no extra lead
- Fully machine washable
Fourth Element Dive Hood Size Charts
Use the table below as a guide to help select which size Hood best suits you.
What We Think...
- Neutrally buoyant meaning less lead required — lovely!
- Equivalent warmth of a 2mm wetsuit
- Solution for people with neoprene allergies.
- An alternative to the Sharkskin, Lavacore and Enth Degree products.
This is not a regularly stocked item in our Rye dive shop and is, therefore, a Special Order item. It will be ordered for you from the distributor upon request and typically shipped directly from them to you the same day thus resulting in no delay in delivery. If they are out of stock this item becomes a special international order, typically resulting in a 4-week delay.
As a Special Order item, we are Unable To Accept Returns, please take care when ordering your size on this item.
Note: This item cannot be delivered outside of Australia.